Pictures from the Billboard Music Awards 2012 Press Room

Here are the pics that I took yesterday in the BBMA press room.  Unfortunately, not all of the celebrities came back to the press room.  I know there are a lot that were hoping I would get a picture of Justin Bieber but he was one of the celebs that did grace us (the press) with his presence.   The celebrities that I did get pictures of, in the order the pictures are, are Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke, Far East Movement, Jason Derulo, Carly Rae Jepsen, LMAFO, Eric Benet, and Stevie Wonder.

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Taylor Swift: One of My Favorite Celebrities to Photograph

Since I have started photographing celebrities beginning last year with the Billboard Music Awards, I have developed a group of celebrities that I love to photograph. Among that list is Taylor Swift. Although I didn’t get a good selection of pics of her at the Billboard Music Awards, I managed to get some exceptional photos of Taylor at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The biggest reason I find Taylor such a great subject is that she radiates an aura of beauty combined with the innocence of her age. You can tell from her pictures that she is gracious and she is always at her best when she is interacting with her fans.

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Pop Culture Redefined Year in Review 2011

2011 has been an interesting year for this blog.  The first couple of months of 2011 were devoted solely to commenting on events that happened in pop culture.  Events like Charlie Sheen’s meltdown and the disappointment in MTV.  Things changed slightly when I moved to Las Vegas in April.  While making the transition from east coast to west coast had its challenges, it was interesting to make a cross-country trip to start a new life in one of the world’s most visited cities.

In the eight months I have lived here in Sin City, I have seen some amazing things from the iconic Las Vegas Strip to the incredible landscape that surrounds Vegas.  From a photographer’s perspective,  this part of the country has a wealth of subjects to capture in both still photography and video.

Moving to Las Vegas has also been interesting because I have been able to get close to celebrities and take their picture.  Even though I was with the rest of the general public at the Billboard Music Awards and the Daytime Emmy Awards, I managed to get some excellent pictures of some well-known celebrities.

In November, I was fortunate to attend two more events that were amazing.  The first one was seeing Max Brooks, author of World War Z, speak at the Clark County Library.  This guy is very interesting and hilarious.  After his speech, he signed books and spoke to the fans in attendance.  During my time with him, I got him to sign a couple of books, took my picture with him, and shamelessly gave him the address to this blog in the hopes he would read it and maybe tell some people about it.

The other highlight of November was attending my first press conference.  I have to tell you it was an amazing experience to see my blog’s name on an official list of news organizations approved to attend.  The press conference was to announce the partnership of fashion designer Marc Ecko and urban Latin/ reggaeton duo Wisin y Yandel on a men’s apparel line called Los Lideres, which is based on the style of Wisin y Yandel.

What does 2012 hold for Pop Culture Redefined?  Hopefully more coverage of some major pop culture events here in Las Vegas.  Maybe some interviews with some well-known celebrities will happen for this blog.  The one thing that is certain is that I am going to try to become more of a presence in the pop culture industry.  It may not happen right away but it will happen eventually and during the journey to there, I am going to bring you some great articles on pop culture.  Happy New Year to everyone.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Coming to Las Vegas, September 23 and 24

Yesterday morning, it was announced online and on the local television stations here in Las Vegas that iHeartRadio was bringing their first ever music festival to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.  This festival promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience with many of the top performers in the music industry.  Already the line-up for the two-day festival is looking like a who’s who in music with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood and many more.   The full lineup so far is here with more being announced throughout the summer.

I am really excited about this because this is as big as the Billboard Music Awards or Grammys.  I emailed the person in charge of press passes in the hope that I will be able to cover this event.  I will keep all of you updated on this.

Who I Am

I just thought I would take a small break from writing about pop culture to let all my readers know who I am.  I am 33 year-old guy that has loved all things pop culture since I was a child.  Up until two and a half months ago, I was going to go back to college to get a degree in visual journalism so I could pursue a career in entertainment journalism.  Around March of this year, I came to an epiphany that even if I did get a degree, it does not guarantee that I would be able to become an entertainment journalist.  At that time I was living in Northeast Ohio which is very far removed from what I want to write about so my chances of achieving my goal lessened even more. 

Enter the chance of a lifetime.  I moved to Las Vegas not solely for this reason but it fit better into my plan instead of staying in Ohio and going to school putting myself into further debt with student loans.  Do I think things are going to be easier now that I live in Vegas?  The short answer is no but at least I will have more opportunities that I did not have in Ohio.  This has already been made clear by being able to photograph some celebrities at the Billboard Music Awards last month.

I know the road ahead of me is not going to be easy but I wouldn’t want it that way.  I have learned the best things in life do not come without a fight.  It may take years of hard work to get to my goal but I am in this for the long haul.  This is what I want, plain and simple.  I have never wanted something so badly in my life because I know deep down that I am destined to have all this knowledge of pop culture for this very reason.

For those of you that read my blog and especially this article, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my blog and learning a little bit about me.

Pop Culture Week in Review 5/22-5/27/2011

Well I thought I would try something different.  This week has been great for both me and pop culture.  So many things have happened this week that it’s necessary to do a week in review article.

First off,  Sunday was the Billboard Music Awards here in Las Vegas, and I was down there at the white carpet taking pictures.  I have to say even though I wish I could have been there inside the MGM Grande Arena to watch the show, seeing some the best performances on television was the next best thing.

  How amazing was Beyonce?  This woman is unstoppable force.

Rihanna and Britney Spears’ performance was unbelievable.  The thing that I loved most about this performance was that the general public knew that Rihanna would be performing but the producers kept it a secret that Britney was going to perform.  Here in Vegas we found out that this was the case the day before when a pic of Britney onstage with Rihanna during rehearsals was leaked.

  Before I saw this performance, I never cared to even check into Nicki Minaj’s music but after seeing her on the white carpet and seeing this performance made me at least have an appreciation for her as artist and a fan of her song “Super Bass”.

  She is freaky to watch but I want to see what her facial expressions are going to be throughout the video.

On Monday, Lady Gaga’s second album was released.  You can read my review here.  Also released on Monday was Glee, The Music Vol. 6 with the original songs from the season finale, “Pretending” and “Light Up The World”.

These songs were even better than the songs they did for Regionals. 

On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Mind you I am not a big fan of Oprah.  I do not dislike her but I was never really into her show.  Needless to say that she has had a huge impact on pop culture.  Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious take on her farewell to her fans.

Finally today after two weeks in a coma, Jeff Conaway best known for both his role as Kenickie in “Grease” and from the television “Taxi” died today.  Conaway, who was 60, was put into a medically induced coma after a case of pneumonia and too many prescribed drugs.   He was taken off of life support yesterday.

Pictures from the White Carpet at the Billboard Music Awards 2011

Here are the pics from my first awards show red carpet.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.