Pictures from the unofficial FPSF after-party in the Warehouse District

I’ve photographed dozens of bands in the last few years but aside from a few semi-well known bands at iFest last year and a few Persian singers during informal shows, all of the other ones have been smaller bands in intimate settings. While it would be great to have a shot at a big show (Hey Depeche Mode, U2, Rolling Stones, give me press credentials!), I love informal shows where I can politely get close and take pictures.

Speaking of which, last night was an unofficial after-party to the very large Free Press Summer Fest show. I really didn’t have any desire to go to the big show with the heat and the expensive sold out tickets and such so I opted to go to the after-party and it was a lot of fun. Many many bands playing in basically what amounted to people’s apartments and a Doctor’s office.

By pure chance I saw Say Girl Say playing again:

Say Girl Say Performing at the Doctor's Office

Say Girl Say Performing at the Doctor's Office

Say Girl Say Performing at the Doctor's Office

I swear the Blackout Heist were playing in what used to be someone’s living room.
The Blackout Heist Performing at the Houston House Of Creeps

The Swamps:
The Swamps performing at The Ballistics' Skate House

The Swamps performing at The Ballistics' Skate House

The Trimms:
The Trimms playing at the Doctor's Office

The Trimms playing at the Doctor's Office

On a photography note, when you’re shooting at ISO 5000 like I was for many of these, you can bounce your flash off tree leaves and branches and it still adds a lot of nice fill light. Nobody even notices it because it’s so subtle but without it, these pictures would be pretty dull.

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