First of all a big thank you to promoters Melting Vinyl for their hospitality on the evening and of course for giving me permission to photograph the gig.
As normal with most gigs you are given the first three songs to get your photos. I never really thought much about the reason "why three songs?" before this concert. I just assumed it was enough time for any half competent photographer to rattle off enough photos to get a handful of keepers.
However the more probably real reason as two people explained to me was that you get to take the photos before the artist gets hot and sweaty... so you get them looking their best. Makes sense.
On some of the concerts I've seen, the gig doesn't even come alive until several songs in. The recent series of Peter Gabriel gigs are a good example of this, with the house lights staying on for the first few songs. Thankfully Emiliana was straight into her set, so no problems there.
For the first time when shooting a concert I used the Olympus OM-D EM-1 along with a 75mm f/1.8 lens. The more I used my Micro Four Thirds (MTF) system the more I am impressed by it.
Talking to another photographer, who had done his research into Emiliana. He told me that she nearly always has her eyes closed while she's singing, so if you're waiting for the shot he said, it's probably not going to happen.