By Marc Millman
Last week I shot six shows in four nights. I started on Wednesday up at The Capitol Theatre with the incredible Joe Satriani and finished back there last night for the amazing Ben Harper. In between I shot my friends in Early Elton , The Infamous Stringdusters: The Ladies & Gentlemen Tour special guest Nicki Bluhm of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers the sensational Jon Batiste and Weezer.
Tonight I start a run of five nights straight with All The WOO In The World: An All-Star Celebration Of Bernie Worrell”. The it’s The Smashing Pumpkins with Liz Phair. From The Beacon Theatre to Brooklyn Bowl for Dr. Lonnie Smith‘s “Evolution” at Brooklyn Bowl. Then it’s E-Moves up at Harlem Stage and then finally back to my passion project on Friday night with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane & Rakim.
But on my day of rest, I shot my biggest Rockstar and her entourage.
My Daughter Julia Summer turned four a week ago. And to mark the milestone in her very young life, we threw a bowling party at one of Daddy’s “offices.” My good friend, the rock impresario Peter Shapiro was kids of enough to help me arrange an afternoon with Live music of The Beatles for the kids to dance to followed by bowling, Oyster shooters, ribs, fried chicken, hummus, friends, pizzas and burgers. The girls mainly lived out their inner fantasies with the outfits. The adults ate and drank really well. And we even bowled (Some of us much, much better than others).
There was basically no crying other than Julia smooshing a finger between two bowling balls. There was a lot of laughing and a lot of love. We brought together friends from growing up whether that meant junior high school or camp and fused them to friends from Fire Island while throwing in the grandparents, an aunt, and a cousin. And on top we sprinkled Robyn’s school connections and Julia’s classmates. We were more than 30 strong. And we rocked it Hard.
But now reality sets in. From raising money for an extremely ill groundbreaking Funk player to William Patrick Corgan and the Pumpkins. From Dr. Lonnie Smith’s spacey Jazz Funk grooves to Modern Dance moves in Harlem. And from a few of the biggest names in the history of Hip Hop Music with Rakim. Slick Rick & Big Daddy Kane through the Bat Mitzvah I shoot on Saturday, I expect that there will be no star bigger than my beautiful daughter. But that’s the way I look at every job that I am hired for.
So whether it’s a family photo shoot this spring in Central Park or during the summer on Fire Island, I want you to feel the excitement that exists when the lights go down in the arena and the band takes the stage. If you’re getting married, I want you to think that this is the biggest day of your life. But you know that you are ready to own the moment. And you can be confident that I am there to capture it with a little more flare than the average photographer.
Let’s be honest. We all can take a decent picture on a phone or our small DLSR camera kit we bought. But it doesn’t mean you really know how to use it. And for sure it doesn’t mean that you understand the rules of making images, the basic principals for shooting and editing and cropping to make a compelling image. But I do. In fact, it is really all I think about day and night.
So if you are looking to be blown away with your imagery in a less traditional way, then let’s have a conversation. I’m shooting almost non-stop until I leave for New Orleans for two weeks to cover the Jazz Festival. In fact, I’m even shooting a wedding down there. But I have plenty of time in May if not before to set something up. So whether it’s new head shots, Images for a new website, blow-ups for a Bat Mitzvah, wedding promotion images, an album cover, 50th birthday party, another 4th birthday or a wedding or Bar Mitzvah, I am here to help make it happen.
I am far from the cheapest guy out there. But I am a long way from the most expensive. And I think my work and my demeanor speak to what you can expect to get back if you follow me on social media. We will have fun. We will act a little looser. And we will work hard to get you images you will feel good about.
I can’t wait to get to next Sunday for my day of rest. I’ll be going to see Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall…to unwind my mind…and get inspired for whatever else comes my way this spring, summer and even fall.
This weeks’ images? You can either see them on this blog, Instagram or Facebook on an almost daily basis. Because after all, this is just a tuneup for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that starts in 19 days!
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