Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith


It was with great honor that I recently attended the Steven Curtis Chapman/ Michael W. Smith United Tour concert held at the Visalia convention center as one of their 2 commissioned photographers. Growing up in the Central San Joaquin Valley’s Bible Belt has brought me many great opportunities, this being one of them.

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Many thanks to Forrest Cavale of Third Element Studio’s for extending the invitation to photograph the even along side of him.

Newsboys at the Big Fresno Fair

No matter all of the aspirations I have had to see this band or that band due to it being the hip thing to do I have only gone to concerts that I have also worked at, wither photographing them or directing the lights, that has really been the only ticket that has gotten me to concerts.
Trying to be a little spontaneous this week with the Fresno Fair in town I decided that it would be fun to go to the fair and even more fun to be able to see a concert. I check the listing and who was playing that night but the Newsboys. The Newsboys have often been a favorite band of mine and were at one time hip to listen to or go see in concert, I quickly decided that we were going to go to the fair to see the Newsboys and take in some of the excitement that a fair has to offer. The band was great and the time that I was able to spend with my wife was also great, it was somewhat reminiscent to our days in high school together seeing the band and being apart of the crowd.
Every year big name Christian artists get together for a big show called “Spirit West Coast” and ever since I was in junior high I have wanted to go, now most of the artists that I would have wanted to see have stopped performing and it seems that Christian music on the whole has lost much of the appeal that it once had to our youth. Hopefully Newsboys keep doing what they have been doing for the last 10+ years so well, creating music that honors God and bring Christians together for fellowship, and connecting with the youth today.
I wanted to share additional photographs and also let you know that no I didn’t have any of the rotten fair food… there were many food stands that smelled so good, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.