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Brian + Kristin | Sandpoint, Idaho | 09.13.14

It was nice to be back in North Idaho for Brian + Kristin’s wedding at the Eureka Center retreat out in the woods just outside of Sandpoint. These two really nailed the North Idaho vibe with all of their special touches and details, not to mention the awesome venue. September weddings in the Northwest are always some of my favorites! Thanks for having me along Brian and Kristin!

 

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Brian + Kristin’s Engagement

Brian + Kristin are an awesome couple from Liberty Lake, Washington who will be tying the knot in Sandpoint this September. I had the pleasure of stomping around downtown Coeur d’Alene with them to document their engagement session. I love living in Coeur d’Alene because there’s such a great variety of areas to shoot at within walking distance from downtown. I took my first ever handstand engagement photos with these two which was pretty rad too. I can’t wait to document their big day in a few months!

 

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Ride the Moon Taxi

I recently photographed Moon Taxi at the recently-opened music venue in Sandpoint — The Hive. I had never heard of these guys until I stumbled across their show at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival a couple years ago and they killed it! It was interesting to see them play in a smaller, more intimate environment close to home.

 

It was a bit of a challenge photographing them as the lighting was a bit crazy and the place was packed (no photo pit), but I like shooting in these situations just as much as a huge venue with great lighting and a roomy photo pit to stomp around in. Photography is all about adapting to the situation and making the most of it. I really had to push my gear to its limits as you can see in the resulting grain in some of the photos.

 

If you like high-energy indie/alt-rock with some extended jams be sure to check these guys out if you get a chance. You can find them on iTunes, Spotify and if you just want to get a taste of them there are several videos on YouTube.

 

I did this set all in Black and White. Sometimes B&W just sorta feels right.

 

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The Huntress

Last week I received a call from The Inlander to shoot some portraits of Amanda Lowrey, a female “huntress” in Sandpoint. We trekked around in the snow in some areas surrounding her home in the woods just north of Sandpoint. The article is in print in the current issue, or online here.

 

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The coolest weekend of the year in Sandpoint, Idaho

When The Inlander asked me if I’d like to shoot the Festival at Sandpoint I got all giddy. Hell. Yes.

 

I’ve said it over and over — I love live music. I love everything about it. And when I’m given the chance to make some rectangles of musicians doing their thing, I’m all about it.

 

The great thing about a festival — other than the fact you get to shoot multiple bands — is the environment and resulting photo ops because of it. The music started at 7:30, but I started clicking my shutter at 6, precisely when the gates open. You see, it’s all general admission. Yeah, hundreds and hundreds of people fighting for those few precious spots near the stage. I got some pretty great snaps of people running as fast as they possibly could (no exaggeration) to get up front.

 

The performers were Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, Field Report, (a great band with Mumford & Sons vibes and a solid steel guitar player) We Are Augustines, with Counting Crows headlining.

 

What a blast. Adam Durlitz, lead singer for Counting Crows, was nice enough to hang out with fans prior to the show and sign a few autographs too. It’s great to see a solid little festival in small-town North Idaho.

 

Stay tuned to my blog for more concert photos in the next month. I’ll be shooting Fun. August 26, Allen Stone, The Avett Brothers and Dave Matthews Band September 4 at The Gorge, The Memorials, September 21 in Seattle (Their drummer is from The Mars Volta and guitarist is a buddy of mine from Coeur d’Alene) and also Matisyahu, in which I’m the “official photographer.” I’ll get to meet Matisyahu himself backstage after the show!

 

Yeah, September’s gonna be a fun month.

 

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