So this year, I kicked off wedding season in unbelievable style - with the wedding of Mr and Mrs Daniel Fisher. These guys had some really cool ideas for pictures they wanted to create in the city, and to be honest, I CANNOT wait for another city wedding to come my way! So, anyway, I thought I'd share a few pictures here, all taken with my trusted Nikon D750s and various Nikon and Sigma Art lenses!
Stay tuned for more wedding posts over the coming month!
IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED - IVE FINALLY BEEN BRAVE ENOUGH TO RECORD MYSELF AGAIN, AND ACTUALLY PUT IT UP INTO THE WORLD!
This is a little different to the videos I was making previously, this is much more of a "brain dump" esque style. Just me, a GoPro and a Rode SmartLav+ Straight into my iPhone 7+.
First off - this was a lot more difficult than Phillip Bloom made it look. Like. A lot more difficult. But I wanted to create - I needed to produce something and with the world being rather quiet on the projects front at the moment, I thought it'd be a quick way to get back into creating stuff! Anyway, here goes:
As always - Let me know what you think - any feedback, anything at all - hit me up on social media @cammyhudson and let's talk!
So, Monday night was Deaf Havana on tour with their new album "All These Countless Nights" - performing at the O2 Academy, Bristol. With supporting from DEAD and Dinosaur Pile Up - although thanks to traffic on the M4, I only managed to arrive in time for Dinosaur Pile Up and Deaf Havana. Having caught the guys in DEAD last summer at YNOT Festival in Derbyshire, I HIGHLY recommend you check them out as soon as you can! Tonight was also exciting for me to test out my latest gear addition - the monstrous Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art.
But now, onto some shots of Dinosaur Pile Up first:
And now finally onto the main attraction - the mighty folks in Deaf Havana. Having never shot Deaf Havana before, this was exciting. And I've been jamming the new album since it came out and it's simply incredible. A real evolution of their sound and creativity as a band.
All in all, an incredible show by an incredible band and I'm super excited to get out with this 85mm more often!
Stay Cool :)
So, yeah, it's been a while.. over a month. Which, to be honest, isn't good enough on my part. I never wanted to become one of these "every now and then" writers. From now on, I want to push out a new piece of writing/video at least once a week. If not more. So. There. It's written down. Now - onto this story.
A Day To Remember at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.
What can I say? My favourite artist of all time? Maybe, if not, definitely top 5. So. This shoot was a big deal for me. A really big deal. And I try not to get too worked up but, to be honest, I was. I was nervous. But it's important to harness nerves and use them to your advantage. First up on the night was the charming and talented lads in Moose Blood bringing their beautiful purple hues to my day -
Keeping things going through my iTunes library, Neck Deep were up next, looking at home on the arena stage as they did when I shot them in a 300 cap venue in Edinburgh in 2014. Bringing their painfully energetic pop-punk sound and absolutely incredible crowd control from Ben. Anyway.. pictures.
And now jumping back to one of the bands that really, seriously has influenced my life and my music taste in a lot of ways. The incredible, timeless, New Found Glory. With the "20 Years of Pop Punk" backdrop behind them, it's truly hard to believe. Through the 45 minute set I don't honestly believe that they stood still for more than 2 seconds. Any of them. I was so blown away, although I have shot New Found Glory twice before, this was another level, and it was tough. So... here's some images.
Finally.. the pictures you all came here to see. My efforts at capturing the raw emotion, talent and energy of the 5 dudes from Ocala, FL. The most sensational live show of any band I have ever seen, and it never, ever is the same. But.. enough gibbering - photos:
Any of you who know me will know that Beartooth and Trash Boat are two of my favourite bands at the moment, Beartooth blend my music tastes into one beautiful sound, whilst Trash Boat are making such massive waves in the UK Pop Punk scene it's hard to not love them. Their newest album has shown how their sound can grow so much and become so refined and incredible. And last night, I was introduced to a new band, VANNA. Hailing from the US of A they brought unbelievable sounds and stage presence to the Engine Rooms in Southampton, in support of Beartooth.
Now, photo time. I'll just say, I'm really happy with this shoot. Which isn't something I say a lot as I tend to be overly critical of my own work, and am rarely happy. This time my access was sorted through my main man Tom Hawkes - Boots - of Road Hawk Touring, y'all should hit him up for anything tour related, driving, managing and teching, the hardest working man I know and a lovely dude to boot. www.facebook.com/roadhawktouring.
So.. photos... first up was Trash Boat - - -
Then it was the assault on my senses that was VANNA.
And finally, the sensational Beartooth.
All in all, I'm really happy. Any feedback/comments/ideas are always appreciated so let me know! Reach me on social media @cammyhudson.
Hey again, gonna keep the amount of writing pretty low on this one, as nobody really wants to read what I have to say (but that's alright)!
Anyway, probably my favourite artist right now is Mr Frank Turner, and his partners in crime The Sleeping Souls. So, my excitement was up high with a pass to shoot his show, literally 15 minutes drive from my house! First 3 from the pit, then the rest of the show from the crowd - or in my case, I stood on my Pelican 1510 Hard Case (www.peliproducts.co.uk).
Now... the main reason anybody is here - pictures! Starting with his first support, Ms Esme Patterson!
Now.. the main event, the spectacular Frank Turner.
So, it was time to go and photograph the gentlemen in Catfish and the Bottlemen again, for the 6th time... and I'm still not bored! Such great guys with incredible energy for what they do!
I've posted a few of these images on Facebook and Instagram, but I decided to post a wider selection of my personal selection from the evening.
This particular show was a change for me, not working for a news agency or editorial publication I could be a little more experimental with my editing and allowed me to keep shots I like that I'd otherwise have to bin.
So anyway, here goes...
This night was my first night shooting at The SSE Wembley, and I have to say, it's an incredible venue with great sound, lighting and a brilliant atmosphere for such a big place!
So that's it for this post... check back soon and I'll have some images from Frank Turner up and also Boston Manor!
At some point I will get back into making occasional videos but I'm planning for them to be more VLOG style! We shall see, we shall see!
Next weeks sometime I'll fire up some more festival images, this time from Truck Festival in Oxfordshire - ft. Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Eliza and the Bear, Moose Blood and more!
Stay safe in this mental crazy world we live in,
Back down to Southampton last Saturday night with some Welsh dudes to go shoot the brilliant Boston Manor at their headline show in Joiners!
Packing light for this show I took 2 Nikon D750s, a Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art, a Nikkor 14-24 2.8 and a 24-70mm 2.8 (That I didn't use) - all packed into my ThinkTank Retrospective 30, with Nikon SB5000 speedlight in there as well.
Now.. pictures.. I do have pictures of the other dudes in the band, however these were my favourite shots from the night... and here they are.
Yo, thanks for having a look.etc.. as always, stay safe and continue to create and enjoy all the incredible things human beings do.
So...as the title says...wow I'm bad at this consistent blogging thing, anyway, with a few festivals (Download namely) starting to release their main acts for 2017, I thought it was about time I released some more of my festival images from the summer, starting with the first, T in the Park.
Held annually in Scotland, T in the Park is one of the UKs biggest mainstream music festivals, drawing in crowds of nearly 100,000 every year, this year, was my turn to try and capture the 3 day festival in still images... so... here goes. Also, just for information, I was on assignment for a news image wire service, delivering images after every set.
Wow this post is getting long... stick with me (if you've made it this far!) Halfway through now!
So.. this was a lot longer than I expected, but... it was made with the help of a good few glasses of wine... anyway, if you made it this far, I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for similar posts for Truck Festival and YNOT Fest! It's taken me this long to do this as I was there for a press assignment, I had not time to go back through my images and do my own processing for this post! So yeah..
Thanks, and peace :)
So.. that's another tour done with the boys in Where There's Life - as frustrating as that is, I hope to be back out on the road asap with some cool people!
Anyway, whilst away, I wanted to focus heavily on video this time, as I know myself I need to improve and develop my skills in that area.
Each night, I produced a short, 1 minute (ish) video from each show - for social media.etc - I feel this pushed me to create, obviously a challenge I enjoy. From little preshow talks, to an avengers analogy at the end of the last one - I'm happy with them all!
First up was Dundee, Fat Sam's to be specific. An upgrade from the Dundee show on the previous tour to say the least.
Next up was Worcester, in a tiny record store in the middle of the city. Crazy venue... we were all a bit surprised but hyped for the show - with load in having to take a total of 5 minutes we were all super tired.
After the Worcester show we went down and stayed with the dudes in Led By Lanterns at band pads in Birmingham. Super cool dudes and through the wall of our room we heard their sweet sweet harmonies as they practised for their acoustic show.
Next day we drove up to Manchester and headed straight to Taco Bell. As you do.
Onto the venue, where the boys in Where There's Life and Everyone and Anyone were to open for an Offspring tribute band at Rebellion, Manchester.
With an incredible show put down by the Offspring Tribute band, Manchester was a solid success! Now... onto Wales! Staying at the house of one of the members of Everyone and Anyone, we drove to North Wale. Whilst in Rhyl, we went to the bar that one of the dudes in Everyone and Anyone's parents own, and I saw a snooker table wth a cool blue wall and window light.. so.. boom. Picture time. I called the guys back up stairs and we shot this photo -
The Wrexham show was at Rewind, Wrexham, thanks to the dudes in Reckless Promotions. The venue was super small but to be honest, that just added to it - with about 30 people there, the place was rammed!
All in all... another stellar trip with the guys in Where There's Life, and its was cool to make new friends in the form of Everyone and Anyone !
It’s been a while… a really long while
So, yeah, it’s been a long long time since I’ve written one of these ramblings about my life. So, here goes. I’ve recently moved to Hampshire and am currently trying to sort my life out, through expanding my business into weddings and functions, as well as pushing my own abilities in new fields such as continuing to evolve my video work and continue trying to push my own youtube channel and educational/entertaining videos.
On the subject of YouTube, yes it has been a while, and I apologise. For those of you who actually care what I have to say, I cannot express my gratitude to you, and I have even had a few people ask when I’m coming back. I wish I could explain how much that means. Anyway, there is a video (or 2/3/4) coming, to update you all on what’s been happening, some new projects I have, some new gear I have thanks to the lovely people at Nikon, and to ask you all for some help.
That’s right, help. I need each and every person reading this to think about whether they know anybody who is soon to be married/planning a wedding. Then I need you to tell them about my site, about my work and point them in my direction. I want to capture their special day. Whilst I have not shot a wedding before, I have great experience in the world of family functions, wedding anniversary parties.etc. Therefore, I believe I could comprehensively cover a wedding day (with another photographer in tow.)
Moving to the future
As the heading suggests, I want to be at the forefront of the future of the art, and as such I am currently investigating 360 degree photography and cinematography, for use in VR headsets.etc. So, if anybody knows anyone in Ricoh, Samsung or Nikon who want to loan me a 360 camera… hit me up as soon as! ;)
In the next week or so I hope to have updated posts containing my favourite images from festivals season, my time at T in the Park, Truck Festival and Y Not Festival. My hope is to have all of this sorted and posted before I head out for a little long weekend away with my good friends in Where There’s Life, as they’re playing a few shows:
October 6th - Fat Sam’s (Dundee, Scotland)
October 7th - Rise Music Record Store (Worcester, England)
October 9th - Rewind (Wrexham, Wales)
And, they recently released the music video I filmed/produced for them at the start of the year, find it here:
and please please tell me what you think! It genuinely means a lot!
So, yeah… that’s what’s happening, and I’m excited!
As always, feel free to email/call me with any questions or comments!
So yesterday, I decided to drive up to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park here in Scotland, the intention being, get to the top of Ben Lomond for sunset time, and get some beautiful sunset photos looking over the loch to the hills to the west. However, the great Scottish weather had other plans, low low clouds and grey skies meant that the sunset plan was definitely not happening, so, I hiked up about half way, then decided to go home, as I realised the sky wasn't clearing any time soon. Although, I did shoot on the way up so I'm not unhappy with my photos.
Anyway, I hope to get back up on a nicer evening and actually make it to the top!
And here it is, my final post of Slam Dunk South 2016. Hefty beatdowns on the atlas stage courtesy of Miss May I.
Had serious serious fun shooting this set of Memphis May Fire - and yes, I have photos of all members, the photos on these posts are just my personal favourite photos of the shoot.
Only a few bands to go - thank god, my eyes are hurting - This time, it's the guys in The World Alive slaying the Atlas Stage with some serious air time.
Again, some serious 14 year old nostalgia here, with The Amity Affliction jamming hard on the Atlas stage mid afternoon.
So, easily the darkest show of the day for me was Real Friends, incredibly difficult light but I'm glad I saved some of em
Right, this might be the last one for a while as the staff in the Starbucks I've been working in for the past 3 hours are getting mildly annoyed so, enjoy these Young Guns photos and I'll have more from Real Friends, Memphis May Fire, The World Alive and The Amity Affliction later today!!