Interview: Danielle Ernst

Words by Avery Kelly, photos of Danielle by Nicole Busch. All other photos courtesy of Danielle Ernst.

Danielle Ernst is a live music and portrait photographer based in Orange County and LA, known for her distinct style which frequently employs bright colors and surreal motifs to tell stories. Her super-cool live shots using prisms to distort the light make shows appear exactly the way they feel to an audience member: like a total dream. Through working with bands like Hunny, Walk the Moon, and Magic Man, she’s developed a style that’s completely hers and makes her stand out from the crowd of rising music photographers. I chatted with Danielle about how she got into the industry and found her place as a music photographer; read on for more!

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Live Photos: Sunflower Bean

Photos and words by Nicole Busch

The first time I discovered Sunflower Bean was during one of the final sets at last year’s Beach Goth IV. Going into the Constellation Room that night, I wasn’t too familiar with their music, but as they started playing I instantly fell in love with their sound, style and the way they drew in the crowd.
After their time at SXSW, I was lucky enough to catch the psych-rock trio as they played a sold out headlining show at the Echo in LA in support of their debut album, Human Ceremony. It was truly one of my favorite sets I’ve seen so far this year.

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