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Onstage Portraits – Warped Tour

This was my 6th or 7th year photographing and traveling on Warped Tour. I love it. It opened up more opportunities in my career than I can count. You can read about them–I think I have blogged just about every Warped Tour I have been on in my blog. Anyway, this year I was bored. It’s not that Warped Touring is boring–the shots were just not very challenging for me!  Not trying to sound show-offy, just being honest. I have shot Warped Tour A LOT.

I need to learn and grow. Plus, anyone can get the shots. Everyone has access everywhere it seems and there are at least 15 photographers on Warped Tour at all times. In addition there are so many photographers trying to get on stage I just felt bad even asking, so shooting from the pit was preferable for me. When I started there was maybe one other photographer. Her name is Lisa Johnson, and she has been there since the start – *bow down*. Anyway I decided to make myself a real life video game. I am a collector, I like to collect things. Nothing physical anymore- I don’t have space for that! But photos, photos I can collect. So I decided to gather peoples faces. I created a few rules for myself. Every game has rules, that’s what makes it a challenge!

– must be able to see the pores of subject
– must use 70-200mm with 2x extender on it, or a 400mm if you decided to sell the car you don’t have (talking to myself here)
– must shoot in daylight / keep iso under 3600 or it becomes too grainy
– you can break these rules once in awhile

This is something I have been shooting and figuring out since last year at Warped Tour, and I feel like I have finally gotten pretty good at it. You can find a few other onstage portraits scattered throughout my Warped Tour 2013 post and in my Soundwave 2014 post. I just love them so much. I want to print out each one and touch the persons face. Is that creepy? I just love seeing it all close up in a setting where you usually aren’t able to get that close.

photo by Danny Hernandez

So now you know why I was walking around with a lens that was the size of your arm at Warped Tour this year. Anyway, here they are in no particular order.

Warped Tour Onstage Portraits

Onstage Portrait - Nick Santino
Onstage Portrait – Nick Santino
Onstage Portrait - PVRIS
Onstage Portrait – PVRIS
Onstage Portrait - PVRIS
Onstage Portrait – PVRIS
Onstage Portrait - Will Levy of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait – Will Levy of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait - Kelen Capener of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait – Kelen Capener of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait - Parker Cannon of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait – Parker Cannon of The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait - Ricky Horror of Motionless In White
Onstage Portrait – Ricky Horror of Motionless In White
Onstage Portrait - Ryan Sitkowski of Motionless In White
Onstage Portrait – Ryan Sitkowski of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait - Chris Cerulli of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait – Chris Cerulli of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait - Chris Cerulli of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait – Chris Cerulli of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait - Joshua Balz of Motionless In White
Onstage Portait – Joshua Balz of Motionless In White
Onstage Portrait - The Word Alive
Onstage Portrait – The Word Alive
Onstage Portrait - The Word Alive
Onstage Portrait – Telle of The Word Alive
Onstage Portrait - Drew York of Stray From The Path
Onstage Portrait – Drew York of Stray From The Path
Onstage Portrait - Michael Bohn Issues
Onstage Portrait – Michael Bohn Issues
Onstage Portrait - Andrew Velasquez of Crown The Empire
Onstage Portrait – Andrew Velasquez of Crown The Empire
Onstage Portrait - Watsky
Onstage Portrait – Watsky
Onstage Portrait - Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade
Onstage Portrait – Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade
Onstage Portrait - John O'Callaghan of The Maine
Onstage Portrait – John O’Callaghan of The Maine
Onstage Portrait - Matt West of Neck Deep
Onstage Portrait – Matt West of Neck Deep
Onstage Portrait - Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait – Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait - Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait – Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait - Alex of Chelsea Grin
Onstage Portrait – Alex Koehler of Chelsea Grin
Onstage Portrait - Chris Rubey of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait – Chris Rubey of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portrait - Jim of The Ghost Inside
Onstage Portrait – Jim Riley of The Ghost Inside
Onstage Portrait - Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portrait – Jacky  Vincent of Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portrait - The Ghost Inside
Onstage Portrait – Zach Johnson of The Ghost Inside
Onstage Portrait - David Escamilla of Crown The Empire
Onstage Portrait – David Escamilla of Crown The Empire
Onstage Portrait - Takahiro Morita of One Ok Rock
Onstage Portrait – Takahiro Morita of One Ok Rock
Onstage Portrait - The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait – Kevin Geyer of  The Story So Far
Onstage Portrait - John O'Callaghan of The Maine
Onstage Portrait – John O’Callaghan of The Maine
Onstage Portait - Pat Kirch of The Maine
Onstage Portait – Pat Kirch of The Maine
Onstage Portait - Real Friends
Onstage Portait – Real Friends
Onstage Portait - Dan Lambton of Real Friends
Onstage Portait – Dan Lambton of Real Friends
Onstage Portait - Garret Rapp of The Color Morale
Onstage Portait – Garret Rapp of The Color Morale
Onstage Portait - Aaron Saunders of The Color Morale
Onstage Portait – Aaron Saunders of The Color Morale
Onstage Portait - Charles Trippy of We The Kings
Onstage Portait – Charles Trippy of We The Kings
Onstage Portait - Jake Mcelfresh of Front Porch Step
Onstage Portait – Jake Mcelfresh of Front Porch Step
Onstage Portait - Jeremy DePoyster of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait – Jeremy DePoyster The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait - Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait – Mike Hranica of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait -Jordan Buckley of Everytime I Die
Onstage Portait – Jordan Buckley of Everytime I Die
Onstage Portait - Dan Williams of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait – Dan Williams of The Devil Wears Prada
Onstage Portait - Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portait – Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portait - Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portait – Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse
Onstage Portait - Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Onstage Portait – Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Onstage Portait - Lynn Gunn of PVRIS
Onstage Portait – Lynn Gunn of PVRIS
Onstage Portait - Tino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men
Onstage Portait – Tino Arteaga of Of Mice & Men
Onstage Portait -Ben Barlow Neck Deep
Onstage Portait – Ben Barlow Neck Deep

A few images not from Warped… but they don’t belong anywhere else, so here goes.

Onstage Portrait - Jesse Lacey of Brand New
Onstage Portrait – Jesse Lacey of Brand New
Onstage Portrait - Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday
Onstage Portrait – Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

If you see any photos you like, put them on your tumblr, tweet them at the artist pictured, spread them on the interweb. Put the images to use as much as you can, I love seeing them everywhere.

ae

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Adam Elmakias
Adam Elmakias is a Fine Art Music Photographer based out of Los Angeles, California.