Behind the Scene(s) - photos by Joe Lemke

Here’s a shot of Miss Kayla Marie from my shoot that I collaborated with Karrah Kobus on today.  I edited this one on my phone haha.  Just a sneak peak.
Nov 27

Here’s a shot of Miss Kayla Marie from my shoot that I collaborated with Karrah Kobus on today. I edited this one on my phone haha. Just a sneak peak.

Jesse Lacey of Brand New

Bamboozle 2012
Shot for Alternative Press

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Nov 22

Jesse Lacey of Brand New

Bamboozle 2012 Shot for Alternative Press

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The 1975 @ Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
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Wow I love this shot.  This band is awesome.  Nice shot Maysa.
Jun 27

mamamaysa:

The 1975 @ Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Wow I love this shot. This band is awesome. Nice shot Maysa.

heyitstanya:

Austin Carlile - Of Mice & Men (by Tanya Gelman)
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Oh, hey!  It’s Joe Lemke and his camera behind Austin!
Jun 23

heyitstanya:

Austin Carlile - Of Mice & Men (by Tanya Gelman)

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Oh, hey! It’s Joe Lemke and his camera behind Austin!

Austin Carlile and The Coolest Little Dude Ever on Flickr.

Took this shot of Austin and the little dude during a signing at Skate and Surf.
Skate and Surf 2013
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Jun 20

Austin Carlile and The Coolest Little Dude Ever on Flickr.

Took this shot of Austin and the little dude during a signing at Skate and Surf.

Skate and Surf 2013
Shot for Alternative Press.
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Jun 12

everyoneisgay:

Dear friend,

I’m writing to tell you, among other things, that I am super gay. This may or may not come as a surprise to you. If it does: Surprise! If it does not: You were right all along! Either way: Hooray!

I didn’t want to come out. I don’t want coming out to be a thing that anyone has to do.

A short list of things I’d rather be doing than “thinking about being gay” includes (but is not limited to) writing a song, reading a book, climbing a tree, dancing a jig, and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the zillionth time. Don’t get me wrong - I think it is in the best interest of everyone to strive for a greater understanding of the self. I just wish that being gay (or transgender, or asexual, or fill-in-the-blank here) was as unremarkable to the masses as being left-handed or blonde.

In a perfect world, nobody would have to experience any of the negative side-effects of figuring out that you’re gay, which can include feeling confused, shameful, afraid, lost, or alone. In a perfect world, everyone could just like who they like, and get on with it.

Spoiler alert: We do not live in a perfect world.

I began to realize that I was interested in girls in junior high. At first, it made me uncomfortable. I grew up in a fairly rural, conservative town. I knew exactly one kid who was out at school, and he was harassed on a daily basis. I had always sort of liked feeling different from most of the kids at school – you know, poetry over football and whatnot. But I didn’t want to be THAT different. 

My feelings were further complicated by my religious upbringing. My family attended a born-again style church which taught (as many churches do) that homosexuality is a sin. The price of that sin, should you find yourself unable to turn away from it, was to burn in a pit of fiery torment for all eternity. I was an impressionable kid, and hell was advertised to me as very real - and very likely, if I didn’t watch my step. I internalized these ideas as a child and as I grew, they grew with me.

But other growth was happening simultaneously. Over time I got more comfortable with myself, lost a few friends, and made some new ones.When I began my journey as a musician, I decided that I didn’t want to publicly address my sexuality. I didn’t think it was a big deal, or relevant to my job in any way. I also worried that the first word people would associate with me was going to be “gay” instead of “musician.” I didn’t want a non-musical part of myself overshadowing the musical part. Plus I figured it wasn’t anybody’s business.

I still maintain that it is not anybody’s business. I don’t think anyone should have to feel an obligation to come out. I don’t think that outing people is cool. I think every person has the right to privacy, and should be able to share themselves with their friends, their family, and the world at their own pace, in their own time. However, I’ve come to realize in recent months that a big part of my desire to hide this aspect of myself was rooted in those dusty old feelings: that there is something wrong, something bad, something less-than about being gay.

It brings me no pleasure to admit to you that I have felt these feelings. I want to appear strong, because I feel strong now. But at the same time I know it is important - perhaps even the whole point of writing this thing - to make myself vulnerable. Because I know that there are human beings out in the world who understand these feelings but cannot give them a name. I want to tell you that it’s okay to feel messed up. Feeling messed up is a part of life, but it is not the only part. And the only way out of that feeling is through.

This summer I am going to marry my fiancé. Her name is Kristin Russo and she is one half of the team behind EveryoneIsGay.com. Having a firsthand view of the work that she and Dannielle do has been inspiring, and has also made me think more critically about my decision. What kind of a message does it send to a teenager when I avoid a question about my sexuality? Whatever the answer, I’m confident that it is no longer a message I am comfortable sending.

I think it is damaging and isolating for young people to look out into the world and not see a representation of their experience. To encounter others who are like you is to know that you are not alone. Even if you never meet them in real life, these representatives help to contextualize you – they are proof that you are part of something.

You are not an anomaly. You are not a mistake.

I am thankful that in recent years, it has become a bit more common for people from all walks of life to step forward and identify themselves as human beings who also happen to be gay. I am proud to offer my voice to that expanding chorus.

Love,

Jenny

 

Super cool that Jenny wrote this. Probably wasn’t the easiest thing to write but no one ever gets anywhere in life taking the easier way out.

motioncitysoundtrack:


Ladies and Gentlemen, let us be the first to introduce you to our newest member: Claudio Rivera! He is an old friend who has played many roles in our life as a band over the years. We are very excited to embark on this musical journey with him at the drum helm. Be sure and give him the glad hand should you spot him this summer at the Vans Warped Tour. Hell, that goes for any of us. Take care and we’ll see you soon.
Photo by Joe Lemke


Sweet!  Glad these photos are getting out! :-)  WELCOME CLAUDIO!
Jun 10

motioncitysoundtrack:

Ladies and Gentlemen, let us be the first to introduce you to our newest member: Claudio Rivera! He is an old friend who has played many roles in our life as a band over the years. We are very excited to embark on this musical journey with him at the drum helm. Be sure and give him the glad hand should you spot him this summer at the Vans Warped Tour. Hell, that goes for any of us. Take care and we’ll see you soon.

Photo by Joe Lemke

Sweet! Glad these photos are getting out! :-) WELCOME CLAUDIO!

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"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life."

- Richard Bach (via eyeslikeglobes)

May 23
One of my favorite photos I shot at Skate and Surf this weekend.

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THIS IS THE CUTEST PICTURE EVER MY HEART IS ALL SOUPY
May 21

One of my favorite photos I shot at Skate and Surf this weekend.

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THIS IS THE CUTEST PICTURE EVER MY HEART IS ALL SOUPY

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My Headless Brother, Gio. on Flickr.My brother used to have a good head on his shoulders.  I’m not sure what happened.
May 6

My Headless Brother, Gio. on Flickr.

My brother used to have a good head on his shoulders. I’m not sure what happened.