Once Upon a Hot Tennessee Summer
Last summer I had the honor of being apart of the photography teem for Chic 2009 in Tennessee. Chic (Covenant High In Christ) is a week long high school conference put on by the Evangelical Covenant Church every three years. It is a massive gathering of students coming from all over North America and this year featured speakers Erwin Raphael McManus, Shane Claiborne, Efrem Smith. Artists including David Crowder Band, Third Day, Flyleaf and Salvador just to name a few.
Photographing all 5,200 students with just two other photographers was a work every day for sure. Most days going on 12+ hours, taking thousands of photos a day, but never did it feel like too much work.The experience of shooting for a such an event was incredible. In the mornings we would run around the UT campus capturing the morning activities. In the afternoon shooting all the students enjoying the excursions, sometimes going as far as the North Carolina border to get shots of the white water rafting. Finally, after all that there would still be the night time event called main stage which lasted well into the night. It was an awesome feeling to be standing between the huge bands and 5000 fans. It was an event I wont forget and these are just some of my favorites from the week.