“I’m not asking for a life made of solid gold / I just want to feel the warmth of the afterglow.”

When I connected with Hang Tight about a photo shoot, the band blessed my ears with a preview of their upcoming single, “Afterglow.” It immediately brought me back to my high school years – listening to The Starting Line and driving along the beach with my windows down. No doubt your new summer anthem, the song also spoke to my present and how I live simply, seeking joy in the “small” moments every day. While listening to the track’s skate and surf vibes, I had a vision of the band posing in the ocean while a wave crashed on them. So, we decided to capture just that – with a lot of fun along the way!

Pete, Bill, Juan, Montana, and I met at Seven Presidents Skatepark in Long Branch, NJ to kick off the photo shoot. After snapping a few shots, we strolled down the street to Fuze, locally famous for their empanadas and smoothies, which we happily enjoyed. I really loved getting to know the guys as we walked and hung out. Having causal downtime during photo shoots helps everyone feel comfortable, and I knew I wanted to capture some of those “in between” moments of the guys just being them.

As the sun began to set, we prepared for the wave shot. The ocean wasn’t nearly as cold as we expected! While the waves weren’t big (probably for the better!), everyone’s reactions to them were priceless! True happiness brings such purity to a photo. Often, band promo shots are serious business, which is great for moody images. But my favorites from our shoot are where the guys are laughing and having fun. I didn’t think they’d go all the way in, but three of four took the plunge for even more hilarious photos!

We wrapped up the night with hugs alongside a perfect sunset. I drove away grateful for the opportunity to make simple summer memories – my afterglow 🙂

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