Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert
Oct21

Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert

A pretty unique opportunity was offered to me last week. Or, I should say, the opportunity was offered to Living Fort Wayne and I humbly accepted it on behalf of the team. The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour was rolling through Fort Wayne on one of its last stops and we were asked if we’d like to cover the show. The concert was promoted as a “girls night out” and featured Courtney Cole, Clare Dunn, Raelynn (of The Voice fame), and Miranda Lambert. A little backstory: during my senior year of college, I was a marketing intern at Sweetwater Sound and was able to attend a Miranda Lambert concert with the owner of Wechter Guitars (a division of Sweetwater). We got backstage passes to meet her and give her a custom-made Wechter guitar. Also, my college roommate listened to her all the time and she eventually grew on me, so I have a soft spot for Miranda Lambert and I likely always will. I was very excited for the concert and then I found out that our tickets were to come with a press pass. The press passes were specifically for one photographer to take photos for the first three songs of each artist. After those three songs were finished, said photographer was to leave his or her camera with personnel. That was completely reasonable, except for the fact that I don’t necessarily consider myself a professional photographer. I suppose technically, legally, and logistically speaking I am considered a professional photographer because I do photography at my real job and have done freelance photography for which I’ve been compensated. With most roles I fill in my life, I tend to do a lot of different types of tasks (like a real renaissance woman.) So I wasn’t scared to take photos of Miranda Lambert… Just kidding, I was pretty terrified, but I didn’t want that to stop me. I decided to just pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing. My friend Ashley and I showed up at the Coliseum just after 7:30 and went up to the will call window. They gave me the press pass and tickets in an envelope with my name actually printed on it (with my last name spelled correctly) which I was much more excited about than it really warranted. We went up the escalator and met Nathan, the Vice President of Sales for the Coliseum. He was extremely friendly and helpful and told us exactly how everything would work for the evening and where I would be able to go to take photos. Pretty soon, it was time for me to head out into the concert. I’m going...

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