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Photos: We Came As Romans – 03/23/18

Recently, I saw We Came As Romans headline their Cold Like War tour, and they came to Houston at Scout Bar. The band has been a mainstay of mine since… 2011? I last saw them this past November, but they were an opening band, which was strange to see to be honest, with a much shorter set list.

I randomly came across We Came As Romans at South by Southwest in Austin. My best friend/partner and I had a break between filming interviews with bands, so we decided to hit up a showcase with a lineup of bands we loved from our punk/emo scene. Little did we know that we’d fall in love with WCAR. Well, it happened, and as fate would have it, we were assigned to cover a festival in Houston–right after the crazy week at SXSW–which WCAR was playing. Fast forward to the Take Action tour where we interviewed Kyle Pavone, Andy Glass and Dave Stephens from the band, and I was ecstatic, glowing with anticipation and excitement hiding underneath professionalism (video below).

Anyway, this show at Scout Bar was a CHALLENGE. There was no photo barrier AND We Came As Romans decided to present a dark toned ambience with flashing colored lights, which I had to capture the perfect moments of them performing. And these guys don’t sit still, either–another thing to tackle. Nevertheless I did my best to maneuver and predict good opportunities to click the shutter button.

Here’s my review for Music Connection magazine of the band’s performance:

http://www.musicconnection.com/we-came-as-romans-houston-tx/

We Came As Romans has managed to stay in my ears’ airwaves–especially with their new album, Cold Like War, which sounds phenomenal, by the way. It really was the facelift of sound they needed that didn’t quite take off with their previous self-titled album.

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*Photos from previous bands–The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempted Fate–will be posted in a separate blog.

 

 

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Challenge: 30-Day Workout and Diet Reset

Five weeks. It has been five weeks since falling off my healthy wagon. Ever since I had the flu, and been knee deep in projects (which is a good thing), I have not gotten my butt back in the gym, and on top of that, I have been eating HORRIBLY. Bread, fast food and sugar galore! Everyone knows my undying love for Wendy’s, but good lawd, they gave me so many coupons that I went almost every week religiously, sometimes TWICE in a week. Then I gave up chocolate for lent, but I ended up making 50 sugar cookies and an entire tray of lemon bar squares, which got devoured within a couple days. Horrible.

Well… tomorrow is the start of March—holy my lanta, how did we get here so fast?!—and I am determined to climb back onboard the healthy wagon with a 30-DAY RESET CHALLENGE. Yes, I realize I’m thin and don’t need to “lose weight,” but as I’ve said many time again, this is not about losing weight. Workout and healthier eating habits help maintain discipline and create a better, healthier body for myself. Plus, no one wants to feel sluggish from the food they eat and/or beat themselves up from feeling eater’s remorse.

What regimens am I incorporating this time around? I’m not going too far fetched.

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Anxieties of Photographing Concerts

**All photos are my own.

Going to concerts is always a ton of fun. Ever since I moved to Austin, TX for college in 2009, concerts have been my way of going out—not the… go out to Sixth Street and get shit-faced drunk and/or get hit on or groped by disgusting creeps. At least once a week I would go out to venues in downtown Austin (and eventually venturing out to Dallas and San Antonio) and see bands and artists I loved—shoutout to my first legit concert at La Zona Rosa to see All Time Low!

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All Time Low at La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX

Fast forward to 2011 when one of my best friends invited me to help film an interview and acoustic session for an online publication in New York, Rock Edition. Soon after that, the editor asked me to join their staff photographer and videographer team, and from that day forward, I have been photographing concerts and festivals for publications. Now… I don’t claim to be the most talented ace photographer—I still consider myself an amateur—but I will say that I have seen and dealt with a lot. This blog post is going to discuss the main anxious thoughts and feelings I get when I go to photograph live shows.

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Support

This past week has been the epitome of undying support, and it ended with a cherry on top this weekend with my family. Since the publishing of Saudade, the support has been amazing, but it wasn’t until my Twitch TV live stream celebration, the celebration at Cork Cafe and the celebration at my aunt house that it all hit me in the feels. I’ve been thankful for everything thus far, but somehow I became speechless—like words couldn’t form in my brain and come out my mouth.

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