Scott Stapp Concert Photography
I watched the drops of rain dance off the puddles on the ground, as I walked into the historic Arcadia Theatre in St. Charles west of Chicago. It’s my favorite kind of night, a night packed with live music. These days I find solace at concerts, a sort of palladium to the outside world and the feelings tonight were no different.
It seems a little surreal that I opened up an email asking me to shoot concert photography for Scott Stapp of Creed. I feel like it was yesterday I was watching his band’s music videos, and hearing his voice all over the radio. I was excited, anxious and a little nervous but all of those feelings quickly dissipated, as the lights faded, the theatre went black and the first chord of the guitar ranged through the crowd like a ripple in water. I lifted up my camera and snapped my first picture.
If you like this, you will love A Night of Live Music
My eyes awake in the middle of the night and yet to my surprise my legs begin to rise
I climb in a daze as I get up from my bed, grab a pen a paper and wrote what was in my head
What if I could paint the songs that I can play, what if I could fly a million miles away
What if I could live at the bottom of the sea, or see the sun rise atop the tallest tree
But who am I to say that these dreams are far away, that my lifestyle’s was here to stay, or that I’ve lived my better days
The sun may be asleep but my vision’s looking bright, no one’s on the streets but the world seem so alive
I feel like this is right, the words I’m write tonight, while thinking about my life with no worries in my sight
My mind begins to move and my thoughts begin to sooth, should probably get to bed but I have so much to do
So as the sun begins to rise, a new story begins to write, about man who’s flying high, high out of sight
Cause that is where his mind is trailing in the air, his feet were on the ground but his head was never there
So off to the unseen, blue seas, valley of trees, the volcanoes, mountains & everywhere in between
Cause it’s not about where you’ve been, but where you haven’t seen, it’s curiosity and escaping your damn routine
Can’t be afraid to be young, have fun or wonder what’s above, it’s the risk that you take that show you what your made of
So what do you want to do, when you wake up every day, go to a job to get by or accomplish something great
It’s not about your car, your house or how much you get paid, because in the end it’s you your going to hate
So do something you love, something that makes you proud, something that’s worth telling the whole damn world about
They Say, “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” and it never becomes more apparent than when I photography musicians. Whether I’m photographing a live event or simply going to concert solely for the music, theres no describing the energy and intensity each musician brings to the stage and this band was no different. New Age Renegades is a Chicago party rock cover band in which is pretty is conveyed in each photograph I took of them. If you enjoy dancing, singing along to your favorite songs, and enjoying watching/ listening to musicians who love what they do, they will not disappoint. Here are a couple of moments from New Age Renegades concert photography shoot.