Hurricane Higgins

People lined the streets of Belfast today to bid farewell to a Northern Irish Legend – Alex Higgins

Alex Higgins Funeral

floral tributes

Alex Higgins Funeral

floral tribute from fellow snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan

Alex Higgins Funeral

the end of the decade!!

Well 2009 has been a busy year for me – I decided to do a wee run down of some of my favourite shots of the year and its brought back so many good memories of the year!!  I’ve shot bands I’ve always dreamed off, worked with so many class people, travelled to festivals and seen some amazing shows, some of these shots  you’ll have seen before others you might not have! Thanks to everyone who I’ve had the pleasure of working with this year and here’s to 2010 being a great year for all of us!

My 2009 ….

I have always wanted to shoot ACDC they are one of my favourite bands ever so getting the chance to shoot their Dublin Date for Hot Press was a dream come true – made even better by this picture making it into Hot Press’ top photos of the decade in their annual out now!

ACDC at Punchestown

ACDC

Then there was Download festival which I shot at for Kerrang this year – giving me the chance to shoot someone I’ve wanted to since I was a gothy teen  – Marilyn Manson – and also to snap some of the most hilarious characters I’ve ever met – it was an amazing weekend topped off my shooting Steel Panther – one of my fave bans of the year!

Marilyn Manson

Download 2009

Steel Panther

Shot some amazing bands and been to gigs with all sorts of music from heavy metal to the Pussycat Dolls – variety is the spice of life and all…

Limp Bizkit

Pulled Apart By Horses

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Twin Atlantic

Down

Beyonce

Marilyn Manson

The X Factor

Primordial

Biffy Clyro

Franz Ferdinand

Lady Gaga

GreenDay

Two Door Cinema Club

Flo and The Mofo

Muse

Muse (full stage shot)

ASIWYFA Album Launch

ASIWYFA Album Launch

Here Comes The Landed Gentry

Morrissey

The Pussycat Dolls

Glasgowbury

Pink

Met some legends…

Corey Taylor & Scott Ian at the Kerrang Awards

Rob Trujillo

Steel Panther at Download

I even dressed up as a bear while doing some production stills for the New Black Bear Saloon Music Video

The Bear Necessities!

And had work exhibited in the Hard Working Class Heroes 2009 show…

Electric Wizard Crowd

Stepping away from music for a bit then, in 2009 I got to work with the BBC teaching young people about photography and lighting…

BBC Blast Photography Workshops

BBC Blast Photography Workshops

Met some delightfully saucy ladies…

The Whistle Bait Babies

Took writers out to lunch…

Glenn Patterson

Photographed bars for adverts…

Muriels

Shot some scandalous comedians…

Russell Brand

Made Solicitors look important…

Legal Island Corporate Portraits

And models look saucy…

Gemma Garrett

And even got Zoe Salmon skating on thin ice…

Zoe Salmon

Saw several brides up the aisle, congratulations to them all …

Leigh and Paul

Claire and Stuart

Louise and Ed

Janice and Barry

Naomi and Brian

Photographed beautiful rooms…

Ligne Roset Dining Room

Hülsta Bedroom

Fultons Advertising Shoot

And the people who design them…

Interior Designer Leah for career profile

Papped Gail Porter snogging Titty Von Tramp…

Gail Porter and Titty Von Tramp

Gail Porter and Titty Von Tramp

And even turned my hand to designing gig posters…

Big Gig 666

Then to finish up we go back to music again… offstage it was a great year too as I worked on promo and offstage shoots with a mix of great bands and artists. I had an eventful day at the seaside with ASIWYFA…

ASIWYFA AU Cover Shoot

ASIWYFA -

Shot Dutch Schultz for Kerrang (don’t worry the blood’s not real!)

Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz unused shot

Conquered my fear of heights to work with Duke Special on the Belfast Wheel …

Duke Special

then again to shoot Delirium Tremens on the Europa Roof…

Delirium Tremens

Snapped The Panama Kings for their new press shots…

The Panama Kings

Had some therapy? …

Therapy?

photographed new band The Young Blood backstage at their first ever gig…

The Young Blood

followed by a little Punk rock with the Dangerfields…

The Dangerfields

Seen Red with Mullingar band Crimson…

Crimson

Dropped my glowsticks to photograph Dance DJ Jorg Zimmer…

Jorg Zimmer

And braved the cold with brand new band No Mean City…

No Mean City

then finished the year of with local favourites ASIWYFA again for their new promo shots – these haven’t been released yet but here’s a wee shot of all the fans who came along to take part in the shoot (they are all legends!!)

TheseRIOTSareJUSTtheBEGINNING

So here’s to 2010 being just as eventful as 2009. Happy New Year everyone!

Glasgowbury 09 – the offstage antics!

This one goes out to you –  the downright entertaining nutters who made Glasgowbury 09 a place of comedy as well as music!!

his superpower is the tambourine - he uses it to fight crime (and fly)

his superpower is the tambourine - he uses it to fight crime

drunk fans are like tortoises - when they fall on their backs they cant get up!

drunk fans are like tortoises - when they fall on their backs they can't get up!

Many people made some bad footwear choices - this dude just made his mates carry him everywhere therefore keeping his shoes in immaculate condition!

Many people made some bad footwear choices - this dude just made his mates carry him everywhere therefore keeping his trainers are STILL white!

LOVE this costume!

I LOVE this costume!

...and i HATE this one - this is the creepiest mask i have ever seen!

...and i HATE this one - this is the creepiest mask i have ever seen!

Celebs in attendance included James Hetfield!

Celebs in attendance included James Hetfield!

This dude attacked me over the barrier!

ARRRRGHHHHH!

This girlee gets the award for the only sign that made me laugh all weekend!

This girlee gets the award for the only sign that made me laugh all weekend!

and this dude gets the award for being , <a href=thumb most annoying indie wannabe standing at the front of every stage with a stupid sign that nobody can read properly looking like Ricky from the Kaiserchiefs!” width=”400″ height=”266″ />

and this dude gets the award for being most annoying standing at the front of every stage with a stupid sign that nobody can read properly looking like Ricky from the Kaiserchiefs!

Dunno what this guys on but I dont want any :)

Dunno what this guys on but I don't want any 🙂

Happy joy joy marching people!

Happy joy joy marching people!

Glasgowbury fans are the happiest!

Glasgowbury fans are the happiest...

see!

...see!

Lost children could be found sinking into mudpits!

Lost children could be found sinking into mudpits!

but for others it was just too much rock n roll!

but for others it was just too much rock 'n' roll!

Therapy?

Got talkng to these guys – they got married yesterday and for their honeymoon came all the way from Finland to Dublin to see their favourite band – they even got matching Therapy? tattoos instead of wedding rings!

Newlyweds!

Newlyweds!

 

Newlyweds

Newlyweds