Last year was my first year shooting the traveling Jingle Ball show (Justin Beiber threw a towel at me!), and while I am not a fan of being in a crowded photo pit with a bunch of photogs that never shoot concerts, the show does provide great access to some of today’s most popular recording artists. And Flo Rida. Last year I spent a majority of my time shooting red carpet photos, but this year I focused on the actual performances. The big tickets on this night were Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke.
Also on the bill were Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony, Fall Out Boy, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore and Jason Derulo. We were given two songs per act, and honestly that was plenty. The photo pit was filled with people that had no idea what proper pit etiquette is, so I had to smack a few people on the back of their head for holding their camera above their head at the foot of the stage. That’s a no-no. There were other issues as well, but I digress. Like I said, this is a great opportunity to shoot big artists up close. Miley is touring in 2014 and I seriously doubt we’ll be this close to the stage during that show.
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