I shot Lollapalooza last year for Time Out Chicago, and I was really (REALLY) looking forward to shooting it again this year.
I sat down with them. Talked about being on the team.
But then Lollapalooza’s dumbass management — Fresh and Clean Media — decided that they were cutting back on fulfilling press pass applications. Last year, there were probably six or seven photographers representing the online magazine, and they had a team onsite who were uploading images throughout the day.
This year, there are only three.
And by three, it’s the photo editor and two shooters. I don’t think they can have a team on site.
The news kicked me in the balls. I felt very rejected.
But I have to say I can’t exactly blame Fresh and Clean. There were way too many photographers in the pits last year. And there were dudes shooting bands with GoPros, point and shoots and camera phones.
By weeding them out, they weeded me out.
Maybe if I were management at Time Out Chicago, I wouldn’t pick me either. But the experience is great, and I’ll miss it.
But I’m setting my sights on bigger and better. For example, today I’m going to help Bill shoot a portrait session with And You Will Know Us by the Trail of our Dead, a band out of Austin.
That’s really their name. They formed before twitter, so you know they’re hating that name now.
Friday morning, we’re shooting corporate head shots. Saturday, I’m helping a commercial photographer named Douglas Sonders shoot a portrait session with a metal band called, Bring Me The Horizon.
And on Sunday, Tina and I will do another corporate photo shoot for one of our biggest clients.
We have some exciting things coming up, so stay in touch.