“Believe in The Frog” we shot Bieber @ O2 and upcoming shoots including Ne-Yo and Tulisa
Mercury Records allocated us a press pass for Justin Bieber’s Believe tour at O2 on Tuesday, and confirmed access for next week’s Grammy Award winning star Ne-Yo featuring Tulisa.
Headed on down to the O2 Arena on Tuesday ready to shoot the biggest male pop star in the world up close and personal. Unfortunately after gaining the pass, I was told that due to limited space and health & safety, the pit was out of bounds and whilst the night before, press were given access to the mixing desk, tonight we were relegated to Level 1 at the rear of the stadium. Not even a 400mm prime could really get us the creativity and 100% crop sharpness that we would have liked – limiting the use of the photos to digital. We still managed to capture the atmosphere of the night – which to be fair was further enhanced by almost 20,000 screaming teenagers! Man, do I feel old. First up was Australian pop star Cody Simpson, followed by Canadian belle Carly Rae Jepsen – both of which received tremendous support – clearly the correct support acts chosen for the target market.
Once Bieber came on stage, we were given the usual “three song” rule and fortunately he performed a variety of songs which did allow me to capture a selection of dazzling backdrops, effects and lighting – let’s face it, it’s all about the production design – and were then politely escorted from the mayhem. If I had known in advance – which is never really possible at these kinds of events – I would have sorted out a fast 500mm+ lens to get right up close to the action. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
Just had confirmation today that next Friday I’m back at the arena to shoot giant Ne-Yo on the London stop of his world tour with special guest Tulisa Contostavlos (ex N-Dubz). Hoping to get proper pit access as I’m sure this will be a spectacular gig, but not taking any chances. Think I’ll be lugging around the 500mm f/4 monster for gig insurance! Stay tuned for the photos from that one.
To take a look at the full selection of shots from Justin Bieber’s concert, head on down to our Facebook page.