Photo Essay


Live at The Tabernacle

I got a phone call one day from my good friend, Bryan Howard, asking if I'd be willing to shoot his band in concert at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. They were to open a concert for Drivin' N Cryin and he wanted the best shots possible.

I jumped at the opportunity~

I had already taken shots for their webpage:

and know each of the members and feel comfortable shooting for them, and I believe vice-versa.

As time moved on, towards the big day, a lump grew in my stomach: I had never, ever shot any big-city events in a large theater. To say I was nervous would be a great understatement.

I showed up to sound check at 2:30pm. When I got my first look at the space, the house lights were turned on and I couldn't get a good feel for the light I'd be working with later in the evening. I tried everything i knew.

The knot in my stomach only grew as my uncertainty remained; how could I relax when I had no idea if anything I was going to do would turn out at all.

And, you know, I can't tell you what songs they played. Once in the zone, I was focused for the duration of their show.

-That having been said, it was clear they totally rocked, as always. All natural-born performers and musicians, they had the whole crowd wrapped around their finger from the get-go. I was proud to see them all in such a great theater, working a great show, and each of them shone in their own light: in a word - it was AWESOME!

I finally got home around 1:30 I think...

The relief from the knot in my stomach subsided greatly after the concert, but didn't altogether disappear until the next day when I saw the fruits of my labor on the computer screen.

I took me hours to sort through the 888 pictures I took of the HEAP that night. I'm very pleased with the way they all turned out. Hope you like what you see.

The HEAP is: Bryan J Howard --Bass/Vocals, Marc Gilley -- Tenor Sax, Chris Costigan -- Alto Sax, Kate Mikulka -- Bari Sax, Jeff Rieter -- Bass, Jeff Crouch -- Trumpet, Jack Stirling -- Keyboards, Ian Werden -- Drums, Diego Catalan -- Percussion

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  • Camille Wright Felton

    Camille Wright Felton gave props (1 Jan 2010):

    No one would ever know this was your first shoot in a large theater!

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