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Underoath in New Orleans | Music Photography by Jordan Hefler

Underoath in New Orleans | Music Photography | Jordan Hefler

The other day I got the opportunity to photograph Underoath for Stitched Sound in New Orleans (review linked here!)

For all you emo kids, you know that Underoath is LEGENDARY and has been a staple in the music scene for a long long time now. They were really big when I was in middle school, and after some ups and downs over the past decade, they’re finally back together and releasing new music.

It’s been a crazy, busy, STRESSFUL time for me lately and as cheesy as it sounds, this show was pretty much the highlight of my month. I’ve actually been listening to them nonstop since the show because the live performance was that good. Sometimes you go to a concert and it’s like an out of body experience- I’ve only been to a few shows like that and this was definitely one of them.

Here are my fave shots from the show below! SIDENOTE- as a photographer I always feel super guilty when I get too many shots of the singer. I try to be mindful of that when I’m shooting, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes. When you’re in the pit for only 3 songs you tend to gravitate towards the action, the way the lighting falls on the band members, the layout of their stage presence, and where you can maneuver yourself in the pit around the other photographers. I regret getting so many of Spencer and not getting more shots of the rest of the band. Sorry Underoath you’re all great!!

All photos © Jordan Hefler for Stitched Sound. Credit must be present if reposted anywhere.

Underoath in New Orleans | Music Photography | Jordan Hefler

LilWeezyAna Fest / New Orleans / Music by Jordan Hefler

LilWeezyAna Fest, this year boasting acts "Collegrove" (Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) Yo Gotti, Migos, and special guests Mystikal, PNC, and Chris Brown, had an unbelievable turnout at Champions Square for its second year in New Orleans, LA. After an afternoon of heavy rain, the weather threatened to complicate the fest, but rain held out to see Lil Wayne return to his hometown of NOLA and deliver a high-energy performance. Busting onto the scene with older crowd favorites such as "Go DJ" "Sky's the Limit" and even performing "Duffel Bag Boy" on stage with 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne performed everything full-out with contagious enthusiasm and a huge grin on his face.

I had the time of my life photographing this show (all the other photographers seemed to be like "Who's Migos? Who's Yo Gotti? And I'm like ermmm everyone playing tonight is my Turn Up playlist on Spotify...) I'm not sure how professional it was of me to rap all the words to "Duffel Bag Boy" and "Crack" into my camera but whatever I'M DIFFERENT YEAYUH I'M DIFFERENT.

The lighting production was incredible. Although I will say I was cracking up at the "Collegrove" graphic that was on all the screens on the stage... someone needs to fire their graphic designer because it obviously wasn't properly sized for the screen and looked ridiculous. But that's enough of me being critical lol. Everything was great, the weather held out, and I now have some of my most favorite images to add to my portfolio. It was my pleasure to cover the night for Stitched Sound. I'd like to think these are some of my most impressive yet! Fingers crossed that I get to photograph Drake & Future this Friday (because it'll be my birthday and that will be the coolest birthday gift EVER.)

Photographed for Stitched Sound. All photos © Jordan Hefler. Images must retain proper credit if reposted anywhere.

Photographed for Stitched Sound. All photos © Jordan Hefler. Images must retain proper credit if reposted anywhere.