Storytime: Sarah Harvey Hale

July 15, 2016
David Wexler

sarah-harvey-haleEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fan Sarah Harvey Hale says she was 15 years old when she made her first fake press pass so that she could capture the best concert photos possible.

“I continued to do this for numerous venues and it continually worked,” she wrote on her Instagram page.

So naturally, she wasn’t deterred when she received an email saying no cameras would be allowed at Tuesday’s ESMZ concert at the Shelburne Museum.

“Yesterday, I saw one of my favorite bands @esmzeros in Shelburne, Vermont,” she says. “An email had been sent out to all 5,000 people that purchased a ticket saying no cameras were allowed. The show started at 7 p.m., so I got there at 2 p.m. and sweet talked my way through every security guard and stage manager there, convincing them to let me bring my camera. Long story short … after hours of doing this I became one of the only photographers allowed at the venue and even gained VIP access and entry in front of the stage’s barriers.”

Photo Jul 15, 12 31 44 PMSarah, a Vermont native now living in Charleston, S.C., shared with us several beautiful photos from the show and ESMZ frontman Alex Ebert.

“Persistence for a passion will get you a long way,” she wrote. “Also, @alex_ebert is mesmerizing on stage.”

Sarah’s story sounds eerily similar to that of photographer and filmmaker James Marcus Haney. Haney’s 2014 documentary “No Camera Allowed” tells his story of sneaking into some of the biggest music festivals in the country to photograph two of his favorite bands, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford & Sons. Check out our 2014 Storytime about Haney.

Janglin Souls applauds Sarah for her persistence.

“I’ve met some of the best people in my life through music,” Harvey Hale says, “and I’m so thankful for all of those experiences!”


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