We did three cities in one night, our last show started a little bit past my bedtime

My Favorite Person To Travel With Is Diplo

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. He truly does it in what I would consider being the best way to travel. The least time spent in transit, virtual no time spent in hotel rooms sleeping, paired with his authentic interest in culture and people. Everywhere he (we) go – he just wants to see what people from the area do, and how they live and experience it.

I try my best to only tell my stories of being with an artist, and not to tell their stories. Sometimes it is hard with Wes because when I am with him – I do almost everything he does. But here goes.

When I would travel with bands I would lay it all out one at a time. Our schedule would either be a show day, or a travel day. So one date, one day. With Diplo and/or Major Lazer – it is often two cities, three shows, and travel at night or in the morning. It’s a hectic life. I respect the hell out of the people that throw it together and work as hard as they do. I only go out with him for a little bit a time, but it is some of the most fun I have ever had in my life.

These are the places we went
This is what our dropbox looks like

I feel that some people think he is the best to travel with because he is the most wealthy, or the most successful, or most famous, etc. Honestly, that just isn’t it. Sure some things would take more time or be more difficult if he didn’t earn as much money as he does – like private jets, or really nice hotels. But the time we spend on those things is so small, they just enable him to have more time on the ground.

I have traveled with him in ways most of the artists I have met or work with – just won’t. He goes to most places without security and walks around the streets of wherever we are on his own. He schedules his own activities and finds what he wants to do in the cities we go to, and then we do it. We do not have free time.

Anyway here are a selection of my favorite images. I don’t really release as many as I usually do with Diplo, because – well they just aren’t all mine to release. I have a few here, but we do a lot more than pictured. I’ll try my best to explain it as I go through here. For more in-depth stories check out my video below.

Atlanta/ Super Bowl Parties

We went out for dinner that night with some NFL players and a younger musician he was meeting with. I enjoyed how he acts as the almighty equalizer. If Wes says someone should be at the table, they are treated with respect. Everyone is meeting up with him because they respect him, and they respect the people he respects.

I have never really felt like I was working for him, more so – with him. It’s a nice vibe. He always introduces me with excitement and tells people my work is great. Some artists with not even refer to you by name, and I do not enjoy that vibe as much.

Diplo is my favorite person to travel with. Dinner with Diplo and friends
Dinner with Diplo and friends

We went to a bunch of different parties and events for the whole day and night. My days often ended at 5:00 or 6:00 am – usually just in time to eat breakfast at the hotel haha. Then after that, I had to be up around 10:00 am for whatever was ahead of us. One day we did Yoga, it was so wonderful. I love the health vibes.

Post Yoga workout with Diplo, who is my favorite person to travel with.
Post Yoga workout with Diplo
Diplo and Shaq.
I don’t like this image much, but it’s Shaq, so..

Rome for BVLGARI event

Rome is so beautiful. I had been here once before, ten years almost with A Day To Remember. I had a night off when I arrived, as Diplo wasn’t getting there until the next day. Once he arrives I just live his life. It is not a bad thing, that is just all there is to it. The hardest part for me is to know what gear/ how much of it I can bring with me. Some events I just simply can’t have a big bag. That is why I started using the Think Tank Urban Approach 15. Slim, looks nicer and doesn’t look so camera baggy. You can check out my gear pack here.

My Sony a7III and SIgma dp2 Quattro while traveling with Diplo.
My Sony a7III and SIgma dp2 Quattro – one for natural light and one for flash

We got dinner, then went shopping, then went to a party.

Dinner in Rome with Diplo.
Dinner in Rome
Diplo and Bella at a jewelry party thing in Rome
Diplo and Bella at a BVLGARI event in Rome

The next morning we did a quick shoot at The Vatican before taking a jet to London. I had never really traveled like this in another country before.

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Mornings in Rome
Mornings in Rome
Rome to London. Traveling with Diplo.
Rome to London
Not a good photo, but we had nice food on jet and I love nice food
Not a good photo, but we had nice food on a jet and I love nice food
Sleep while we travel. My favorite person to travel with is Diplo.
Sleep while we travel

London for Brit Awards

London was beautiful. I just remembered – I was incredibly sick. I don’t really take many meds but every moment I had alone I would spend trying to make myself feel the best I could for when I had to work. While Diplo was at the award show I got dinner with my friend Josiah Van Dien.

Diplo before the award show in London
Diplo before the Brit Awards in London
Bald people problems - overhead fans on all travel vehicles
Bald people problems – overhead fans on all travel vehicles

Paris, France

We took a train from London to Paris, it goes under the water. What a fun way to travel. We went straight from the station to the Louvre. I feel like Wes’ humor really shows through at random times. These are those times.

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Who knew they made a selfie statue
Who knew they made a selfie statue
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. This is Diplo at The Louvre in Paris, France
Diplo at The Louvre in Paris, France
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Cheesin cause she's famous
Cheesin cause she’s famous
Take the brothers everywhere, I don't blame you
Take the brothers everywhere, I don’t blame you
Some light I liked in The Louvre - if I ever go again I will take a more intentional image in this room
Some light I liked in The Louvre – if I ever go again I will take a more intentional image in this room
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Baguette in Paris
Baguette in Paris

That night we went out to eat for a business meeting they had. We were close to a very loud table, it ended up being Lizzo, she joined us for the club show that night. She dances really well.

Lizzo dancing in Paris
Lizzo dancing in Paris

New Orleans/ New York/ Vegas

This trip kind of all blurs together. It was two days, three cities.

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Always practicing
Always practicing

Carnival Festival in Brazil

Last year I went to the same festival with Diplo. It was one of my most favorite trips I have ever done in my whole life. I think this year tops it. I can’t stress enough – I just love the way I am able to live when I am with him. We stayed at a house in Salvador for most of our time there. It was massive. We had a whole team of people to cook and take care of us while we were there. Basically having everything in house makes it so every meal isn’t a mission of going somewhere, eating, coming home, etc.

Not a very good photo, but shows a little bit of what our breakfast was like. Fresh everything
Not a very good photo, but it shows a little bit of what our breakfast was like. Fresh everything
This is what a cashew plant looks like
This is what a cashew plant looks like
This Lady was amazing, she gave me her dress so I could make pants out of it
This was the head chef – and she was an amazing lady – she gave me her dress so I could make pants out of it
Walshy eating breakfast at the house we stayed at.
Walshy eating breakfast at the house we stayed at.

The first night we were in town, Diplo wasn’t there. We were set to perform carnival the night on a float. These are massive floats, I’ll show you exactly what I’m talking about in a bit. But we went before he goes there. Our group was small – it was just a few of us. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. We had a lady with us who is quite popular in Brazil. Her name is Bruna Marquezine.

I soon came to realize this because we had about ten security guards with us, which is about ten more than we usually have. But, it is Brazil – and crime happens. Wherever we walked, we were surrounded by people. Only able to move a few inches at a time. These security guards took all of our valuables, held onto them – and walked in a flying V shape around is, moving people out of the way. This is the only photo I took as I wasn’t allowed to have my camera or phone once we got into the crowds of people.

Not so great image from my iphone
Not so great image from my iPhone

This is what the front of the float looked like

This is the back of the float

This is the full view

This is Eli and I dancing with on the float. Bruna and Marina are the true pros.

As you can see it is a lot of people. Diplo arrived the next day. Our days consisted of many things. Pool, boat, random shows, flights. It was a lot, we bounced around to a few different cities. I went to bed at sunrise every night and had to be up a few hours later each day.

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Diplo photographed by Adam Elmakias in Salvador, Brazil
Diplo photographed in Salvador, Brazil
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Taking a break from running, we spoke with the ladies after
Taking a break from running, we spoke with the ladies after
My favorite person to travel with is Diplp. 8 hour DJ Diplo
8-hour DJ Diplo
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. This was our security that allowed us to walk around the festival quickly through groups of people
This was our security that allowed us to walk around the festival quickly through groups of people
This was the view from the back of our float
This was the view from the back of our float
View from back of our float
View from back of our float
Photographing Carnival from out float with the Sony A7III and the SIgma 105mm f/1.4
Photographing Carnival from out float with the Sony A7III and the Sigma 105mm f/1.4
The side of our float
The side of our float
Even fog, hands in air, dj behind booth - lets take some photos
Even fog, hands in the air, DJ behind booth – let’s take some photos
Love an evenly fogged out venue
Love an evenly fogged out venue
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. We did three cities in one night, our last show started a little bit past my bedtime
We did three cities in one night, our last show started a little bit past my bedtime
My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. Sleep while you travel cause it's hard to travel if you haven't slept
Sleep while you travel cause it’s hard to travel if you haven’t slept

This is the hike. We walked most of the way. Haha.

My favorite person to travel with is Diplo. The second time I have done the Dois Irmãos hike in Rio de Janeiro with Wes
The second time I have done the Dois Irmãos hike in Rio de Janeiro with Wes
He looks strong because he actually is. I would say he beat me up this hill by at least ten minutes.
He looks strong because he actually is. I would say he beat me up this hill by at least ten minutes.
Salvador in the background
Salvador in the background

Miami for Miami Music Week

Miami was fun. We were mostly in clubs, where I got a bunch of images that get my job done – but they don’t actually fulfill me artistically. These are my favorite ones I took over the few days we were in Miami.

Portrait of Wes on the beach in Miami, Florida - photographed with Sony 35mm f/2.8
Portrait of Wes on the beach in Miami, Florida – photographed with Sony 35mm f/2.8
Portrait of Wes on the beach in Miami, Florida - photographed with Sony 35mm f/2.8
I love the black and white conversion on this

San Diego Surfing

Diplo had a random show in San Diego, which is where I was living at the time. I don’t surf, but I take photos of people surfing.

Sony A7III with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8
Sony A7III with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 with a 2x Teleconverter
Surfing in San Diego
Surfing in San Diego
Surfing in San Diego with Diplo, shot with the Sigma dp3 Quattro
Surfing in San Diego with Diplo