amsterdam





So Amsterdam!
This is a post for all the things that weren't photography and singing, because I already posted about that here and here.


These two are the loveliest and I am proud and honoured that I get to sing in a band with them.


The name of the place were we played on the Saturday was Sexyland. I'm not even joking. It was a barn (but a very hipster barn). Named Sexyland. Very sexy. We laughed at that the entire weekend, and Gustav thought we were joking about the name of the place literally until he stood on the doorstep. :)



I took this adorable man out for pancakes at the same place where Mattias and I went last year, because some places are too good to not go back to.


Hej! Liam took this one.


Liam making dinner on the Sunday. We switched hosts mid-weekend, because our first host lived outside of the city with no public transport at all at night, and our host closed the venues every night, so we had to wait until very late before we could go home, which isn't optimal on a weekend where you're working. I was a sleep deprived wreck, to be honest. But after the first two days, when we moved so we could go home when we needed, I got enough sleep to do some good photography work and some good singing, so then I felt a lot better!

Let me show you in two photos why Liam and I are so good together.
This is my bag after one day:


This is Liam's bag after one day:


:)


And then, on the Monday, Liam worked remotely,





while I walked through the streets of Amsterdam, enjoying all the beauty.

trippin' blues 2018 part II



Class time! Shooting classes is generally harder, because everyone is sweaty and wearing their most concentrating face. But the light in the class venue was so lovely that I wanted to eat it with a spoon.








On the Sunday night the music unfortunately was too loud for me to stay very long. :( Someone asked the sound technichian to turn the volume down but he didn't want to, so Liam and I had to take an early night; obviously I can't risk the health of my ears like that. But I could stay long enough to shoot the solo blues comp, which was a complete blast to watch!









And then I got a few shots of the dancing before the band came back on (the live band was the loudest bit, so that was when there was too much risk of damage to my ears):






The day after, I had a few hours of resting and walking around Amsterdam before Liam and I flew back to the UK. But that's for the next blog post!

trippin' blues 2018 part I



Two weeks ago, I spent a weekend in Amsterdam, for Trippin' Blues. I was there mainly to play with my band, the Sky is Crying, but then I also got booked as their photographer, so it was a full weekend! (More events should do that, you only have to pay the flighs once :).)

The weekend started on the Thursday with a pre party. I was quite tired after a few intense weeks and a long day of travelling, and fell asleep in a corner at around midnight. :) But before that, here's what it looked like:






Then, on the Friday, we went on a bluesy boat tour! With live music! You know me, I really like seeing all the things from different angles. A canal boat is a different angle for sure, and I loved the views, the music and the atmosphere. Not to mention the snacks. :)







On Friday evening, we played two sets with the Sky is Crying. We had some technical difficulties that I had to focus on, so I couldn't take any photos. But on the Saturday, dancing looked like this:




(Well, to be honest, that was not the regular dancing, that was the blindfolded comp. :))










But the most fun, as always, is to sing the blues. The Saturday sets we did felt like milk and honey, I felt so very much like the right person in the right place at the right time - what a wonderful feeling it is to get into that flow! I loved every minute of it, and I hope the dancers did too. (I handed Liam my camera and he took these of me and my band. <3)

Kelly Joe Phelps | Goodnight Irene