A little over 3 weeks ago I photographed this great couple tying the final knot in their relationship. It was a hot day, with temperatures reaching above 90 degrees -- while the ceremony was outside! However, it was worth it! Nate & I went to college together and played on a few basketball teams together as well, so we've been friends for awhile. I've photographed the couple's last few significant happenings over the years, including grad photos, the (surprise) engagement, etc., so this was next in line! Check a gallery below of some favorites! Thank you to the great Jessica Brown for helping out and second shooting on wedding day!
Also, here is a link to the digital gallery! --> keenanhairston.pixieset.com/haleyandnathanielotto
Firefly is a very, very unique festival located in the rural woodlands of Dover, Delaware. With a creative map spread out over the span of 105 acres, there are many things to do and see. There was also 8 different stages with over 140 bands -- so there was no shortage of live music either. The fest brings in 90,000 to 100,000 attendees annually, so fans didn't hesitate to flood the grounds again for this year's edition of it's sunny & fun 4-day event.
Grammy-nominated singer Khalid ended his national Roxy Tour at the Red Hat Amphitheater last night in a notable fashion with yet another sold-out show. His style of music is interesting and his set was full of energy, and he also had dancers. Check out some favorites from his set below.
44th Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) yesterday to talk about his book, Promise Me Dad. In spite of all of his tragic losses over the years, this man is still a class act, and a hilarious one at that. He is on a mission for the people. It was a pleasure hearing him speak.
Simply put, Soundset 2018 was amazing -- seamless and fun event all around. There were 4 stages, a large custom car show, a breakdancing competition and much more. I had fun running around all day to say the least. A big thank you goes to Juggernaut Sound for all the help. I will definitely be back for another go-round! Check out a gallery of my favorites below.
Grammy-nominated R&B legend Brian McKnight stopped in Raleigh Friday night for a sold-out concert. Let me say -- this man puts on a great show. He was definitely very fun and "easy" to shoot. It had been awhile since I had photographed a R&B singer and that's part of why i decided to take it on. View my favorites below!
Post Malone performed in Raleigh on Friday night as one of his stops on his Beerbongs & Bentleys album release tour, with opening acts 21 Savage and SOBxRBE performing before him. There were over 20,000 people in attendance, filling the amphitheatre to capacity. The openings acts weren't necessarily something to remember, but Post's bit was very entertaining. I had seen him perform 2 or 3 times before last night and unfortunately each of those times security was not letting photographers shoot, so this was my first time actually capturing his set. Photos from his set + the opening acts' sets are below!
Quality Control the label came to Charlotte, NC, to put on a night show including some of their biggest acts. Spotify and RapCaviar produced the special event. There were up to 7 acts on the bill, most notable being Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty and the Migos. Since today is my birthday, I decided to go and work the event as an early birthday present for myself, ha! It was my first concert in Charlotte and it was great, simply put. Here are some photos from last night below.
Prime Social Group came to Raleigh this past Saturday and put on a small one day festival at the Red Hat Amphitheater downtown. They're a concert promotion company based in Michigan that produces music events throughout the East Coast. Since they were coming from a good distance for Saturday's event, I was connected with them through a local marketing coordinator to see if they needed an in-house photographer for their event here. Shortly after chatting with them they decided to hire me for the day. I was given the rights to run their Instagram account with my work for the next couple of weeks & had "all access" around the venue for the day so it was definitely fun putting that to use! It's always a great pleasure to experience people taking a liking to my work and I plan to work with the agency for events they produce in other regions in the future. Check out some of my photos from the day below! Have some really fun events coming up and i'll always update my music-related work on my music page! Thank you for tuning in and per usual, be blessed.
Big K.R.I.T. is currently on tour after the recent release of his latest album and one of his stops was at the Ritz last night. I used to be a big, big fan of his. It's always interesting to hear how an artist's music changes over the span of their career. Anyway, unfortunately, they didn't light him pretty well at all so shooting him was...interesting. There is no flash photography allowed when photographing shows either (I wouldn't use one in this setting anyway, but just for context). Most times, for big artists, venues will have the colored lights going every which way behind the artist, then a solid front light hitting the artist's face to light he/she up well. Last night there wasn't a front light on his face so it made it a bit difficult, but I welcomed the challenge! See some pictures from the show below.
Hello! I just got back in town yesterday from SXSW. What an experience. So many people all around, so many things to do. The entire festival was March 9-18, but i was only in town for the music part of the festival, which was March 13-18. The daytimes were full of panels, keynote speakers and conferences so I got to meet a handful of very cool people. The nights were full of pop-up showcases put on by different brands such as Netflix, Def Jam Records, Mass Appeal and more. Not only was this my first time shooting SXSW, but it was also my first time in Austin, Texas. Very glad for both of these experiences equally, even if they did leave me burnt out! Check out some of my photos below from the happenings. Thank you, and be blessed. Be back soon.
Grammy-nominated artist Young Jeezy came to the Ritz last night on a stop of his Cold Summer Tour. It was pretty much a sold-out show and full of energy. I used to be a really big fan of his before he got up in age. Here are some of my favorites from his set last night -- this was my last concert before SXSW next week which i'm very excited about! Looking forward to that.
Hello hello! Last night I photographed rapper A$AP Ferg on his recently-started Mad Man Tour. This is another Live Nation tour, and it was actually one of the most entertaining shows i've seen there yet. He had two cameras on dollies on the stage recording him performing, and the screen behind him was playing it live to the crowd. It was pretty cool. I've never seen anything like that in concert. Ferg is an artist I personally listen to and his energy last night was great. Below are some from his set. Be blessed!
For the latter half of this month I decided to post only black & white/grayscale photos of black music artists i have photographed in the past months & years on my Instagram, as a tribute to black history month. Black & white photos can give off a "timeless" feel, and when done correctly can be even better than color! This opinion says a lot coming from myself because being able to express colors in my work is one of the main reasons i'm even a photographer in the first place. Nonetheless, this was a very fun creative jog and provided for a cool aesthetic. Peep the shots below and give my instagram a peep at instagram.com/kmhairstonmedia! Be blessed.
Yo yo! I want to get more active with my site and blogging, so I think i'm going to share some shots from the shows I shoot on here with a more consistent effort. Last night Fetty Wap stopped by Ritz Raleigh for his very last stop on his For My Fans Tour and I worked the event. I photographed him almost 2 years ago when he was really rising to fame and that one was fun.
The folks over at the Ritz are awesome to work with. I've shot countless shows at the venue, as a lot of big artists stop by there on their (Live Nation) tours. Check out some of my favorite shots from last night! Be blessed.
Finally here! I'm very invigorated by the new year. I got a LOT done in 2017, but not enough. There's a lot I aspire to get done this year and the beginning of a new 365 resembles a 100% clean slate, with no more negative distractions. I have a relatively bare schedule, and there's a ton of new gigs for me to go out and contract. I'm very excited. I generally don't make specific goals for myself for the new year, but I do have 2 or 3 this go-round -- we shall see! The motto remains: I can. I will. I must.
Two weeks before 2017 ended, I flew out to Southern California to photograph another Rolling Loud festival. This go-round was a two-day (Saturday & Sunday) festival, not three days like their original installment in Miami. Very fun! I was pretty much on-the-go all weekend and I enjoyed constantly shooting. Here are some of my favorite photos from the weekend below.
Oh, also! I have my interview with WCOM 103.5FM this Friday! This will be the very first time speaking in such a manner about my career. A link to a video of the talk session will be shared shortly afterwards.
Happy New Year people and thank you for all your support. Be blessed.
Hello! Figured i'd do a quick write-up. The fall is here and winter is coming! Meaning the temperatures are dropping and basketball season is here. I shot my first couple games of the season last weekend, and I have a couple more this weekend at Duke and UNC. This is a very interesting and exciting time of the year for me, as basketball is one of my favorite two things to shoot.
It is no secret that I do a lot of music photography as well. I deemed 2018 my year of elevation in my music work, meaning i'm going to transition into covering more festivals. I have a few big ones slated for the new year, and i'm excited for the experiences they will bring. Speaking of festivals, i'm headed back to California next month to cover Rolling Loud's SoCal installment of their festival with the good folks at Variance Mag! I covered the home one in Miami earlier this year, and it was quite a time. I'm looking forward to this one and sharing my content, but in the meantime I invite you to view some of my shots from Miami's fest below!
Updates soon. Be blessed.
Hello! I was recently in San Francisco for about 6 days on a leisure trip visiting family & friends. I had been to the bay area two times previously and had not been a fan of it at all. It was always cold, dreary and windy amongst other things. Also, the hills are very aggressive on walkers. However this trip was very enjoyable. The weather was nice and there were many things to do. I decided to bring my camera along and take photos of whatever cool things my eye captured. Here are some photos below. Take a look!
Also -- I was recently asked to be an interviewee on a Chapel Hill/Carrboro radio station to share my stories on my career to this point as a photographer and videographer. I've never done anything of this sort, as public speaking is not exactly my forte, but i'm very excited to share! It will be video recorded and potentially shared on the People's Channel in Chapel Hill & Carrboro, and Durham Community Media as well. My segment will air on Friday, January 5, 2018 and will go from 6-6:30pm. For all my local NC folks, I invite you to tune in. Be blessed.
Hello! Figured i'd restart my blogging ventures again. I spent a significant amount of time away from blogging and i'm not really sure why. But nonetheless, this year has been a busy one! I've been to places like Miami (a few times), New York & New Jersey, Atlanta and San Francisco (headed back out there tomorrow!) and hopefully more before the year closes out. I'm going wherever my camera takes me and i'm in for the ride. Until my next blog, please enjoy the short vid below of some of my recent best work! Be blessed.
PS -- I recently tuned into a really good podcast by a photographer I look up to. If any of you have any podcast recommendations related to this field whatsoever, please reach out to me and let me know!