2015 saw me begin the year using the first kit I ever owned, a Pentax KX, to upgrading to the Canon 5DMKIII, which was quite the quantum leap forward, but I have since taken some of my best work in my opinion to date. Here in this blog post I have tried to whittle down my top 15 favourite photos of the year.
I want to send a big thank you to all of the publications, and PR agencies who have given me the opportunities I have had in 2015, from shooting small clubs in Manchester to the main stage at Slam Dunk festival, and Hevy Festival; it has all been amazing.
Fall Out Boy at Manchester Arena.
Why I chose this first image was basically because it was the first time I had ever shot a gig at the legendary Manchester Arena, and not only that, but I had spent many occasions going to concerts there growing up.
Foxing at Sound Control, Manchester
As a photographer it is your job to composition what you have in front of you, and with music photography sometimes those moments are handed to you, other times, you have to think outside of the box a little more. On this occasion, there was no barrier and the stage was at a good level so my job was already made easy before I even shot anything. Having never listened to the band Foxing before photographing them, all I heard from my fellow photographer friend Jay was that they were a lot of fun to shoot. Needless to say, he was right, I had such fun capturing them, and this shot encompasses that perfectly I think.
Arcane Roots at O2 Ritz, Manchester
During Arcane Roots set on this occasion the lights were dimmed low, with only really any light coming from behind. Usually in these circumstance they can be a photographer's worst nightmare, but I managed to work a way around this, and by using the situation to my advantage I managed to compose the band in a silhouetted style. This shot became my favourite because I think it stands out.
Bayside at Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds
This photo perfectly reflects the feeling this band had whilst on stage that day, and I am glad I was there to capture it.
Lower Than Atlantis at O2 Ritz, Manchester
I had the pleasure of shooting Lower Than Atlantis again 2015, and it was quite a spectacle. The reason why I chose this photo, was because the band had some of the best lighting I had ever witnessed, and really made my job that much easier, and brought the photos to life.
Creeper at Hevy Fest, Kent
This festival was probably the epitome of friendship, I met so many fantastic people that weekend, from photographers, musicians, and more. I left this festival feeling enthusiastic about what I do, and I owe that to the people I met.
Your Illuminations at Edge Recording Studio
2015 also saw me take on some of my first paid assignments, and the first group to take a chance on me were the lovely lads in Your Illuminations. I spent a weekend with them as they put finishing touches to some new material they had recorded. They gave me free roam to shoot whatever I wanted to, and to say I am grateful for that is an understatement, I was very lucky to have been able to shoot whatever I wished, and document the band as naturally as I could. This shot is one of my favourites from that weekend, taken during a session with the guitarist Robbie.
Drug Church at Manchester Academy 2
In the last few months of 2015 I started using the double exposure feature in my camera, and lately I've been enjoying the results, such as this photo. I like how in my eyes, it perfectly captures the movement in the musician.
Crooks at Hevy Fest, Kent
I love this photo, and on a side note, this band's latest album 'Are We All The Same Distance Apart' is breathtaking.
Saint Raymond at Dot To Dot Festival, Manchester
I was lucky enough to win a competition as an official photographer for the festival, and it was a dream come true to have my passion understood and respected in such a profound way.
Foxing at Sound Control, Manchester
Basically, I love the detail in this photo and that's why it made the cut.
Fall Out Boy at Manchester Arena
Pete Wentz doing, well what he does best, amping up the crowd the up.
You Me At Six at Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds
I love this photo of the the band, they were just fantastic to watch, and capture.
NOFX at O2 Academy, Leeds
Love this shot, it's about as perfect as it gets.
Stick To Your Guns at Hevy Festival, Kent
I love this band's energy, and last album is brilliant. I think this image encapsulates their energy when they perform.