Warped Tour 2016 - Band Photographer - Summer Concert Series

I attended my first Warped Tour 11 years ago - I was newly 14 and headed for my first year of High School. I spent that hot summer day waiting for bands like Fall Out Boy, Circa Survive, Mest, and Atreyu. I couldn't believe that there were so much music in the same place for such a low price. I racked up on my T-shirts for the school year. I remember being packed against kids for hours waiting to see a glimpse of my favorite bands, and I even remember the photographers who stood ahead of me, in front of the grate and wondered - How can I do that? 

Over the last year - Mark has been shooting concerts non-stop for a publication called Pop Deflators that gave us enough ammo to warrant our own photo passes for this years Warped in VA Beach. I have to say I was pretty excited, especially since the lineup this year included a lot of old school bands I had grown up with such as YellowcardSum 41Mayday Parade, and We The Kings

 

Warped Tour 2016 - VA Beach - Band Photographer

Over the last year - Mark has been shooting concerts non-stop for a publication called Pop Deflators that gave us enough ammo to warrant our own photo passes for this years Warped in VA Beach. I have to say I was pretty excited, especially since the lineup this year included a lot of old school bands I had grown up with such as Yellowcard, Sum 41, Mayday Parade, and We The Kings

Even though the weather proved to be challenging - 100 degrees with no cloud coverage, the rush of being so close to such amazing musicians and photographing them for all to enjoy was the adrenaline boost I needed to power through the majority of the day. 

Falling In Reverse's frontman Ronnie Radke gets the entire audience to sit down and raise their hands. 

Falling In Reverse's frontman Ronnie Radke gets the entire audience to sit down and raise their hands. 

When I was younger - Warped Tour always represented a sense of community, of belonging in a group, of powering through torrential downpours, heat waves, or other elements just to satisfy your desire to hear your favorite band, to move with the music, to scream at the top of your lungs without anyone looking.

It was a community that watched out for one another. Remember that photographer I mentioned, I will never forget her sacrificing her water for me, because I was literally dehydrating. It was this sense of camaraderie and compassion that led me to continue to attend Warped Tour for years and years. 

Warped Tour 2016 - VA Beach - Band Photographer

t's not just a place to fit in but also a place to live, have experiences, make life lasting memories. I'll never forget the first (and only) time I crowd surfed. I was standing in the back for Coheed and Cambria and I knew there was no way I could see them - as I am only 5'0. A group of guys watched me as I tried to peer over a sea of heads, and eventually asked - "Would you like to go up?" 

Effortlessly they threw my body into the crowd as a wave of hands pushed me towards the stage. I watched Coheed from the sky that day. I may have lost my phone (which someone turned it - remember nice people here folks) but it was a memory I was glad I got to have. 

Warped Tour 2016 - VA Beach - Band Photographer
The Interrupters - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer

It wasn't too long ago that Warped Tour was celebrating it's 10th anniversary. They added extra tour dates that year and instead of traveling 3 plus hours I only had to go down the road. I can only hope that I can participate for the next 10 years - watching new faces experience a true day to remember. 

Til next year friends, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and sing your hearts out! 

Warped Tour 2016 - VA Beach - Band Photographer

Emarosa

Emarosa - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer
Emarosa - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer
Emarosa - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer
Emarosa - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer
Emarosa - Warped Tour 2016 - Virginia Beach - Band Photographer

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