I'm a complete music junkie, so when my friends over at DC promo powerhouse DC to BC offered me an all-access media pass to shoot the first Trillectro, a new DC music festival that marries electronic dance music with hip hop, I was in. Stay-in-the-night-before-to-rest-up kind of in, so you know it's serious! With Flosstradamus, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, and Body Language headlining, I was fully hype. I got interested in live electronic music while living in Barcelona in 2009, and just jump at the chance to see anyone major now...my super dancey self loves it!
The guys were good enough to let me skip the 10am media call (Ha! That was never going to happen.), so I sailed in around 4 and started started chatting with and shooting the talent all hanging out in VIP. Sound check and interviews were long over but the crowd was still reasonable, so I was able to get some awesome shots of what they were wearing to be stage-ready.
The street style was RIDICULOUS. Potentially the best I've seen since moving to DC. That good. I was having a moment for approximately 6 continuous hours. It. was. AWESOME. Refinery 29 featured some of my style shots, which you can check out HERE.
There are 111 photos. ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN. Check it!
What does one wear to shoot a music festival? This!
An ultra-fem croquet crop top, denim cutoffs that I studded by hand (I think I'm adding more, actually), a silk fringe necklace, leather fringe earrings by Krista of Butler + Claypool, my 1930's Swedish military bag that I can't stop carrying around (it fits my camera perfectly!), signature purple/fuschia lip, and my ultra favorite rugged gal combat boots. A gal's gotta stay safe when she's elbowing her way through the pit!
People were dancing like mad, EVERYWHERE!
I had access to the main festival, VIP, backstage, and on stage...all of which you'll see in the photos below! Enjoy!
Printed pants are going to be huge for fall, but lots of people are getting a jump on this trend already!
So many prints! And the little tat...so cute!
Intense nail art is widely becoming the norm, but this chica was rocking some seriously next-level nails
Floral hat, some serious accessories, and a not-so-serious attitude
More printed pants...I love them with the scarf on her bag below
Graphic tribal print mixing
Me! Getting a little sassy, of course.
Mundy Spears, actress and 80s style queen extraordinaire on the left, with a friend rocking local lifestyle brand Goodkin's t-shirt
Guys from local lifestyle brand The Goodkin
The hat is everything.
A major color palette, and some serious guy style
The backpack is back in a big way, folks! Here's one done right.
Perfect statement shades, with a little eyeliner pop
This is my favorite look from the festival...maxi skirt with a slit to here, bondage top, graphic chest piece, sweet cropped locks. Swoon!
So intense! I love it.
Do you need an excuse to wear lingerie in public? No? OK good.
Some tough fem styling with these tights and boots
Another favorite look...so much wonderful layer play
Hats off to anyone ballsy enough to rock a studded fannypack.
These tattoos are everything...and her hair...and I've photographed her before!
Hello floral love!
I love her commitment to her military look with this hat and blue lashes
Hat cocked just so - very fedora vibe, but with a baseball cap. Cool street take on classic styling.
These gals sing backup for Mary J. Blige, and have the awesome looks to match! Hats! Prints! Leopard!
The unforgettable ladies of Neon V Magazine
Perfect rings, in "The Pit"
Watermelon socks backstage? Oh yes.
This is all the everything...leopard, metallic pockets, mocassins, accessories...yes.
Great rock and roll vibe
Eyeliner, leather earrings, and great swag
People loosing their shit during local DJ icon Tittsworth's set
Oh hello again! So happppppy!
Mix gingham checks
During the last couple of sets, it started to rain. Not just a little, but a full-blown, oh shiiiiit, well, OK, fine, I'm DRENCHED kind of rain. And while things could have gone horribly wrong, it just made everyone in the audience get even more elated and made the show incredible. I was squeezed and pulled and pushed all over the Pit (the closed off area for the media right in front of the stage) but got some sick shots before heading for a quieter scene back stage. The green on the edges of some of the frames? I had to wrap my camera in a tank top to keep her dry. ;) Check it!
In the pit
...and then everyone rushed the stage. And it was awesome.
Just doing the Dougie with Doug E. Fresh. Just another Saturday night...
At this point I'd had enough in the Pit, so I hopped up on stage for the rest of the show. It's damn near impossible to get a bad picture from onstage, let me tell you! I was up for Flosstradamus' set, and despite having it shut down early, it was fantastic!
Oh, by the way, none of this was shot with a zoom lens...35mm prime the whole time. If you want the action, you have to get up in the action. So that's just what I did.
The moment before he touched down on this crowd surf
Endless thanks to DC to BC for having me, I had an incredible and loved making history with you guys (if the Post says it, you know it's real!)