We’re totally not in Kansas any-..oh wait.

"So Liz," you ask.  "Where are those SXSW photos you promised us this year?"

Well, sadly, I didn’t get to go to SXSW this year, as notice by my lack of updates and voracious Foursquare checkins in the Austin area.  

And while I’m bummed out about that, I guess I can’t be too upset, because…

I have a new job!

In the craziness of trying to figure out how to get to Texas, I actually ended up in Kansas, working full time for a university and doing a job that I actually kinda dig.  So I had to bow out gracefully from spending a crazy week in Texas for the opportunity to set myself up for a great day job and be able to save up for my next adventure in Austin next year.  

So, Texas, I haven’t forgotten about you!  I’ll be there, rocking out in the pits of all our favorite SXSW bands in 2013!  

In the meantime, if you’re in Kansas (specifically Topeka and the surrounding areas), and you need a live concert shoot, a performing arts shoot, or even a wedding, portrait session, or just want to go out and explore my new home, drop me a line!

What a Long Strange Trip…

I know, it’s been forever since I’ve updated.  A lot has happened in the last few months, and somehow it seems like nothing at all.  

I’ve moved back home to Pennsylvania and have set up camp at my parents’ house while I figure out my next step and how to get there.  But, this downtime has been somewhat good.  I managed to take a couple photography classes at CCAC in Pittsburgh and got a lot of great tips and tricks in Night Photography and Photographing People.  If you’re ever looking for a cheap way to learn and develop your photo skills, take a class there by Jacquelyn Cynkar, cause she’s very knowledgeable and happy to help with all your questions!

In other news, remember that time last year when I went to SXSW?  

I get to go again!  As soon as I figure out how to pay for the migration, of course.  

I’m going to make an effort to get back into blogging, but no guarantees, as my subjects are hard to find around here.  

Stay tuned in March for my SXSW assignments!

SXSW - Saturday, March 19 - Continental Club

I don’t even know who these bands are at the moment, but I’m at the airport and wanted to share them with you.  I was at the Continental Club tonight, and, as I begged on Twitter the other day, I just wanted a dark, dingy rock club with some old guys and guitars.  

And that’s precisely what I got tonight!

SXSW - Friday, March 18 - The Palm Door

Dayyyyyyy 3!  

I guess the good thing about this gig is that it’s expanding my ability to shoot different kinds of music.  

The Palm Door last night was a lot of dance, hip-hop, rap, electronic, and several DJs.  The Fool’s Gold family sure puts on a fun show - even if the lighting was bad and I could barely push my way to the stage half the time.

Here we go:

Party Supply:

Telephoned:

The Suzan (ps, these girls from Japan were peppy and simply ADORBZ - and pretty darn good):

SXSW - Thursday, March 17 - Dot Com Stage & The Ale House

Ok, day two!  

Who’s ready for some more metal?

I got called in yesterday afternoon to cover a shift, and spent my afternoon at the Dot Com Stage in the Austin Convention Center.  Saw some pretty excellent music.  I guess that’s the benefit of shooting this festival - finding new bands and becoming a super fan. 

Anyway, here’s one of Neon Hitch.  This girl had a serious Gaga quality about her, but it had a twist.  I’m interested to see where she goes in the next few years.  I can definitely see them succeeding.

Then I hopped over to the Ale House for my evening shows.  I’m not a metal girl, but for the most part, at least it was good metal.  My main focus was supposed to be Daniel Lioneye.  Turns out, this is a metal band I could see myself getting behind:

And, as a special guest, Peter Murphy played an acoustic set.  That’s pretty rad.

Off tonight to work the Palm Door!

SXSW - Wednesday, March 16 - Havana Bar

So it begins!

Last night, I was assigned to the Havana Bar in downtown Austin to shoot what turned out to be two totally separate venues that I was responsible for covering.  Inside were smaller, quirkier bands, and outside in the backyard?  Death metal.  

Let’s just say I am going to search in earnest for earplugs for today to make sure I don’t go completely deaf during this trip.  

Here are a few picks from last night:

Ultrageist:

Chapter 24:

Veil of Maya:

Chips for the Poor:

I shot ten bands last night, so clearly, I’m missing a few in this post.  However, time’s running short this morning - I’m being called in to cover another photog’s shoot this afternoon.  I’ll be at the Dot Com stage in the Austin Convention Center this afternoon from 1-6 and at the Ale House from 8-2.

See you all latah!