SXSW 2014 | Concert Photography | Austin, TX

The 2014 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX was one adventure that I'll never forget. I photographed The Kooks, The 1975, Parade of Lights, Emily King, Lemaitre, Daley, Young the Giant, Hey Marseilles, Claire, and Tensnake thanks to Astralwerks Records. Not only were the shows incredible, but the inexhaustible energy from all SXSW fans throughout the week kept me going. Every attendee was excited to party, watch a countless number of live shows and eat some of the amazing food that Austin had to offer. There were shows constantly playing in any bar or venue that you would walk past. You could hop in and out and head across the street if you wanted to hear someone else jam. I even spotted a few celebrities roaming around who weren't performing like Ingrid Michaelson, Drake Bell and Jared Padalecki. It was such a dream photographing The Kooks for the first time. I've been listening to their music since high school, so finally seeing them live and being their photographer was a real highlight of the trip. I'm a huge fan of The 1975 as well. Their spirit on stage was killer and I have tons of photos of them that I love. Meeting Daley opened up doors to shoot more of his shows in NYC, and I'll be photographing more Parade of Lights shows in NYC too! The lovely Emily King was fantastic in all of her performances as always and has some incredible new music that you should check out.

I selected a bunch of my favorite photos from that crazy week. It's one adventure that I'll never forget! I definitely must go next year!

xx Sam

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Rania + Carlos | Military Engagement | New Orleans, LA

Photographing a happy, giggly, military couple in the middle of New Orleans, LA was a dream come true. Rania and Carlos were so easy to work with. I don't think we ever stopped laughing. I love seeing high school sweethearts get married, especially when they ask me to capture their wedding day bliss! I met this gorgeous military couple through my best friend Shannon, so right off the bat I knew they would be incredibly fun to photograph. They are self proclaimed "foodies," so New Orleans was the perfect place for engagement photos and chowing down (with a dash of drinking) along the way! If you're ever in New Orleans, check out Mr. B's Bistro. It is famous for its Creole cuisine makes the most delicious barbecue jumbo shrimp you'll ever have!

Bourbon Street was definitely an experience and I'm glad I had these two as my guides. We all love the French Quarter for its gorgeous boutiques, the architecture is stunning, and it brought me right back to walking the streets of Paris, France two years ago. I am overjoyed that these two have become such good friends of mine. Now that Carlos has his wings, it's time to let their love fly!

Rania and Carlos: I love you dearly. You are the most down to earth couple and I've really enjoyed becoming friends with you! I admire that you both are go getters and have such a solid relationship. I can't wait for wedding day fun!

xx Sam