Portraits: Underoath


What do you do when you have 15 minutes to photograph a Grammy-nominated band on a pitch black loading dock? You dial in the lights, hold onto your butt, and let it fly. That's the plan going in, anyway.

Before Underoath's performance last weekend, I had the privilege of photographing the six-piece band in a very quick portrait session. Here are the results.



Underoath – Portraits



Underoath – Portraits

Underoath – Portraits

Underoath – Portraits

Underoath – Portraits

Photographer's Notes:

The time really flew by on this one. When the schedule came in, I immediately noted the time.

6:00pm – 10-15 minute photo shoot.

Pretty quick, but a great challenge. Due to the short time frame and constraints of shooting before the band's performance, the locations for this shoot were basically limited to what was in a minute's walking distance of the venue.

To make things more interesting, all the views for one side of the venue, which included nearby industrial sites and power stations, were off-limits for photo due to protection of Homeland Security. This limitation left the primary options as a gravel lot on the other side of the building and the loading docks of a small warehouse immediately adjacent.

Just before 6:00, I called the band's manager, met up with the guys, and walked them over to the location, where we did two main looks: one shooting down the walk of the loading docks, one shooting into it.

For this set, I used the Nikon D3 with the SB-900 as the commander, which triggered up to four remote flashes, with two shot into 45″ umbrellas. The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 was used for the majority of these shots, with just a few with the 14-24mm f/2.8.

End Notes:

Big thanks to MSO, RLM, Brian S., and the band for making this shoot happen. Shout out to Dave Mullis for assisting.

Stay tuned for the images from Underoath's performance, coming up!

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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