Every year Photoshop World has a theme and this year it was built around Rock ‘n Roll and specifically the Rock Band NAPP and their fans the NAPP Army. The keynote address started out with a mockumentary of the band NAPP followed immediately with a live performance by the reunited band. I was lucky enough to be able to capture all the glamour that actually takes place backstage at a big Rock ‘n Roll show.
The first thing to understand is that this is a BIG operation. There are many people making sure that the whole presentation goes off without a hiccup. I was there two hours before the kickoff, they were already setup and were making sure everything was ready to go.
The band arrived and immediately went into a soundcheck, the first time just the music, then with the vocals. Then it was time to leave the stage and get transformed into NAPP.
This process involved sitting in a state of the art dressing room while a dedicated team of makeup, hair and costumers made sure everything was just right.
To add to the pressure backstage, there were famous photographers and other celebrities everywhere.
Finally the band was ready and after a quick backstage portrait they were ready to take the stage.
But was the crowd ready for NAPP?
Could anyone really be ready for NAPP?
An amazing amount of work for one song and it really paid off. I am glad that I was able to be a part of it. For more info on Photoshop World, visit www.photoshopworld.com
Amazing work by Shelly Giard. She did the all the makeup for the band both in Las Vegas and earlier this year in Orlando.