Hoodie Allen - Happy Camper Tour Photo Wrap-Up
2016 marks 3 years since I've been touring with Hoodie Allen. It's interesting to be with an artist for so long, and as a photographer a bit of a challenge to try to keep my work fresh. Every new tour there are lots of new variables like the venues, the production, the stage setup, the set itself, which help keep things interesting and make my job easier.
For the Happy Camper Tour, Hoodie brought in production that far exceeded anything we've ever had on a tour before. A full-stage video wall made for heavy backlit shows that were very challenging to shoot, but looked incredible. This, plus very dynamic lights all at the back of the stage meant lots of silhouettes and darker images. I really enjoy shooting moody photos so the challenge was welcome.
At the end of this tour I really thought I finished the whole 7-week run without capturing "the shot" that I feel like I get every tour. The one that is definitely going in my portfolio. I was kind of disappointed in myself for that, but looking back at my full body of work I'm happy with it. I took 46,000 photos this run of 37 shows, which is a lot for me. The nature of the production resulted in more throwaway photos than usual which I think warped my view of how well my photos came out this tour.
For those who are curious, this was my setup this run:
Canon 6D / Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II / Canon 35mm 1.4L / Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 / Sigma 50mm 1.4 / Canon 85mm 1.8
Here are some of my favorite photos from the Happy Camper Tour: