I got to shoot my friend Kyle Reynolds this past Tuesday. The last show of 2011. I nearly forgot about the show, but was still up for shooting. I drove up to HOB Anaheim after work and I was very surprised when I only had a press pass. All I could think was "my luck." Lately, I have had no luck with shooting shows, so why was I even surprised? I decided to wait a little bit just to see if I knew anyone. As I'm texting my friend Cody telling him "well it happened again. No ticket. Music photography and I are through. There have been plenty of clear signs," this guy comes up and asks if I need a ticket. I respond "Oh no, I'm not buying a ticket" and he says "it's free." Then I spend the next few moments asking him over and over if he is serious and soon after I begin to cry and tell him he has no idea how much this means to me. Not that he really even cared, but just as I'm watching the door close right before my eyes he opens it again.
The point is... Just when the world is telling you it's time to give up, God is telling you this is just the beginning. It's not about what I want or what music wants or what the world wants. It is about what He wants. It is about His will. I will be the first to say that is all I want for my life. I have seen firsthand what it is like trying to do things on your own and by the standards of the world. You get absolutely no where or you get somewhere and lose it all. Doing it by God's standards is the only way to be, so here is to another year of music photography, Lord willing.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Meet my good friends Romeo Lacoste and Maegan Squibb. Romeo is a tattoo artist from Jacksonville, Florida who has tattooed some of the biggest bands of our music scene, such as We Came as Romans and A Skylit Drive. He and his girlfriend Maegan moved to San Diego a few months ago. Romeo and I have been friends on Facebook for years and I have been following him on Twitter as well. When I found out he was moving here and had basically no friends in the area, I made sure he knew he had at least one good friend. He is a really rad dude and is one of my best friends. I'll never forget the first time I met the two of them. We all went to the beach, took pictures, and got Mexican food. Typical California day. I am so blessed to have these two as my friends! These photos are from when we went to Sea World together a couple of weeks ago. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!