Barefoot, Chicago native Daphne Willis sauntered onto the Kessler’s stage on November 25, second on the bill with a trio of female singer/songwriters. Taking her time to tune up after taking her place, the audience waited patiently.
The Kessler is one of the most challenging venues to shoot music in Dallas. When artists go on stage and the lights go down, the venue takes on the guise of a cavern lit by a single candle brighter than the sun. In a controlled environment, this might be an interesting situation to shoot. However, when moving around a stage, trying to be respectful of the audience and working without a tripod, this becomes quite a challenge. That doesn’t mean you can’t gain control of the environment. Suffice it to say that this is one of the more difficult ones to shoot in because of the stark contrast between light and darkness in the venue.