December 31st, 2011 will always be a special memory for me. There’s nothing like celebrating New Years Eve with family and friends at the Moody Theater while watching Willie Nelson & Family bring in the New Year. That night was very magical; you could feel the energy in the air. I was also lucky enough to have one of my closest friends in attendance, Sir Kiko.
I remember repeatedly checking my gear over and over again in a seemingly paranoid fashion; must have been something in the air that night! I often tell people that when I photograph, Willie Nelson, it feels like the first time, every time. I mean let’s be honest here, the man is a legend.
Once of the main reasons I like photographing Willie is his charisma; the way he works a crowd is incredibly inspiring; every song is like a story time adventure; he just has so much character. I’ve always felt confident that I could capture Willie in an iconic and flattering way. I feel comforted when his long time fans compliment my work and ask me to sign their prints.
After a superb set from, Jamey Johnson, the drifter took the stage and electrified the crowd. I remember the fans moving forward towards the stage in an effort to get a closer look at him. Stage front and ready to take photos, I was suddenly surrounded by screaming fans reaching out to him. Hands down, Willie has the best fans in the world! I wasn’t able to take a photo until the second song.
Watching Willie on stage playing music with his family & friends is very endearing; having the opportunity to experience it and document it is very humbling. Everything about Willie is fascinating from his storied past to his red bandana & braided hair; the Red Headed Stranger is without a doubt my favorite artist to photograph.
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If you haven’t seen Willie in concert you should definitely make it a priority; he’s still on the road playing music with his friends all over the county. The entire cast of characters including his family, band, crew and fans are like one big family; they’re approachable, friendly, and gracious. Go online right now and buy tickets to the next show in your town.
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