After developing a roll of film I had neglected since 2014 I was reminded of a band shoot I did in in San Francisco that year. I still had the images saved on my google drive and I downloaded them to do some reminiscing. Although its not as death defying or mind boggling as the freerunning images I shoot more often, this is where I got my start in photography.
When I started to get serious about photography I was assisting commercial photographers and applying what I was learning to my friends. All my friends at the time were in bands and through the popularity of Myspace and my love for music I got to know more bands in the Bay Area. They would hire me to do shoots like this one to use for their social media, albums, flyers, etc.
This is how I learned to make images quickly and to observe personalities. I would meet up with band members in a cool area of town depending on where they were located or where they wanted to travel to and spend all day walking around with them. Even though I was still living at home, in a way, I was also traveling.
I had so much fun living in their worlds, seeing their lives from where they slept and ate to where they practiced or hung out. Sometimes we would just pick cool places we were unfamiliar with and spend the day exploring new towns together.
I loved meeting new people and just getting to be creative with creatives. I had so much freedom to shoot what I wanted where I wanted. I think it spoiled me in a way. I never put time limits on my shoots. We just shot until we felt like we had enough images to choose from.