Late Nights and Burritos

It would take me a few weeks to compile my favorite shots I took shooting nightlife but here's some random images I posted on Flickr and in DROPBOX that were pulled for some odd reason and they will do for this blog post...  I have never been the biggest fan of sharing my work and a lot of the time I was restricted to share because of my contracts.  This kind of started an ongoing problem with sharing my photos publicly...


"Why not EAT a Burrito at MIDNIGHT"


"Camera's ready prepare the flash." - DJ - Green Velvet/Cashmere

"Camera's ready prepare the flash." - DJ - Green Velvet/Cashmere


Nightlife is a collective term for entertainment that is available and generally more popular from the late evening into the early hours of the morning.


I fell into Nightlife photography as a way to do what I love.  When I decided photography was the career path for me it wasn't easy by any means.  My first gigs in nightlife were free and the photos were pretty crap!  Better than the average Joe simply because I was shooting with a camera that was far superior to Joe's...

My buddy Tyler and I had just turned 21 on December 9th and fell into selling some tickets to a New Years party.  When we went to pick up the tickets, I offered my services as a photographer.  I wasn't in party mode at this time, I was completely camera obsessed so I figured taking photos of the event would be fun for me.  The event went all night until 6AM, had a mini break for two hours with the music starting back up at 8AM but the party never really stopped...  I would pull photos from the event so I could laugh at myself with you but amongst the hard drives on my desk I am not sure where to even start...

Little did I know that I would spend the next two years mastering low light shooting.  I could talk for days about flash photography, on camera, off camera, bounce, double exposure slow shutter double flash, light streaking, second curtain, high speed sync, a true understanding of ISO, the benefits of fast lenses shooting wide open, the list goes on and on and I never stopped learning.  It was kind of a crazy time in my life where it seemed as if I wasn't progressing in my career nor was I doing the work I really wanted to be doing.  Looking back on it today still baffles me that I spent two years of my life engulfed with party, party, party, up all night, sleep all day lifestyle.


Avicii - Wavehouse Sunday's w/LED - My Life Every Day

Avicii - Wavehouse Sunday's w/LED - My Life Every Day


Over the course of the two + years of photographing nightlife I had moments that I loved and moments that I hated.  The feeling of not being appreciated, lack of pay, renegotiating contracts, striving to be better, finding a style while constantly being critiqued, shooting 4-6 nights a week with expectations to send images straight away the next day, retouched etc. all while trying to find new ways to feel a creative outlet.  It took a lot out of me and at times and I fell back into old habits partying like a rockstar.  I'll leave that open to interpretation as there is no need for details but I was having a lot of fun...


Those late nights and burritos slowly but surely caught up with me to say the least...


Christopher Lawrence

Christopher Lawrence


The years that I sometimes felt I was wasting my life away ended up being life lessons and experience I wouldn't trade for anything else.  Even if they were detrimental to my physical and mental health.  I don't believe in living life with regret and I am thankful for the life that I have lived.  Sometimes I wish I would have been stronger and more resilient to temptation but that seems more like regret so F that.  


Petco - DeadMau5

Petco - DeadMau5


There's been a lot of talk about burritos in this post and I am not going into detail about how many burritos I was eating and at what hour I was really eating them but one day the burrito talk will all make sense.  It's the start of a story that is personal and its a long journey and too much information to add into this blog post....