St. Petersburg Photography Studio on the Main Stage at SunFest

Shooting great rock bands on the main stage of a summer music festival is every photographer’s dream, and recently our St. Petersburg photo studio had a chance to do just that at SunFest Music and Arts Festival in West Palm Beach.

Chris McCarty performing at SunFest, Florida's largest waterfront music and arts festival

Lead photographer Christian Schwier backstage

On Friday May 4th, photographers Christian Schwier and Anthony Brock traveled cross-state to document the Chris McCarty Band and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran perform before a crowd of over 20,000 fans. But as the crew pulled up backstage, a sudden and torrential downpour unleashed over the festival, nearly making a mockery of the SunFest moniker. “We had to cover all our equipment with tarps and make a mad dash backstage,” Schwier recounted.

Yet within a few minutes, the clouds parted and Chris McCarty and co. launched into a feel-good set of reggae-inflected tunes peppered with crowd-pleasing covers.

McCarty's charismatic stage presence shines through when he performs

Our team maximized the stage lighting and live action to create vibrant photos

The Chris McCarty Band after their set

Later on when Brit rocker Sheeran took the stage, the crowd absolutely roared. Our professional Saint Petersburg photographers worked all the angles, expertly capturing the energy and excitement of the live show while effortlessly negotiating a dynamic stage setup. Pre-and-post show backstage shots rounded out the assignment, resulting in a vivid work of narrative photojournalism.

Ed Sheeran headlined the night

Singles like "The A Team" and "Lego House" had the crowd singing along

Ecstatic fans inspired us during the documentary-style shoot

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