Earlier this summer I was fortunate to be able to return to Anaheim, CA to photograph VidCon US. As this was my fourth consecutive year of taking part in all the craziness and excitement that transpires over four or five days at the Anaheim Convention Center, I find that I am just as giddy as I was the very first time. The entire scene is so impactful and overwhelming, I am constantly reminded of how stoked I am to be involved. I am also stoked on how my role and duties have evolved over the years.
My first year in the role of lead photographer and photo team leader had me hiring and managing a small team of photographers, and running around to capture what seemed like 10 million images of 10 million activities. The experience couldn’t have been better … even with days that ranged from 18 - 21 hours long. Contrast that to VidCon 2018, at which my focus was on creating portraits of specific YouTube personalities with a variety of animals, and now to VidCon 2019 where I worked alongside a video crew to capture portraits in a makeshift studio for ongoing marketing needs. The evolution has allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and I am very proud of the images that I have created in the process. Here’s a small sample of some of the portraits I created in Anaheim in 2019.