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X Ambassadors + Parade of Lights | The Reason Tour | CT + NY

X Ambassadors and Parade of Lights were on tour recently and when I went to photograph them, I didn’t know their performances would shake me to my core. I had the great opportunity to photograph both bands at The Space in Hamden, CT and at The Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

I first saw Parade of Lights at SXSW in Austin, TX. I had such a fantastic time photographing them at the renowned music festival. Combining their sound with X Ambassadors was the perfect mix of alt-electro and alt-rock. Both bands have high energy throughout their sets and really know how to get a crowd pumped up. Parade of Light’s EP “Golden” is taking off fast and rightly so! It’s become so difficult not to dance while photographing these guys. I just can’t help it!

Shooting for X Ambassadors was an amazing experience. Having listened to their EP “The Reason” on Spotify before attending the show, I knew X Ambassadors were going to deliver a killer evening. I didn’t know just how engulfed in their music I would become. Listening to their music online is fantastic, but in person - watching them give it all up on stage, seeing the raw passion for their music.. It’s something entirely different and soul rocking. “The Business” is one of my favorite songs ever.

Discovering new bands and photographing them live has become my passion and obsession. I am never not thinking about who’s music will blow my mind next!

I’ve posted their EPs below so you can check them out. Listen to them. Fall in love. Thank me later.

xx Sam

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 | 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: