January 15, 2015

American Songwriter 30th Anniversary Party Recap (Video)

For my first video project of 2015, I was hired to film a recap video for American Songwriter Magazine's 30th Anniversary Bash at City Winery in Nashville. Shoutout to my friends over at Mountain Agency for making it happen. 

Had a great time at the event; got to meet and witness some excellent live performances from these amazingly talented songwriters! Also knocked off some of the video production rust as I have been mostly shooting still image projects as of late:)

Here's the official rundown:
"American Songwriter celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a talent-studded concert at City Winery Nashville on January 8, 2014. The evening included performances by AS favorites such as Jason Isbell, John Oates, Cory Branan, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Lauderdale, Andrew Combs, Cale Tyson, Alanna Royale, and The Deep Hollow – all backed by the “intoxicating sounds” of house band Steelism. Watch the video above and relive the fun."
via americansongwriter.com

Shot and edited by Brendan Donohue

July 24, 2014

THE BOOM BAP Nashville: Featuring COSMO BAKER Recap | 06.28.2014 (Video)

Check out the above recap vid from THE BOOM BAP last month!! The crew once again proved that they throw down the best Hip-Hop party in Nashville...Cosmo Baker was in the house and added a great energy to the night, killer set! 

Don't sleep on the July installment featuring House Shoes this Weekend (7/26) at The 5 Spot!

Shot and edited by Brendan Donohue

Photo by Kelly Hite

June 4, 2014

Meet Me At The Roof! (Video)

We recently produced this short "sizzle reel" for my clients over at Tin Roof to help promote their expansion into some new markets. 

The Southeastern-based Tin Roof has always been known as "A Live Music Joint", but is also a full service restaurant/bar with a laid back vibe where patrons can kick back, relax and have a good time whether it's day or night. Over the past year, they have expanded their reach as far north as Baltimore, MD (my home turf) and as far west as San Diego, CA; also recently announcing a second Nashville home on the city's famed Broadway strip, bringing them to a total of 13 locations nationwide...Check them out!
"And remember... Relax! You're at the Roof! Where everybody is somebody!"
**Need promotional photos/video for your business? Shoot me an email regarding inquiries and pricing**

Shot and edited by Brendan Donohue

March 12, 2014

Concert Rundown: Best of 2013 (Photos)

"Hammer Time" | Bassnectar @ Mountain Oasis Music Festival
It's hard to believe that we are already almost three months into 2014! I can't quite put my finger on when 2013 ended and a new year began; it all seems to run together at this point. It's been quite an eventful and busy year so far, hence this being my first (and long overdue) blog post; but regardless, I wanted to share this look-back at my favorite concerts and resulting photos from 2013. 
**Those who keep up with me on facebook have probably seen most of these already, but I wanted to get them all up on here as I don't generally post photos from every individual concert on this site.**

Last year brought with it many great opportunities for shooting concerts, most of which I photographed for my associate site, Break On A Cloud. Needless to say, there were plenty of bucket list moments shooting some of my favorite artists and bands. We have basically been reaping the benefits of Nashville quickly becoming one of the largest hubs for touring bands (NOT JUST COUNTRTY!!) in the US and I've been loving every minute of it! 

Throughout the year, I worked diligently on further honing my skills with regard to concert and event photography; concentrating heavily on the techniques necessary to produce crisp and vivid, publication-worthy images. There's still a lot I have to polish up on, but feel that I really learned a lot and succeeded in many areas...making best use of available light in a venue, finding the most appropriate perspectives and angles to shoot from, applying the optimum exposure and camera settings for concerts (thanks Todd), taking time to compose and get sharp focus, working with a diverse focal range to fully capture the breadth of each event and lastly, subtly editing each image to give that extra pop.

2014 is already shaping up to be an amazing year for concerts and I am excited to continue producing and sharing memorable images from each show that I photograph. I pledge to continue stepping my game up in terms of photographic technique and keep developing my own style through more creative compositions, etc. Also, will hopefully be upgrading some of my camera gear soon, which will help to transcend some of the limitations of my current setup.

Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Major Lazer, Clutch, Orange Goblin, Deftones, Bad Religion, Beats Antique, Father John Misty, Dropkick Murphy, Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, Marilyn Manson, 311, Rancid, Phantogram, Krewella, Paramore and Metric!

Marathon Music Works, War Memorial Auditorium, Cannery Ballroom, Aaron's Amphitheater (Atlanta), The Tabernacle (Atlanta), Bridgestone Arena

Cameras: Canon 7d and t2i
Lenses: Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 non VC, Tamron 70-200 f2.8

Without further ado, here is my chronologically listed Concert Rundown for 2013. 
Scroll down the post and check out some of the images! You can click on any of the photos to enlarge or click the links under the show headings to view full galleries from each event!

Flogging Molly with Skinny Lister @ Marathon Music Works | 02.14.2013

Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang @ War Memorial Auditorium | 03.01.2013

Major Lazer @ Cannery Ballroom | 03.05.2014

Clutch with Orange Goblin @ Marathon Music Works | 03.09.2013

Deftones @ Marathon Music Works | 03.15.2013

Bad Religion with Polar Bear Club @ War Memorial Auditorium | 03.20.2013

Beats Antique @ Cannery Ballroom | 04.25.2013

Father John Misty @ Marathon Music Works | 05.10.2013

Dropkick Murphys @ Marathon Music Works | 06.06.2013

Mac Miller and Chance The Rapper @ Marathon Music Works | 07.01.2013

Marilyn Manson @ War Memorial Auditorium | 07.09.2013

311 @ Aaron's Amphitheater (Atlanta) | 07.20.2013

Rancid @ The Tabernacle (Atlanta) | 09.09.2013

Phantogram @ Marathon Music Works | 10.30.2013

Krewella @ War Memorial Auditorium | 11.12.2013
Paramore with Metric @ Bridgestone Arena | 11.26.2013