It is about time I post about my continuing shoots at Tysons Corner Center. Since 2013, they have had me come out to photograph a number of events, and special occasions. These projects have really kept me practicing my skills. Sometimes, the purpose of the images is to get candid photos of exciting events that they have at the mall showing exciting stores or displays, and the customers and staff interacting. Other times, the photos are more architectural or landscape. They show off the new projects that are going on in the Tysons area. The people that I come in to contact are the best and most exciting from this side of the camera.
There are fashion shows which show off some of the newest styles for the season. I setup a small lighting setup to make sure that the runway models will pop off the page. It is fun to see the crowd reacting to some of the spontaneous moments during the show, and they really help to tell the story of these productions.
Summer Concert Series
In the summer, they produced some amazing concert performances on their outdoor Plaza area. This place has become a destination for many in Fairfax County during summer weekends. It has been a privilege to photograph the artists in meet and greet events before their performances, and who has a job where you get to listen to loud music while working?
Leann Rimes performance
I will have more posts on my shoots at Tysons Corner Center as they always have something going on to get people to their space. The marketing team there has also been some of the nicest, most professional group that ensures these happenings all run smoothly. All the stores and vendors involved are sure to get their shine in each of these instances. I do my best to get great images of all the participants, that will encourage them to keep coming back to Tysons Corner Center for future events. Of course, I hope that they ask me back to cover more of those – it has become one of my favorite places to make photos!
Last month, I photographed David Cook at the 2017 Christmas Tree Lighting at Tysons Corner Center. Of course Santa was also there along with a crew from 97.1 WASH-FM. Without a doubt, this event was geared to jump start the holiday shopping season, and the music, lights, and Santa put it into high gear. Performing on his guitar, David played holiday selections and some of his familiar hits that made this American Idol famous.
After the event on the Plaza was finished, David and Santa went to his set inside the mall. Shortly afterwards, some fans came to a short meet and greet. While we were there, I did get a chance to tell David that he is popular in the ballroom dance world. Specifically many of his songs translate well to Viennese Waltz tracks during competition heats. Hopefully he was not too scared off by my out-of-left-field tidbit – lol!
This year’s 2017 Summer Concert Series was an amazing lineup that filled up the Plaza every Friday! Prior to the start of the series, I thought it would be tough to top the great performers from last year. Now that it is finished, I am impressed with the turnout for the concerts. While most of the concerts were hosted by 94.7 Fresh FM, the WGTS crowd really filled in the Plaza to the edges! However, all of the performances had large crowds making photography very easy. Especially the LeAnn Rimes performance where the Macerich team really needed to work to pull that off. On this occasion, the outdoor Plaza switched to an indoor concert. Although some of these acts I did not recognize at first, now I am a fan! To see all the photos from these performances, you can view them on the Tysons Corner Center Facebook page. Enjoy!