I’ve been listening to Z100 for as long as I can remember, particularly Elvis Duran’s show. So to be shooting this years JINGLE BALL at Madison Square Garden for Z100 and The Morning Show was a serious thrill for me… I was granted ALL ACCESS to go and make the photos I wanted to make; a documentary of the entire concert from backstage, to the concert itself, and everything in between; the way I witnessed it.
I honestly had a lot of ground to cover. Armed with 2 Nikon D3‘s I ran around the Garden from 4pm till 11:15. I didn’t stay in one place for more than 3 minutes otherwise I would have been wasting time. Once the doors opened it was a pretty chaotic scene (but never frantic). There were tons of people backstage near the artist’s dressing rooms, as well as in the press areas. Also, moving around the Garden with tons of screaming fans, other crew, and of course the tight security meant moving fast and furious without much bulk. By the end of the night I was pretty spent, but it was worth the effort!
There were several highlights for me. One was standing backstage with Elvis Duran as he prepared to open the show. Just before he walked on he looked over to me and asked “so are you having fun?” I of course answered “OH YEAH” and then asked myself “how the heck did I get here???”
Having the opportunity to work with the Z100 staff and crew was also a major highlight. Total pros and super nice every step of the way, the concert went off without a hitch. With set changes every 20 mins or so there were so many moving parts and everyone nailed it. It was really amazing to watch and be a part of.
Being from NY however, nothing beat the feeling I had standing on the Madison Square Garden stage with camera to eye………..