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Front Page!

… Because Salma Hayek sells papers!

Will Salma Hayek save newspapers?

Will Salma Hayek save newspapers?

Got myself a nice front page spread off the “Grown Ups” set on Monday. Walking around Southboro yesterday, I noticed that the Herald was either sold out or down to the last copy at a few places. Not too shabby!

Haven’t had a chance to pick up today’s paper, but I doubt anything I got from yesterday’s shoot got anything near the treatment I got from Monday’s stuff. Either way, nice to put my hometown on the map!

To see more, check out my archive site.

For those about to rock…

I guess I wasn’t done digging through my archive, because I went through last night and dug up some old concert photos from my time in Tampa.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love music. I don’t function without music playing for a good part of the day. Live music, in particular, is what I like to spend my time and money on. Lucky for me in Tampa, I had a lot of friends in bands or otherwise intimately involved in the local scene, so I was never a stranger at most of the local venues.

And with the number of hobbyists with DSLRs at smaller club shows, it’s no wonder why — music is fun to photograph. It’s not particularly challenging. Everything is reasonably lit for you… most of the time. the performers are giving you good emotion… most of the time. Here’s a one from some friends of mine, The Beauvilles. Rock music from Tampa, Florida:

9/11/08 - TAMPA - The Beauvilles Shawn Kyle performs at Crowbar in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2008.

9/11/08 - TAMPA - The Beauvilles Shawn Kyle performs at Crowbar in Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 11, 2008.

Shawn, the lead singer of the band, has been a friend and a soccer teammate of mine up until I moved, but he’s never let me down with the photo ops.

Of course, an arena show every now and then is always fun! There’s no substitute for a decent band melting the faces of 10k+ people in a packed arena. Easily the best band I’ve shot in arena setting is Taking Back Sunday. Adam Lazzara does not disappoint when it comes to stage presence:

12/03/06 - TAMPA - Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara twirls the microphone cord for the Ford Amphitheater crowd for 97xs Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 3, 2006.

12/03/06 - TAMPA - Taking Back Sunday lead singer Adam Lazzara twirls the microphone cord for the Ford Amphitheater crowd for 97x's Next Big Thing concert on Dec. 3, 2006.

To see the whole gallery, check out my archive site.

Hollywood to Southborough

I never thought I’d be playing the paparazzi in my hometown of Southborough, a sleepy little town about 20 miles west of Boston. But, stranger things have happened in my photo career.

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Adam Sandler and his buddies scouted the town a few months back for a movie called “Grown Ups,” settling on the Pilgrim Church on Main Street to shoot a funeral scene that sets up the film. Judging from the way Rob Schneider was dressed, I’m guessing it’s a comedy.

I went up there to get some shots of the stars on the first day of filming yesterday for the Herald. Not a bad gig, as I had been planning on checking it out at some point this week. Filming took place inside the church, due to some cloudy weather, so not a lot to be had until they came outside.

Most of the stars were very gracious and humble, and a there were  a lot of easy pictures to be had. Schneider in particular was a little too happy to see me, but hey, at least he wasn’t throwing a phone at me, Russell Crowe-style.

Herald’s got me going back a few times later this week. I’ll probably check it out later today and then get a haircut.

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