coachella crowd stars

Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

I love/hate Coachella. I’m not shooting it this year because I’m busy getting reacquainted with Europe, but I’ll miss meeting all the lovely people, like this lot.

I love festival crowd shots. Firstly, I love weather, so having changing skies to shoot under all day makes me gleeful. And, dressed-up people who’ve looked forward to being there for ages, having the time of their lives, make for great portraits. Then there are the laden-down photographers, lugging heavy stuff all over fields in the pouring rain/boiling sun and running from stage to stage, giving themselves bruises from their 70-200mms smacking them on the hip with every step. It’s an ideal setting for shooting documentary-style portraits, which of course makes me fantastically happy.

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Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

Coachella Festival 2009, Indio, California (Rachel Carr/Countessian.com)

Coachella music festival in Indio, California--NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE, PORTFOLIO ONLY (Rachel Carr)

coachee loves you badge/pin from coachella music festival in indio, california (rachel carr)