A few months back, I was talking with a client, and he mentioned this concert. He proceeded to show me a packet with a bunch of major names inside. I knew right then that I wanted to be a part of this, but I didn’t know whom to contact.
Coincidentally, later that day a friend posted on her Facebook page that she was working for the festival. I hit her up with an email asking about how I can be involved as a photographer. She said I was already on a short of list of photographers. Cool. I blocked off the dates on my calendar, and forgot about it.
About a month ago, I started to get a little worried. I hadn’t heard anything further from the BottleRock people, so I sent an email to the main marketing person (the only address I had.) He forwarded my email on to the photography coordinator, and she said the pool of photographers had been filled already.
I was crushed. I had planned on doing this concert. I had blocked off the dates and turned down other work. I really wanted to photograph what was undoubtedly the biggest event in Napa’s history. I posted a note on Facebook that wouldn’t be working the festival after all. When my friend saw the post, she asked what happened. I told her, and she went to the coordinator.
Whatever she said to her worked, because I am not only of the few photographers at the event, I’m the only one documenting the entire event from construction to takedown.