Happy birthday to the soulful mastermind behind The Weeknd! One of the great things about setting up this blog is being able to revisit all of these great concerts. I photographed Coachella in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and went for the first time as a guest, and not press in 2014. I didn't have any qualms about missing the 2015 festival because it is exhausting.
Performances like The Weeknd in 2012 make me miss shooting the festival. At the time, Tesfaye was popular from his mixtapes and had a dedicated following- just ask any of the women screaming in the front row. His set was sensual and perfectly timed at sunset. It's the type of thing that made you feel like you caught a glimpse of something big.
Now The Weeknd is winning Grammys and is a superstar with Beauty Behind the Madness. I would love to see The Weeknd again, both as a photographer and a fan. After all, I need a shot of Tesfaye's wonderful hair for my portfolio.
See you in the photo pit.