New Blog – Concert Photography: 2010, year in review

2010 – it’s been, and interesting year (review the 2009 shots here).  Some ups and downs.  Busy times, and time off.  It’s sometimes challenging balancing this passion with the day to day grind of real life – as in spreadsheets and whatnot…

Overall, I continued to shoot shows… I even shot Bumbershoot this year – you’ll see several shots from this in the review set:)

I upgraded equipment around April – from my trusty Rebel to my 5dmkII & 7d combo, along with the 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8 IS L, 50 1.4 – keeping my trusty 100 2.0 – and more recently (October) adding the 15mm 2.8 fisheye.  So lot’s of new toys to learn to use – and hopefully get more good shots.

Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap performing at the Paramount Theatre - June 2010

There were a handful of notable shows where the images and getting of images, was just so fun – that I can barely choose what my favorite frames were – I just loved the entire sets ! Those were probably June’s – Imogen Heap show (pictured at right), July’s “Sextreme Ball“, September’s – Train show, obviously- September’s – Bumbershoot, and October’s – Never Shout Never gig.  As well, I finally got to see one of my faves from the Rock Star days – Ryan Star – who managed to visit Seattle, not once, but twice(!) in one week in September 2010 – Ryan’s 11:59 is doing well, and it was so great to see him live again – hadn’t seen him perform since 2006.

I also tried my hand at capturing more crowd – some successful, sometimes less so… These are tricky and require – quickly modified exposures, the right angle of view, wide glass, good timing – and well, an enthused crowd – a lot of variables that don’t always come together…

Fans at LMFAO

Bumbershoot Fans as LMFAO performed on the State Farm Stage

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All in all a fun image year…there is drama and joy, and those quietly peaceful moments that probably most define my favorite images.

Check out, some of my faves in this year in pictures – 2010…

Foxy Shazam-22

Foxy Shazam performing at El Corazon in April 2010


Anvil performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

The Psychedelic Furs

The Psychedelic Furs performing at the Showbox Sodo in June 2010

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

Sextreme Ball: Lords of Acid

Lacey Conner (fr Rock of Love?!) of Lords of Acid, Headlining the Sextreme Ball at Studio 7

Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae performing at the Moore Theatre in April 2010

Never Shout Never

Never Shout Never performing at the Showbox Market in October 2010

Ryan Star

Ryan Star opening for Train at the Marymoor Amphitheatre in September 2010


Floater performing for their Seattle CD release at the Showbox Market in July 2010

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever performing at Neumo's in January 2010

Kate Nash

Kate Nash performing at the Showbox Market in November 2010

Preview Bumbershoot 2010 - LMFAO

LMFAO performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies performing at Marymoor Theatre in July 2010

Romany Rye

Romany Rye performing for Noise for the Needy at Neumo's in June 2010

The Maine

The Maine performing at the Showbox Market in October 2010

Bumbershoot 2010 - The Providence

The Providence performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

As  Tall As Lions

As Tall As Lions (who have recently called it quits) performing at Neumo's in April 2010


Train performing at Marymoor Amphitheatre in September 2010


Windowpane performing at the Showbox Market in July 2010

Bumbershoot 2010 - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

Goo Goo Dolls @ Sno Casino

Goo Goo Dolls performing at Sno Casino in May 2010


Visqueen performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

Sextreme Ball: Syztem Seven

Syztem Seven peforming during the Sextreme Ball at Studio 7 in July 2010

And of course – it was an honor to shoot, in one of his final live performances – Solomon Burke at Bumbershoot

Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke performing at Bumbershoot in September 2010

And just because I held this post until 2010 was officialy OVER – here is my fave from the last show of the year – literally – X performing NYE in Seattle at the Moore Theatre

Exene Cervenka of X performs on December 31, 2010  at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA (Elisa Sherman)

Exene Cervenka of X performs on December 31, 2010 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, WA

Slideshow of the the full set of 2010 faves –

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Some additional highlights of the year also included having some live shots(both from 2009) make it onto some CD artwork and another’s website:

Foxy Shazam: self titled CD
foxy shazam cd art

Psychedelic Furs official website:

psychedelic furs website

To peruse shoots from the entirety of 2010 – see the 2010 LIST

December –

November –
Mister Heavenly
Passion Pit
Kate Nash

October –
The Maine
The Dirty Heads
Never Shout Never

September –
Bumbershoot – feat. The Whigs, The Providence, Visqueen, Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs feat. Mike McCready, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The English Beat, Solomon Burke, Hole (Courtney Love), Fences, LMFAO, Lisa Dank, The Moondoggies, The Thermals, Anvil, Grynch, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers, The Maldives, Justin Townes Earle, Billy Bragg, Hey Marseilles, David Bazan, Crash Kings, Ra Ra Riot, THEESatisfaction, Jenny & Johnny, & Booker T.
Ryan Star (opening for Train)
The Flaming Lips
Ryan Star (at Chop Suey)

August –
Dum Dum Girls
Melissa Etheridge

July –
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Hey Marseilles
Barenaked Ladies
Afraid of Figs

Sextreme Ballfeat: Lords of Acid & Thrill Kill Kult with Blownload, Syztem Seven & DJ Deathwish

June –
Imogen Heap
Ben Christophers

Psychedelic Furs
Noise for the Needy feat: Album Leaf, Delta Spirit, Kinsky, Baths, Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, & Romany Rye
Jill Scott

Born Ruffians
Young Rival
Kids and Animals

May –
Goo Goo Dolls

Evelyn Evelyn

April –
Corinne Bailey Rae
Foxy Shazam
Young Veins
Bad Rabbits

As Tall As Lions
Bad Veins
Skeletons with Flesh on Them

Owl City
Paper Route

Death Vessel

February –

January –
Suzanne Vega
Dengue Fever

Steve Earle
Hayes Carll
Alec Ounsworth

And a bit final self promotion – don’t forget to “Like” me on Facebook,  and follow me on Twitter!

I’d also love to give a shoutout, to the additional Facebook/Twitter pages – for SoundSpike-Facebook|Twitter &  seeLOUDER-Facebook|Twitter.  Like & follow them too!!

Special thanks to all the contributors/editors at – notably the photo editor Hali. As well, much love for all those fellow photogs/contributors at – especially site founder/editor – Dagmar. And of course to all the publicists, label reps, managers, venues, and most of all – the fabulous musicians that make the music and images come to life – Thank you!

To all my fellow photog friends & fans I have met along the way – see you out there – here’s to more gorgeous images created by the rock stars we love!


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4 Responses to New Blog – Concert Photography: 2010, year in review

  1. Hey Elisa, great angles and color!!! Looks like 2010 kept you busy. Love the wallpaper too!!!

  2. Rebecc says:

    Hi Elisa, love the site! I think I’ve found a new inspiration.

    How long have you been shooting for?

  3. Hi rebecc – thanks for the comment:)

    I started shooting as a fan in 2006, and picked it seriously in 2009…the connection of the 2, music and photography, just sparked for me!

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