Now a Swiftie: How I Went From Not Liking Taylor Swift to Becoming a Fan

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Taylor Swift greeting her fans before she goes on the white carpet at the Billboard Music Awards 2011 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the very first picture I took of Taylor.

I’ll admit it, when Taylor Swift first came on the music scene back in 2006, I did not care for her.  I honestly thought she was s bit annoying.  My annoyance increased when Taylor performed with music legend, Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammys and botched up “Rhiannon.”  It wasn’t until I moved to Las Vegas in April 2011 that my opinion of Taylor started to change.  On May 22, 2011, I went to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip to see the white (red) carpet arrivals for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.  That day I saw more celebrities in one day in Las Vegas than I had ever seen in my thirty-three years living near the east coast.  One of the celebrities that took the time to greet the fans was Taylor Swift.  The one thing I noticed about Taylor during this first time seeing her in person was that she was very gracious and generous with her fans.  Taylor stayed signing autographs and  taking pictures with her fans for good amount time.

The next time I would see Taylor was at MGM Grand again on April 2, 2012 for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  This time I took some amazing pictures of her.

Taking these pictures of Taylor Swift was an amazing experience and to this day remain to be some of my favorite celebrity pictures that I have taken.  The biggest reason for this is that I captured Taylor interacting with her fans and not posing for the press.  At one point, I used one of these pictures to make a project for my Tumblr photo blog, Celebrities’ Innermost  Thoughts.

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I posted this on April 11, 2012 here and the next day, it was reblogged on what I think was Taylor’s Tumblr page.

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I started taking notice of her music when “I Knew You Were Trouble” was released because I liked the video for the song.

Released on her birthday in 2012, this video has almost 200 million views.

When “Shake It Off” was released two months ago, I was hooked on the song instantly.

Taylor also has a great sense of humor as demonstrated when she was on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show with John Cleese last week.

Billboard Music Awards Flashback: BBMA 2012 Pics

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20140518-194215.jpg Two years ago, I was lucky to experience being a member of the press inside the BBMA 2012 press room. It was an amazing experience that I sticks with me to this day and I knew then like I know now that it will not be the last time that I get the opportunity to cover the Billboard Music Awards. Above are pictures of Natasha Bedingfield, Patent Pending, Gavin Degraw, Carly Rae Jepsen, LMFAO, Eric Benet and Stevie Wonder. These are just a few of the pictures that I took over that weekend of BBMA festivities.

Music Videos You Have to See: The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2012 Edition

With this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival a little over a month away, I thought I would give a rundown on the artists that will be performing.  The already sold-out festival is boasting an extensive line-up of who’s who in the music industry.   Tickets went on sale on July 14th and sold out in eight minutes. Continue reading →

“Scenes From The Strip”

This is a video I shot yesterday on the Las Vegas Strip.  I am considering starting a weekly video podcast of the happenings on the strip.  This will probably end up being the opening intro (shortened, of course) so I am putting this up as a test.  Let me know what you think.

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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Academy of Country Music Awards 2012 Red Carpet Pictures