Updated: Jun 7, 2019
Justin, you are absolutely amazing.
This experience was both a memorable milestone personally, as well as in my photojournalism adventure. My appreciation for Justin Timberlake spans back to his Mickey Mouse Club days, when I'd sit in front of our old box TV never missing an episode as a little girl. My teenage years came along and so did my teenage crush on Justin and NSYNC, in all his choreographed dance moves and curly blond hair glory. My uncle surprised me and my cousins with tickets to two NSYNC shows at The Delta Plex and at Van Andel years ago. Unfortunately for my sister, she didn't get to go because she was too young at the time and frankly, I wasn't about to babysit (sorry sis). I promised her we would go if Justin ever made his way back to Grand Rapids.
Last night was a dream come true that I will hold dear to my heart. I got to finally fulfill my promise to my sister Nicole. Her and I have experienced so much and have so many memories that involve Justin's music. We've laughed, we've cried and we've danced all thanks to J.T.
My sister, my mom, fiance and I got to dance the night away as we watched Justin's nonstop, high energy and visually stunning performance.
He is nothing short of incredible. I'm pretty sure he's magic; he sings (no lip syncing here, people), acts, writes, has a hilarious sense of humor and this man can dance! His best feature though, of an endless list of incredible features, is his heart. Justin took a pause during the performance to recognize and give love to a few fans that have won their battle with cancer, thanks to the help of Justin's music, and congratulated a few pregnant women near the stage. He joked "Tonight we're fighting cancer, and we're making babies!"
Of all the concerts I've been to I have never seen an artist be so involved with their fans throughout a performance. Justin was constantly shaking hands and talking phones and selfies with lucky fans.
Although I had to shoot from the opposite end of the arena, and I don't have the greatest zoom lens in the world so my images are not the quality I wish them to be, I couldn't be more grateful for the experience; an experience I never could have dreamed of when I was that little pig-tailed, Punky Brewster looking girl that couldn't be distracted when Justin appeared on TV.
See you again soon, Justin, and thank you for the memories!
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