This one wasn't high on my Bucket List, for sure. But it was very near and dear to someone who is very near and dear to me....my granddaughter Haylee. For her, Justin Bieber is not just a superstar, he is the only one that matters. Well, him and Taylor Swift. She's got him plastered all over her room. I know absolutely nothing about his music. I don't really get into little boys singing "baby, baby, baby....." pandering to children and pre-teens. When I told her that I may get to photograph The Bieb, she got so excited. So, it was one of those things that I just had to do.
First up that night was Cody Simpson. He's a likable kid from Australia the appears to love surf culture. And the girls liked him a lot too.
Next up was Ariana Grande. She is a little Florida cutie from Boca Raton and she too put on quite a high energy show with dancers and a presence that was easily photographed.
After a LONG wait, it was time for the big event. They put up a 10 minute countdown on the big screen behind the stage, and every time a minute ticked off, the crowd went into hysterics. By the time it got down to 0:00, they couldn't contain their excitement. And then Justin Bieber made his entrance.....
Yes, he flew onto the stage. No matter what you think of him, the kid sure can make an entrance. And the crowd was loving it.
Oh, and someone else was there in the crowd for the show as well....
We were probably the farthest back I've ever been when shooting a concert at the Arena. We were confined to a very small area almost on the back wall and couldn't move. There were only four photographers that were allowed in, and we were literally shooting over each other's shoulders....in addition to all the upstretched arms, cellphones and whatever else the kids in front of us could hold up. Oh, and if you go to one of these shows, I'd advise ear protection. The decibel level is so high, I'm sure dogs for miles around were trying to figure out what was going on.
If you'd like to see more of my photos of the show, check out my website. Go ahead and click it.
All in all, it really wasn't so bad. The crowd was happy. But most importantly, Haylee was happy. And that's all that mattered to me.