When I'm not shooting weddings or taking senior portraits in a mobile studio for Mare Studios, my "day job" so to speak is as a page designer/photographer for the South County Independent, North East Independent and Newport Daily News and rarely is that more of a privilege than when I get to go out on an assignment that engages my professional and personal sides the way the Newport Folk Festival does.
The Folk Festival is a three-day long piece of musical magic that is, quite simply, a summer staple on the island and even if you're "not into that kind of music," you'll find plenty to love.
For me, the allure of shooting this event is two-fold. One, I rarely if ever get the type of access I would love at a professional music concert. Sure, I can shoot high school plays and theater productions all I want but unfortunately I am not currently cool enough to get my work picked up by publications like Rolling Stone or Spin Magazine. (Though that would be pretty sweet.) Second, I have actually begun to enjoy the music at this festival.
Call it a desire to expand my roots if you would but I love finding new music to listen to and the annual event has been a gold mine.
That's why, despite this being the busiest time of the year for me, I jumped at the chance to shoot the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and, let me tell you, it did not disappoint. Heading into the event, I was really looking forward to seeing Hozier, whose debut album is one of my favorite pieces of music in the past two years, and the band First Aid Kit, who I discovered while prepping for this year's festival.
Both performances were incredible and I feel blessed to have been lucky enough to shoot it. This was definitely a highlight for my work over the past few years and, honestly, I think the photos came out great.
So, if you'd like to see a slightly different side of my photography skills, please check out the gallery of photos I've posted from this event. Many appeared in the July 27th, 2015 edition of the Newport Daily News but most did not.
And for that reason alone, I had to publish a gallery online. It would have been irresponsible to let these beautiful moments go to waste. :)