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Cherry Blossoms at Dawn

April 13th, 2014

Cherry Blossoms at Dawn © Bryan Crabtree

The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom right now in Washington, DC.

I've always heard that the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin were pretty spectacular this time of year and not something you would want to miss. Peek bloom was April 10th and having just moved out here last Summer, I've never had the opportunity to check them out. To remedy that unfortunate situation my wife and I decided to head over before dawn to see if the rumors were true.


Passafire at the State Theater

March 30th, 2014

Passafire at the State Theater © Bryan Crabtree

Passafire are currently cruising up and down the East Coast promoting their new album "Vines". It's been a few years since I last saw these guys, but when I got the notice that they were playing the State Theater just down the street from my new home in Falls Church, VA I couldn't pass it up. They played a fantastic show and I highly recommend checking them out. Vines Spring Tour


Turbonegro at the El Rey

May 29th, 2013

Turbonegro at the El Rey © Bryan Crabtree

The first time I saw Turbonegro was in December 2004 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. One of my friends was working with a crew hired to film the show and they needed an extra camera guy. I had no idea who Turbonegro was or what I was getting myself into... Let's just say it was an experience I will never forget... If you ever have the opportunity to see these guys play live, go! I don't care what else you have going on, or if you've never even heard one of their songs. Just go! You will not be disappointed. 


The Expendables at The House of Blues

April 22nd, 2013

The Expendables at The House of Blues © Bryan Crabtree

The Expendables played another sold out show at the House of Blues - Sunset Strip on Saturday night. Good times all around.


Hong Kong & Dongguan

April 20th, 2013

Hong Kong & Dongguan © Bryan Crabtree

A few months back I had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and the city of Dongguan, China. I was there for only a few days but overall it was absolutely worth every minute and was an amazing experience. I just hope to be able to go back some day and explore the region a bit further.


Refused at the Henry Fonda

November 14th, 2012

Refused at the Henry Fonda © Bryan Crabtree

Swedish hardcore punk band Refused ended the US leg of their very unlikely 2012 reunion tour at the sold out Henry Fonda Theater in spectacular fashion. I was lucky enough to snag a pair of tickets to what will probably be the bands last-ever United States gig.


Holy Grail at the Troubadour

May 16th, 2012

Holy Grail at the Troubadour © Bryan Crabtree

Holy Grail is an thrash metal band with roots right here in good ol' Los Angeles, CA. Ever since a friend of mine handed me their Improper Burial EP back in late 2009 I was hooked and thought that they would be a great band to shoot.


Paganfest 2012 - Turisas at the Key Club

April 25th, 2012

Paganfest 2012 - Turisas at the Key Club © Bryan Crabtree

On Wednesday the 18th, Paganfest rolled through Hollywood, CA. Headlining the tour was the Finnish folk metal band Turisas with support by Alestorm, Arkona and Huntress. This was my third time seeing Turisas, but it was their first headlining tour of North America. Turisas was fantastic as usual, the crowd was super energetic and it was nice to get to experience an extended set from them. Special thanks to Century Media Records for hooking up the photo pass, photos of Alestorm and Arkona will be posted soon.


Devil Driver & Skeletonwitch at Club Nokia

March 11th, 2012

Skeletonwitch at Club Nokia - Photo by Bryan Crabtree

Back in September I was invited to photography Arch Enemy at Club Nokia here in Los Angeles. The show was quite impressive and two of the three opening bands were Devil Driver and Skeletonwitch. When I initially edited my Arch Enemy photos I had planned on editing the other bands soon after, well life got in the way and although I realize that it's been almost six months since the show, I finally had a moment to sit down and go through the photos. Better late then never I suppose...


The Expendables at Club Nokia

November 4th, 2011

The Expendables at Club Nokia © Bryan Crabtree

Shot my buddies The Expendables again last month. They opened for Pepper at Club Nokia in downtown LA. The guys put on a great show as usual and as always it was a fun show to shoot.


Arch Enemy at Club Nokia

September 30th, 2011

Arch Enemy at Club Nokia © Bryan Crabtree

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to photograph Sweden’s own Arch Enemy at Club Nokia in downtown LA. The show was insane and a ton of fun to shoot, it’s always a plus when you really like the band you got asked to photograph. Arch Enemy only has a few dates left on their North American Khaos tour so if you’re close to any of the upcoming stops you should definitely check it out. If you are not familiar with their music, check out their newest video Bloodstained Cross which is by far my favorite song on their new album Khaos Legions, the breakdowns, guitar solos and chorus are so good.


The Expendables at The Roxy

June 22nd, 2011

The Expendables at The Roxy © Bryan Crabtree

So back in February my buddies The Expendables called me up and asked me to come out and shoot their show at the Roxy in West Hollywood. I had just received my new 5D Mark II and was super excited to try it out in a concert environment. Well, I got a little over-excited and I wasn’t ready for the super fast shutter speed on my new camera. I ended up taking over 2500 photos and killing two and a half 16GB memory cards… Let’s just say it took me a little while to edit through all the photos and then finally pick a few of my favorites…


Turisas at the Fox Pomona

March 17th, 2011

Turisas at the Fox Pomona © Bryan Crabtree

Turisas opened for Cradle of Filth during their “Creatures of the Black Abyss” tour when they stopped off at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA. I was especially excited to photograph Turisas because I’ve been waiting for them to come back to the states for a few years now. Ever since I saw them open for Ensiferum back in 2007 I’ve wanted to shoot them. They put on an awesome show and was definitely not disappointed. Turisas is currently promoting their new album Stand Up and Fight which was released on March 8, 2011. I’ve given it a few listens and so far it has turned out to be a pretty good album.


The Expendables - Prove It - Liner Photos

February 24th, 2011

The Expendables - Prove It liner note photos by Bryan Crabtree

Last Sunday I photographed The Expendables at the Roxy on Sunset. After the show, I got a hard copy of their new album Prove It. I was told that they had used some of my photos in the liner notes, however I had no idea how they were used or to what extent. I was very surprised to see how prominently they were displayed throughout the booklet. The photos used were taken last year during their Winter Blackout Tour at the House of Blues – Sunset Strip. The new album is great by the way, check it out, you won’t be disappointed.


Cradle of Filth at the Fox Pomona

February 18th, 2011

Cradle of Filth at the Fox Pomona © Bryan Crabtree

British Black Metal band Cradle of Filth stopped over at the historic Fox Theater in Pomona during their “Creatures from the Black Abyss” tour on February 5th. The tour, in support of their latest concept album Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, which centers on the demon Lilith, the first wife of the biblical Adam, also featured American Psychedelic Metal band Nachtmystium, Finnish Folk Metal band Turisas and the Finnish Rock band HIM’s side project, Daniel Lioneye. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the show, I’m still working on my Turisas picks so I’ll be posting those up later.


Setting Up a Product Photography Studio

November 28th, 2010

Setting up a product photography studio - Overall Studio Setup

I’ve been shooting product photos for a few years now, and over the years I’ve gone from shooting on a table in a corner under incandescent lights with a 6MP Cannon Digital Rebel at Goorin Brothers to my current setup at OSI. It has been a long journey and most of my current knowledge was fine tuned during my employment at Dita Eyewear. Fortunately, at Dita I had the opportunity to learn quite a bit from professional photographer and Dita Eyewear co-founder John Juniper. Working with John was an invaluable experience and although we had all the right equipment at Dita, space was extremely limited which prevented us from taking full advantage of the equipment. But, we made the best of what we had to work with and some amazing photos came out of that office.


Campus Circle Magazine - Cover Photo

November 3rd, 2010

The Expendables Campus Circle magazine cover photo by Bryan Crabtree

I just recently found out the promo image I shot for The Expendables was used as the cover photo for the May 2010 issue of Campus Circle Magazine. That would make this my first published cover photo, which is rad, I wish I had known about this sooner… The original image and additional photos from the shoot can be seen here. As you can see, the magazine took some liberties with the sepia tone… oh well, it’s still rad.


Eluveitie at the House of Blues - Hollywood

April 23rd, 2010

Eluveitie at the House of Blues - Hollywood © Bryan Crabtree

Eluveitie is an eight piece folk metal band from Switzerland. They fuse traditional Celtic folk music and Gothenburg melodic death metal with such a seamless masterful perfection that it boggles the mind. The show was absolutely amazing, the natural energy that this band produces has to be seen and heard to believe. I was first introduced to these guys when they opened for Ensiferum and Turisas on the 2008 PaganFest Tour, I was blown away from the start.


Pour Habit – Winter Blackout Tour

March 12th, 2010

Pour Habit – Winter Blackout Tour © Bryan Crabtree

Straight out of Compton, Pour Habit is probably one of the most refreshing new hardcore punk bands that I’ve heard in a while. Their sound is unique and their energy on stage is unparalleled, just the perfect band to get the crowd at the House of Blues in Hollywood riled up and ready for the rest of the show. I’ve been wanting to photograph these guys ever since I was first turned on to their album “Suiticide” about a year ago. If you’ve never heard of them, you should definitely check them out. pourhabit.com


Passafire – Winter Blackout Tour

March 9th, 2010

Passafire – Winter Blackout Tour © Bryan Crabtree

All I can say about Passafire is that when I got their new album “Everyone On Everynight” from one of my friends, having never heard of them prior, it stayed on constant rotation in car for about three weeks straight and has definitely made it’s way into my top favorites albums of all time, it’s just that good. Needless to say the dudes from Savannah, GA are even better live and put on a great show at the House of Blues – Sunset Strip in Hollywood. passafiretheband.com


Iration – Winter Blackout Tour

March 6th, 2010

Iration – Winter Blackout Tour © Bryan Crabtree

With all band members hailing from Hawaii, Iration put on an excellent show at the House of Blues – Sunset Strip in Hollywood. If you’re into the reggae/rock sound then you should definitely check them out, they have a new album “Time Bomb” dropping March 16th on Pepper’s Law Records. irationmusic.com


The Expendables – Winter Blackout Tour

March 3rd, 2010

The Expendables – Winter Blackout Tour © Bryan Crabtree

The Expendables headlined at the House of Blues – Sunset Strip in Hollywood last Saturday night. They put on an amazing performance as usual. I have to say it’s been awesome to have had the opportunity to see my friends from Santa Cruz go from an opening act at a tiny venue in San Francisco to headlining a 5 band, 44 venue, 53 day, completely sold out US tour. They definitely deserve every bit of it. theexpendables.net


Costa Rica

January 10th, 2010

Costa Rica © Bryan Crabtree

Last Monday Lauren and I got back from a nine day trip to Costa Rica. We both had an amazing time, the country is beautiful and the people are very friendly. We spent the majority of our time in Dominical and the surrounding area with a few of our friends, it was great to see everyone again and congratulations to Tia and Randy on their wedding.


The 69 Eyes at the Key Club

October 9th, 2009

The 69 Eyes at the Key Club © Bryan Crabtree

Tuesday night I photographed The 69 Eyes at the Key Club in Hollywood. I’ve been a fan of the self proclaimed “Helsinki Vampires” for a few years now, their sound can be compared to a gothic Elvis Presley, mixed with Billy Idol and The Sisters of Mercy. The show was great as usual, the guys are true performers that never fail to impress! Thanks to The End Records for hooking up the photo pass. If your interested in checking out The 69 Eyes, you can find more info here: www.69eyes.com


3 Inches of Blood – Knitting Factory

September 13th, 2009

3 Inches of Blood – Knitting Factory © Bryan Crabtree

On 9.9.09 I had the opportunity to photograph “3 Inches of Blood” at their album release show in Hollywood. The guys killed it, the show was awesome. Thanks to George at Century Media Records for hooking up the photo pass. If you’ve never heard of these guys and you’re into Pure F@#king Metal, you definitely have to check them out: www.3inchesofblood.com


Griffith Park at Dawn

August 20th, 2009

Griffith Park at Dawn © Bryan Crabtree

For the last month or so Lauren and I have been getting up at 5:45AM every-other-day to go on an early morning hike in Griffith Park. I have to say that it has been very hard to get up that early… but, once I’m up and on the hill it’s fine. I actually feel 100 times better/awake/energized all day long on a hike day, compared to days that I sleep in ’till 45min before I have to be at work…


The Expendables – Offical Band Photo

May 12th, 2009

The guys in The Expendables liked the photos I shot of them at the Canyon Club so much that they asked me to come back out and take their official band photo. I was more than happy to lend my time, so after the show at the Avalon in Hollywood and a few drinks in, we decided to do the shoot…


Inyo National Forest Camping

May 12th, 2009

Inyo National Forest Camping © Bryan Crabtree

Over Memorial Day weekend Lauren and I went up to Inyo National Forest to go camping with a few of my co-workers. It was my first time camping up that way and I have to say we will definitely be going back. The whole area is just absolutely amazing…


NoFX at the Canyon Club

April 5th, 2009

NoFX at the Canyon Club © Bryan Crabtree

Back in February when I photographed The Expendables they just happened to be opening for one of my all time favorite punk bands, NoFX. So anyways, I couldn’t just pass up the opportunity to shoot them as well, now could I? It was a great experience and I hope to have the chance to do it again.


The Expendables at the Canyon Club

March 13th, 2009

The Expendables at the Canyon Club © Bryan Crabtree

A few weeks back I got invited to go shoot The Expendables when they opened for NoFX at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. I was stoked to have had the opportunity and thank my buddy Shaun for hooking it up. I’ve shot the guys before when they headlined at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz and when they opened for Fishbone in SF. But that was a few years back and I didn’t really know what I was doing back then… Anyways, I’m pretty stoked on how these came out, I just hope they like them also…


Mojave National Preserve

March 10th, 2009

Mojave National Preserve © Bryan Crabtree

Last weekend Lauren and I went out to the Mojave National Preserve to go camping. I had never been out there, and with over 1.6 million acres of open land to cover, finding a camping spot seemed like it was going to be a pretty daunting task. After checking the map, plus a few recommendations we were able to narrow it down to a few regions with a travel route to check out. We ended up finding the perfect spot out on the eastern edge of the preserve. Although it was pretty cold and I think we were the only ones camping out there over the weekend, we’ll definitely be going back.


Scuba Diving in Aruba – April 2007

July 26th, 2008

Scuba Diving in Aruba – April 2007 © Bryan Crabtree

Before we went to Aruba I decided to buy an underwater case for my Canon IXY 800IS. Thought it might be fun to try out a little underwater photography. The case ended up working great and these are just a few of the shots I got.


Aruba – April 2007

July 26th, 2008

Aruba – April 2007 © Bryan Crabtree

Back in April 2007 Lauren and I went to Aruba for Lauren’s Parents 25th Anniversary. We had a really great time exploring the island, scuba diving and just kicking it with a drink on the beach. Aruba is a small Dutch island about 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela.


2005 “Shape of Book” Photography

July 9th, 2008

2005 “Shape of Book” Photography © Bryan Crabtree

For my 2005 Portfolio I handcrafted a leather bound portfolio book, much of the work that I showcased in that book could be found on my website. But not my photography and only a select few actually got to see that monster of a book. So, for my first image post, I’d like to publish those photos.

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