The FACES of MUSIC Project

In 2008, I was unemployed and bored of sitting around the house.  I started to think of things that I could do that would be fun, exciting and challenge me as a photographer.  Thus the idea for The FACES of MUSIC was born.  The concept was fairly simple, shoot portraits of people involved in music, be it a musician, manager, industry rep, fan, etc.  So that night, I hit up a bunch of musicians I knew to see if anyone would be interested.  Nick Townsend, then guitarist for COP, called me back and the very next day, I was off on my first shoot for The FACES of MUSIC project.  I knew this first shoot would determine the overall look and feel for the project, so the pressure was on.  I met up with Nick near his home and we set off to find locations to shoot at.  He knew of a dry lake bed that he thought would be a cool spot.  We had to hop a fence to get there, but the spot was really cool.  Within 15mins of jumping the fence, two police officers showed and put us in handcuffs.  Turns out the dry lake bed was a Federal Reservoir and they got a call that we were tagging.  Thankfully they let us go after about 20mins of questioning and looking through my photos.  After we got back to the car, I found a tennis court with a cool green wall and I got this shot on the left.  This was the shot that set the bar to The FACES of MUSIC Project and a fun story on the capturing of it.

Since that day in 2008, I have shot over 1,000 individuals.  I have had the honor of shooting this series at the Vans Warped Tour since 2009 and in 2012, my first book of portraits was published by Blackhawk Publishing.  In 2014, I self-published my second book.  This is only the beginning of this project, so let me know if you are interested in becoming a FACE of MUSIC.

Click on Nick's face to see images from the Project
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