Posted on October 7, 2018
If you were to see my calendar, you would either be really impressed or you would be horrified of how packed and color coded it is. I wasn’t always like this, I used to be so “go with the flow”. Now I make lists (I’m always running out of paper, and yes I keep them digitally as well) On the calendar was a free presentation in one of Apple’s stores in Soho. I told a friend to meet there, and since he was still far away, I decided to walk and catch some Pokemon (that’s another story for another day).
While making my way toward Soho to go see Mario. You know who it is, “Oh, baby you, you got what I need, but you say I’m just friend“. Yeah, you know the song, I bet you sang that, didn’t you. I’m not a crazy Mario fan, he hasn’t really come out with any new music in a little bit, not that I’m aware of at least. But the singles he did have, I was always singing. And I have a huge love for concerts (even though this wasn’t concert) it was free, and anyone who knows me, knows that “free” is my favorite number.
I guess the universe had a different plan for me, because when I passed Madison Avenue, smack down the middle of the street was an interactive pop up hosted by Calvin Klein and Amazon Fashion. Of course I stopped and asked a event staff guy what was going on. I noticed the small stage, and I already knew someone was going to come out, they just had to, I felt it in my bones. I asked him who it would be and he didn’t know. He checked his email and told me ASAP. In my mind, I’m like okaaaaay, but ASAP who, ASAP FERG, ASAP ROCKY, the mob has a few people.. he just looked at me like I spoke Chinese. I grabbed his phone and read the name for myself. I knew it, ROCKY. I made my way inside.. duh! Like I’m going to go see Mario now (if you ever see this Mario, no offense, I still like you).
I’m not gonna lie, I was getting a bit antsy, especially because it was starting to get to packed, and you know people when something is free, pushing and shoving. But I was already pretty hype because you have to soak it in, that you don’t always know everything. You can’t plan every single detail of your life. I got to experience a wonderful moment, and if my friend wasn’t running late, I wouldn’t have walked, I wouldn’t have bumped into a better (who an compare?) event and be up close to such a handsome man…. oh yes ROCKY… you are fine… any way (cough cough) Check out these shots I grabbed. Love!
Oh, and you can see some more photographs of concerts that I captured on millistephaniaphotography.com
Posted on June 11, 2017
A few shots from Summer Jam 2017. I took my little brother Jeremy to his first concert. I was pretty much bopping to all the old school songs, while Jeje would know all the words to the new songs… I guess I’m getting old.
In order: DJ Khaled, DMX, Asap Rocky, French Montana, Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Remy Ma & Queen Latifah.
Posted on June 7, 2017
Just because you’re sitting far, it doesn’t mean you can’t get decent shots. The Soulfrito Music Festival at Barclay’s Center was jam packed with amazing artists like French Montana, Fetty Wap, Farruko, Young M.A., Bad Bunny, Cardi B, G- Unit, Ivy Queen and many many more. I was trying to hard to find a balance between photographing, and dancing the whole night. What a blast!
Posted on October 5, 2016
| my favorite shot of the night, Bryson Tiller |Girl friends are the best, I swear! Oli surprised me with tickets to The Meadows NYC concert that was being held at Citi Field, in Queens. We were supposed to meet at 2pm, and I kept the poor girl waiting an hour, well, we kept each other waiting. We were in two completely different meeting spots, and when we finally figured out the misunderstanding I see Oli waving me down to get into the train. That ride I was already a little annoyed because there were teenagers being reckless and inconsiderate to others around them. I think that should have been my first clue.
This was the second day of the festival and Oli tells me that’s the event space is way more packed than the day before, the first day.I don’t doubt it, especially since Kanye West is headlining. I check Twitter and I see tweets like, ” there’s more kids here with braces, than there was in middle school.”Yes, yes, I agree with you 100%, there. There were teenagers everywhere. I actually felt old. I’m lying..just a little bit. I did feel old, but not because of all the kids, because my kneees started to kill me after after a couple of hours of standing. Two years and 5 months until I’m thirty, say whaaaaat!?
I had one goal, and goal only, we’ll either than having fun of course, I wanted to get the best shots I possibly could. This task was a bit a difficult. My go to camera for everything is always my Sony a6000, but when it comes to festivals and concerts I have a really old Sony DSC, that I adore. When I say old, I mean like 5 years since I first got this baby. I was going to sell her at one point, and I’m so glad I decided not to. I never took care of her, she’s dusty and nasty scratches on the lens. Though I should get that fixed, it doesn’t bother me much when I do decided to take her out of hibernation. The super zoom on this camera is amazed balls, which came in handy for almost every performer that got on stage, like Bryson Tiller (my favorite shot of the night), Mac Miller, Kygo, 1975, Kanye, and Chance the Rapper. Anybody who stood behind me while zooming in, I heard an automatic “omg, that zoom is amazing” So glad I put this puppy to good use.Anyway, either than the crowd being younger than usual, everyone, and when I say everyone I mean the ladies, we’re all looking pretty cute. Beat faces, almost everyone had a criss-cross top, and I even saw some girls wearing heels. Negative! I was not that person today. I threw on some sweat pants and a matching grey sweatshirt and called it a day. I looked like a boy, and I was perfectly okay with that. I haven’t really been in the mood to look “cute” so this festival was going to take it or leave it.
Oli was starving, and she made a bee lies straight to the Mexican spot, ordered a chicken burrito while I ran off to get us some beers. I hear some kids asking around if anyone was over 21 to get them some as well…
We met up with an incredibly easy to get along with duo, Chavonne and BB, college friends of Oli. They were absolutely hilarious and down to earth. I love meeting new people with great energy.I think we all know what the great attraction Kanye West is. This was my third time seeing him perform. Once at Bonnaroo 2014 and Summer Jam, and he didn’t dissapoint. Well, he did, but we’ll get to that later. His crowd was out of control, no other stage had this amount of people. Anybody who was at festival, was automatically in front of that main stage, waiting for Yeezy to come at 8:15pm. HA! Like that was going to happen. The girls and I started making bets on what time he’ll come out in stage, I guess 845pm and was the closest of the bunch, that me giving him the benefit of the doubt. We all know Pablo keeps us waiting.
His set was on point, and I have to say one of my favorites so far. I found him to be dismissing and insulting to his fans in previous shows. Something that gave me negative reaction towards him, how could you be so cold towards your fans, your supporters, the crowd that hypes you up to be what you have grown to be? I’m glad that wasn’t the case here. He was pumped up, livid and was making a hell of an appearance. The crowd sang and rapped his lyrics as if they were nursery rhymes you’ve been hearing all your life. I kept trying to get a bit closer to get better shots of him, but believe me when I say, it was not happening. The crowd was large, and I was far. If you know anything about festivals, you know not to enter the pit of madness unless you’re ready to commit and go ALL IN.
We’re all already hyped up, the intro to Heartless starts to play, and suddenly the music stops. Kanye speaks in to the mic “I’m sorry, family emergency, I have to stop the show.” There were face sof confusion an danger everywhere. Nobody knew what was going, Kanye ran off stage, and shortly after someone announces that there will be a ten minute intermission, to see what they could do to get K to come back on stage. Less than a minute later, the same guy is back on to announce Kanye has left, and the show will now be over.Everyone was stunped, many thought it was a joke, we didn’t know what was going on. Soon enough we gave up, and the mob of disappointed fans kept trying to make an exit. It’s not like any of us had any service to find out what was happening. We all wanted to check Twitter to investigate.
Turns out, Kim Kardashian, his wife, in case some of you reading this are not into hip hop, was tied up and robbed at gun point while her Fashion Week stay in Paris. Men dressed as policeman, stole ten million worth in jewelry, including her new ring given by hubby.
I’m not one to get crazy about celebrity news, especially for someone who is mostly known for assets. But knowing someone tied you up, and threw you in a bathtub, and you have no idea what is going on, must be terrifying. According to reports she thought she was going to get raped. And I don’t blame her for thinking that. I’m hoping that’s not the case, and if it did happen and she’s not saying anything to the media, my prayers are with her and her family in this time of need. Celebrity or not. Something that traumatizing can cause so much mental harm.
Non the less, I had a wonderful time, and I of course will do it again in a heartbeat, sweatpants and all. Thank you Oli. Also, check out the quick little gif us below, taken at a photo installment, It’s eight different pictures taken at the same time to cause movement! So cool. See you guys soon!
Posted on July 14, 2011
The legendary Slick Rick was having a free concert at Crotona park in the Bronx. You know damn well I was excited! Knowing me, I got some other hyped as well!
Dj Brucie B had us all jumping around and rapping to old school hip hop. He was definitely doing his thing.
The park was packed. Everywhere we turned was either an old couple, a group of old friends… and even in front of us, an old lesbian couple….they needed a show for themselves.
They made the concert so much better! They were having too much fun….
A even started dancing with one of the ladies…. but her girlfriend got jealous! Bendito!
I couldn’t stop laughing….. Even writing this alone and looking at the pic above…. oh man!
A is a trip! Slick came out and the crowd went wild! ( myself included )
I’m actually surprised Jerm didn’t start breakdancing….. he’s addicted I tell you!
Our spots were perfect. We were right in front… I’m pretty if Slick Rick dropped a sweat, one of us would’ve caught it…. eeeew.. that was disturbing, I take that back.
I’m telling you, these ladies were killing it! You don’t want to believe me. ( chuckles )
Once the concert was over, the Dj continued to play…. and we all continued to dance… at the street corner on our way to the car… We should’ve gotten some tips.
A got us some coquitos and we made a toast…. I think we make a toast with everything, it doesn’t even have to have liquor in it!
We, or should I say, I, wanted to get really fat tonight… so we headed to Little Caesars and we got pizza.
Three pies of pure deliciousness. Bacon, Sausage and Chicken. Yum.
We arrived at my house and my father blessed us with some drinks. Jerm tried to figure out what was in it… He kept insisting that it was vodka… he was wrong…. ( don’t tell him… it was tequila )
Of course we had to end the night with a bang… and that we did.
There was even a starwars simulation…. This was definitely a good day, and what better way than to spend it with music, food, drinks, fireworks and awesome friends.
Photographs by Misha Merino