I had just moved into my apartment in Chicago when one of my oldest friends messaged me and asked if I wanted to come to California to shoot him and his band.. Although I immediately said "yes!", those close to me will tell you that I was back and forth about this trip until 12 hours before boarding the plane.
The main reason for my back and forth was a hesitation to spend money on a trip when my entire apartment was completely empty without any furniture.. but whoever said traveling is the only thing you can buy that actually makes you richer is so right. No amount of money is not worth spending if you're getting a new experience out of it. In 30 years, you will never say "Wow, I'm glad I didn't spend those $600.."
So off I went, with my camera and an all-access pass to follow my friends around as they sound-checked and performed:
After spending the day rehearsing and performing, we were all able to enjoy the rest of the festival from backstage. Back at our AirBnB, I took the downtime to get some portraits of the guys: