merlefest 2016 – the big wrap up

Pixels on Paper Photography Merlefest 2016 photo

Sythian, backlit

Merlefest 2016 had rain, sun, the pair of us wrapping ourselves in outerwear one minute, covering our equipment in plastic the next, changing into shorts and shedding same outerwear, then later putting sweatshirts back on, downloading photo files and racing to the next stage. WE LOVED IT. The pace was hectic and often we had to remind ourselves to eat and yet we still missed many meals. On almost every day, we would get out of the car, smooch and then not see each other again until it was time to leave that night. Occasionally we’d spot each other and wave when passing from one stage to another. (Fun tip: pack a spare pair of socks and keep ’em handy when attending this or any other multi-day fest).

Pixels on Paper Photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photo

Frontman for Steep Canyon Rangers – Woody Platt

Several bands we, and other photographers, were scheduled to shoot decided to block photographers from capturing any images right before going on stage. While we were disappointed, as were the crowds in the first few rows who were also banned, we did get to see new performers to Merlefest, some performers who’ve been tried and true regulars and some old timers.
Newbies included Lindsay Lou & the Flatbelly’s, from Michigan, who were lively and fun.
Pixels on Paper Photography Merlefest 2016 Lindsay Lou & Flatbelly's photoPixels on Paper Photography Merlefest 2016 Lindsay Lou & Flatbellys photoPixels on Paper Photography Merlefest 2016 Lindsay Lou & Flatbellys photoOf the regulars, the Steep Canyon Rangers did not disappoint. Out of Western NC – they drew an enormous crowd.
Pixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photoPixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photoPixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photoPixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photoPixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Steep Canyon Rangers photoRyan had the pleasure of covering the Chris Austin Songwriters Competition and photographing participants, including our pal Meris Gant. Austin was a beloved country music singer and songwriter who passed in 1991 and the competition raises scholarship money for Austin’s Memorial fund.
Pixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Meris Gant photoMerlefest will celebrate its 30th year in 2017 and we’re excited about what it will be like in 350 days. With all the new performers and regulars, it’s always nice to see someone who has been performing for 29 years and one of them is Peter Rowan. We’ll leave you with a couple pics of him.
Pixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Peter Rowan photoPixels on Paper photography Merlefest 2016 Peter Rowan photo

We’re just now getting back to feeling semi-rested, and already looking forward to next year.

We love family portraits whether they are set in the studio, the great outdoors, a specific location like the mountains or high country, or on our property in our outdoor portrait garden.Pixels on Paper photographs babies and kidsengagements and weddingsbrides and special events and portraits of all kinds in our Wilkesboro, NC studio. We would be honored to meet with you, learn about you and your family and be a part of taking special portraits that will become, we hope, family heirlooms.


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