HIM Update 2010

It's been a while since I've written about what we've been doing on the HIM scene. After traveling to Finland to shoot the "Helldone Tour" over the New Year's holiday of 2008 / 2009, it wasn't until this year that the band came back to the US to support the "Screamworks" album. My wife and I attended 5 shows for this tour, starting in Philadelphia, and then up to Boston. The band first did a signing in a south Jersey "Hot Topic" store. No photos were allowed unfortunately, but I did get to talk with their manager and he took care of me on my passes for the tour. I had brought a book with a bunch of my pictures to show off, and got to show him what I've gotten so far. He was impressed and gave me his approval. Well, after shooting these guys since October of 2007, I have amassed an incredible amount of shots. All along in my mind I am envisioning a HIM concert photo book. It will be a look back at the last few years of HIM performing. I want to make it even more elaborate and I have a graphics artist that is going to help me give it the look it deserves, so it's not just an ordinary photo book. It's going to take some time and money, but I know it will be worth it as I have seen the devotion to this band and I think it's something the fans will want in their collections.

Firstly, I want to say THANK YOU to the band and their manager Seppo, and to my friends on the crew and there in the office. (I'm not sharing any names without permission.) They have given us more than we could ask for as for attending the shows. They have all been real friends. I truly appreciate being given the access to shoot these pictures not only for this project, but for the creative outlet it gives me. When the band finished the tour in New York City over 3 nights at "The Fillmore - Irving Plaza" May 7, 8, and 9th, I shot all 3 nights. For the first 2 nights I was given special permission to stay in the pit for the full show. That is very rare that staying down there is allowed for that long. One of the reasons it was very helpful to me is that I had rented a higher end newer camera for the week. I wanted to get the best pictures possible and have a camera that would perform better in the low light situations. It was worth the 400.00 rental. I got those beautiful razor sharp pictures I wanted. I got some great ones on my other camera too. (Yes, I lugged 2 heavy Nikon cameras to all 3 nights!) I'm still trying to just look through the pictures from those nights. I shot on 2 different media card types and there's at least 300 pictures on each (giving me around 1800 shots or more!), plus I shot one of the opening bands that we really got to like called DOMMIN. These guys are one of the best new bands I've heard. And honestly in my opinion, the best new band period. Him's stage tech and I agreed that these guys are going to be huge. I really hope so for them. Please check them out, you won't be sorry. I found out that they are big MISFITS fans. Now The Misfits are good friends of mine and I do their guitar work so I gave them some swag. I also told Jerry of The Misfits about these guys. I'm working on getting Jerry in touch with Him for a possible tour together. Hey, it's worth a shot, right? I know I'd get free tickets to that tour!

So, I hope you enjoy checking out my HIM update and recent photos. I'm just sharing some and saving the rest for my book!

Keep rockin always,