Josh Lyford

year of the party crashers // vans warped tour 2010 // dallas tx

This past July, I got the chance to cover the Vans Warped Tour at its stop in Dallas, Texas. Needless to say, I, again, was beyond stoked. This time, I was also quite a bit more prepared; carrying two camera bodies, several batteries, lenses, and a rain cover, all of which I considered myself quite fortunate to have at several points in the day. It was also my first time out with my new 5D mk II, and needless to say, I was incredibly impressed with its performance. The festival was awesome, per usual. You really can't beat starting your day with Every Time I Die, Motion City Soundtrack, and Alkaline Trio, and finishing with shooting Parkway Drive after a gnarly storm tore through Dallas.

four year strong // promos // dallas

After a few months of talking with Four Year Strong's publicist about setting up a shoot with the band, it finally came. Not only did I get to see by far one of the best shows that I've been to in what seems like ages with a shoot that I had also been looking forward to quite some time. The shoot itself was pretty simple, I found a pretty cool (if I do say so myself) location directly adjacent to the venue that let me get quite a few looks without moving a set up around Deep Ellum. I played around with my [large] film camera for the first time in a few months at the shoot also, which was rad, and led to me finding a favorite negative film that I can get locally, and re-inspired me to use that camera again. The lighting was nothing extravagant, just a simple use of natural light combined with a single light off camera. All in all, it was a fun shoot with a great group of guys, simple lighting, simple location, and pretty decent weather for being Texas in August... The show was tons of fun also, I've only seen Four Year Strong (and Set Your Goals) in venues like House of Blues and Palladium Ballroom before, and seeing them in a venue the size of The Door was amazing. The energy of the bands skyrocketed, and the crowd was going nuts the whole show, especially when FYS took a break from playing songs off of Rise or Die Trying to play their cover of Third Eye Blind's "Semi-Charmed Life." It's definitely a show I wish I could have seen in a few different cities, or that I could relive through DVD...