DragonCon 2017, what a year…. what a crowd! Every year this convention grows. I feel like this was the number one complaint from everyone I talked to though, the crowds are insane. Atlanta isn’t a small town anyhow, but putting 90,000 people in a couple square blocks is a sight to see. Granted the larger conventions are able to bring larger names, like Matt Smith (Dr Who), and Stan Lee (Marvel) just to name a couple.
None-the-less it was still a great time. I loved seeing all my friends, having the opportunity to hang out, and see/hear some amazing performances. Below is a preview of my 2017 convention. Click HEREfor the full gallery. All images are free to use for non-commercial use with credit to chphotovideo.com.
Starting the gallery are a handful of backstage portraits with the wrestlers. Yes, wrestlers. DragonCon puts on a wrestling match (trained group of people) and they put on a great show! Since a couple other photographers from the crew were covering the matches, I figured I would take a different approach this year.
As usual, I always photograph the late night material, so I get to listen to some amazing musicians and dj’s. There was a proposal during the Triforce Quartet. Congrats Kevin! The group GLANK was something new, they were actually an amazing group of percussionists using all sorts of materials to create music. Also, a personal favorite was DJ Gilbert Carrizales who wrote a majority of his music just for this show. Great guy too. Check out his soundcloudHERE.
With DragonCon coming up this next week here in Atlanta, I’m getting hyped for another exciting year of media creation!! I’m going into it this year with a goal. Not just my typical event coverage but I have a plan for some posed images w/ strobes as well as some video content. I filmed/cut a highlight video back in 2012 and figure its about time to revamp my DC experience 🙂
In light of the upcoming con I wanted to share a handful of shots from past conventions. Of course every photo has a story to go with it. A couple of my fav’s are:
~The little boy with the Mythbusters has a sign that says “I want to be cremated with flamethrowers by Adam and Jamie!”. Another Mythbusters shot where Adam says “omg, you look more like me than I do”
~Ensign Kim (Garrett Wang) as a red-shirt holding a baby over head yelling “We sacrifice this baby to the Trekie gods!.. no no, I’m just kidding, we’re not sacrificing anyone. Here’s your baby back ma’m.”
The new SunTrust Park aka home of the Atlanta Braves is a pretty amazing place.
I had the opportunity to cover a private event on the xfinity deck, which has a top notch view of the stadium. I even met Mr Reggie who was a model in a previous life 😉
This was a timelapse from a camera I stuck up in the corner on a studio shoot I assisted with. The very talented Greg Mooney was the mastermind behind this shoot. Check him and his work out at www.gmooney.com