As someone who has always had a passion for photography, even before I knew what it really meant, I used to always play with those plastic cameras as a kid. Growing up I would always experiment with lighting and angles in photos just for fun. Photography has been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, I even studied it in school for three years. This year, in March, I was lucky enough to join The Honey POP. It’s been a rough year for everyone, concerts weren’t even in the question for a part of it, which is why I’m so glad to be able to share my live music photography round up for The Honey POP! So, without further ado…
Yungblud – August 9th
My first gig with The Honey POP was for Yungblud, it blew my mind. It was the first time I’d got to experience Yungblud live and his shows are so wild. It allowed me to find my feet and understand the process. Being able to sing along to some incredible songs whilst doing what I love only solidified that I was starting on the right path.
Zara Larsson – August 27th
Zara Larsson was a beautiful performer, she just radiated joyful energy. Her suit was absolutely stunning too. Everyone knows at least a couple of Zara songs so there’s always something to vibe to. Pryzm, the venue, is one of my favorite venues, so being able to take photos there was a very happy moment for me.
PACKS – September 14th
This PACKS concert was my first gig in a pub, so the lighting was harder to work with, but that’s a part of my love for photography, understanding lighting, and composure. Learning whilst I grow is such an exciting feeling – angles, lighting, exposure, all of it just feeds into the final result. I’m just glad it turned out well.
Flawes – October 2nd
This was a band I was so excited to see live. Flawes filled the room with such a lively vibe, smiles all around. The venue, The Omeara, was beautiful too. You can certainly tell these men love what they’re doing, they spent the whole gig just as excited as the crowd.
George Moir – October 19th
This concert was adorable, it was at the Omeara again. George had sunflowers all over the stage and instruments, it was so cute. His voice was so beautiful and he treated his fans like his friends, all-round just a fantastic homely vibe.
Penelope Darling – November 18th
Penelope had such a strong voice, R’n’B but with a side of girl boss energy. She gave everyone free t-shirts which was such a nice touch. The lighting was a little difficult for this one too, but it was beautiful, red lights everywhere gave the whole gig a sultry feel.
Jamie Webster – December 9th
I don’t know what to say about this one, other than the fact it was exactly what you’d expect from a British gig. Chants about politics, thick British accents, and beers. Jamie was fantastic, the crowd was so loud and sang along to every word, hyping up Jamie as much as he hyped up the crowd.
Eden Hunter – December 14th
Eden embodied soul. One of the kindest people I have ever met, she sang original songs, some about love, some about girl power. To cover an Emeli Sandé song is a massive task for anyone, but Eden did it with ease. This gig took place in an art gallery and it just felt so peaceful.
That brings my live music photography of 2021 to a close. I want to say a special thank you to Andy Deluca, he is the reason I really got into this. Despite being interested in photography for years, I never had the guts to fully pursue it, but seeing Andy’s work and being able to watch him create, lit a fire in me and gave me the courage to do something about my passion for creating.
Have you loved Toyah’s live music photography this year? Check out even more THP photography from some of the best gigs of 2021, here!
Featured Image & Gallery Source: Toyah Ann for The Honey POP