Back in August, I had the opportunity to photograph Carlsbad local Cody Lovaas performing at the Carlsbad Village Theatre.

The sixteen year-old singer-songwriter has already gained quite the foothold in the music industry. Last year, Lovaas signed with Bill Silva, manager of Jason Mraz.

It’s been a while since I’ve been out of my comfort zone with photography. Even though the stakes were zero (no one was paying me for these photos), a little shot of nervousness zipped through me when my friend Tim — who had invited me to the concert and suggested I bring my camera — said, ‘Cody’s dad would love to see your shots!’ (Tim, who seems to know everyone in Carlsbad, somehow knew Cody’s dad.)

Despite the venue’s severe lack of lighting and my definite lack of portrait/action photography experience (especially in low light), I managed to snag some decent images. Oh, and after seeing Cody perform… Yep, this kid is incredibly talented. Check out his music here. ☼

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