Mumford & Sons @ Patriot Center

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Marcus Mumford of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  The band's sophomore album, Babel, debuted at number one on both the UK and US album charts and recently won the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

It’s not every day that you get to photograph the Grammy Award winners for Album of the Year just a few days after they win the award, so of course I was excited about shooting Mumford & Sons at the Patriot Center last week. Sadly, once the gig began I quickly remembered why I hated shooting them last year at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Marcus Mumford (right) of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  The band's sophomore album, Babel, debuted at number one on both the UK and US album charts and recently won the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Fresh off their Grammy win for 2013 Album of the Year, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons begin a two night stand at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Babel, the band's sophomore album, debuted at number one in both the UK and US album charts. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

Basically, for a band as openly energetic as the Mumford boys, they sure do stand still. They make Oasis look like Sleigh Bells as far as stage movement goes. And they cram so much gear on the stage that it’s very difficult to get any shots that aren’t you basic waist up torso shot. Lights for this gig were fine, but they got much better once the first three were over. But that happens so much these days I should probably just stop mentioning it.

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Winston Marshall of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  The band's sophomore album, Babel, debuted at number one on both the UK and US album charts and recently won the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Marcus Mumford of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons performs at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  The band's sophomore album, Babel, debuted at number one on both the UK and US album charts and recently won the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

FAIRFAX, VA - February 13th,  2013 - Fresh off their Grammy win for 2013 Album of the Year, Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall of British folk outfit Mumford & Sons begin a two night stand at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Babel, the band's sophomore album, debuted at number one in both the UK and US album charts. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

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