Portraits: Hey Monday

Hey Monday – Portraits

While they were on tour with The Academy Is… and We The Kings, I caught up with power-pop rockers Hey Monday for a quick photo shoot. Fresh off the “Bill and Trav's Bogus Journey Tour,” Hey Monday are blowing up arenas across the US with Fall Out Boy, Cobra Starship, All Time Low, and Metros Station.

Hey Monday – Portraits

Hey Monday – Portraits

Hey Monday – Portraits

Hey Monday – Portraits

Shooting Notes:

First off, I just have to say how much fun it was to work with Hey Monday. This group was so down to earth and easy to work with, I was a fan even before seeing them rip up the stage. We were fighting some pretty strong wind during the end of the quick shoot, but the whole gang were troopers; just a pleasure to work with.

I used the Nikon D3 and the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. For lighting, I used the Nikon SB-900 in commander mode to control a set of three SB-600s acting as wireless remotes.

While the shoot time was based on the band's availability, we lucked out with a great slot just as the sun was setting, which allowed for some nice contrast between flash and ambient lighting.

End Notes:

I'm pulling for Hey Monday, and I'm excited to see that they're sharing stage with some great bands on their Spring tour. Cassadee,  Elliot,Mike, Jersey, Bobby, and Alex: Good luck!

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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