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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Daley | Days and Nights, US Tour | New York, NY

I had the pleasure of photographing Daley last week as he stopped in New York along his Days and Nights US Tour. He's worked with so many amazing artists and is certainly becoming a powerful name in music. He's done work with Jessie J, The Gorillaz and Marsha Ambrosius. He performed a private show at the SoHo House on his birthday, also at the Highline Ballroom, and then at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. I first met Daley last year at an Emily King show at the SoHo House and then again this year at SXSW in Austin, TX. So much has changed in a year, and I couldn't be happier to see all the incredible work he's been putting out. I'm a huge fan of his hit "Alone Together" as well as "Blame the World" and "Time Travel." Do your ears a favor and listen to his fabulous music! Jump on the Daley bandwagon because he is blowing up!

xx Sam

Emily King | Northeast Tour | PA, NY, DC, MA, RI

I've been sitting on this news for sometime now... I'm so thrilled to announce that I'll be photographing Emily King along her Northeast tour!

Tour Dates:

North Star Bar and Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, Sept. 19th

Mercury Lounge in New York, NY on Friday, Sept. 20th

The Hamilton in Washington, DC on Monday Sept. 23rd

The Red Room @ Cafe 939 in Boston, MA on Tuesday, Sept. 24th

Fete Music in Providence, RI on Thursday, Sept. 26th


What I love most about Emily is her big heart, gorgeous voice and down-to-earth attitude about all of her success. She has so much talent and the world needs to hear it! Here's a short snapshot into Emily's accomplishments: Emily received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album of the year in 2007 for her debut album "East Side Story." Her EP “Seven” was released in July, 2011 and soon after the release, she opened for Maroon 5 on their 2011 European tour. She most recently joined Emeli Sande on her 2012 UK and American tour! I first heard/saw Emily in February when she opened for Emeli Sande at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. It's been a few short months of working with one another and it's been nothing but back and forth creativity with lots of good music and photos! I adore her and all the guys in the band so very much!

Make sure you RSVP on Emily King's Facebook Events and I hope to see you along the way!

xx Sam


O.A.R. + Young the Giant | Danbury Fair Mall Show | Danbury, CT

My hometown opened a new Microsoft Store at the Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, CT, last summer. The best part about it was that Microsoft made it a celebration! They decided to have Young the Giant and O.A.R.  throw a concert to bring more people out. It was a day of fun having these two huge bands play in the parking lot of the mall that I've grown up with. Before the show started, representatives from the store were giving out memorabilia, signed guitars, and even new phones! It was a fantastic way to bring in a huge crowd for their opening day. I highly suggest future store openings do the same... please? And thank you! :)

xx Sam


Emily King | BAM Cafe and Soho House | NYC Concerts

I'm thrilled to say that I am starting to work closely with the abundantly talented Emily King as her live concert photographer and more. She is a brilliant artist and a passionate performer. It's been so lovely getting to know her and her band, photographing her performances at the Paradise Rock Club, Webster Hall, BAM Cafe and the Soho House, and being surrounded by tons of creatives. I took photos of Emily when she opened up for Emeli Sande on tour in January and was absolutely determined to work with her more. Her sound was so refreshing and I loved her look. Her songs "Down" and "Georgia" stuck with me through the rest of the evening when I heard her for the first time. After tweeting my blog post from the Boston and NYC shows to Emily, she and her manager got in contact with me almost immediately.

I love my job and all the adventures that have come from it. There's so much ahead that I simply cannot wait for.

xx Sam

Soho House:

Emily King, Daley and Maxwell! Photobomb courtesy of Jeremy! Hahaha

BAM Cafe: