Stepping out on his own with a veteran group of musicians, Nick Jonas rocked the Pageant to a sold-out crowd with his new band The Administration. While the two-thousands fans in the audience may have been small by Jonas Brothers standards, the intimate concert was the perfect setting to see the youngest Jonas flex his chops with his new side project.
Music Photographer's Notes:
I'm always excited to photograph a sold-out show, and Nick Jonas and the Administration were no exception. After photographing the Jonas Brothers last year to a packed out arena, the theater-style venue of the Pageant was a marked departure for the youngest Jonas brother, but a great setting for more intimate photography.
As famed photojournalist Robert Capa said, “If your picture isn't good enough, you're not close enough.” That maxim holds pretty true for live music photography, so after photographing the Jonas Brothers from concourse level of an arena while the band played on the floor, I welcomed the chance for a closer shot.
When I arrived at the venue, I saw that there was a barricade set up, albeit closed off on the sides. When I asked security if I could jump in, they said no press were allowed. Just before Nick Jonas and the Administration took the stage, I found out why. A few minutes to showtime, Rob Hoffman, the tour's photographer, jumped down from the stage and into the pit. You can see Rob's photos at WireImage.
So, while there was no photo pit access, this proved just fine. Fairly perfect, even, as a slightly more removed position from the stage provides a more flattering perspective since the shooting angle is less acute. Better yet, security urged fans to stay in their seats for the performance, so my initial fear of being mauled against the barricade by fans was easily put out of my mind.
As expected, lighting for this show was almost all spotlight on Nick Jonas. The rest of the stage treatment was very minimal, with simple backlighting of various colored cans for accent.
I photographed this set with the Nikon D3 and D700 using the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. On the fullframe cameras, these two zooms were perfect and nothing wider or more telephoto was really needed, though I did pull out the 14-24mm f/2.8 for a crowd shot to show the atmosphere.