first post of 2013 with all new work and first time me and Tom have worked together in the new year.
tom called me up a few days back and asked if i’d be free on the 27th and i said sure, what was up and, lo and behold, he had managed to arrange and set up a shoot with Martin Barre.
y’know, just the legendary guitarist of Jethro Tull and wanted to know if i’d help him out as a photo assist. and since i love taking documentary style/behind the scenes photos, Tom asked Martin if that would be cool for me to do while they shot and he said it was no problem.
hell to the yeah.
the location was inside the dance studio of Ballet Mississippi.
let’s get to it
wow, you get busy and you look up and you’ve completely forgotten to update your blog for an entire month!
so, many apologies everyone, but with real life getting in the way and planning out 30 Days and 30 Nights, a photo project with the amazing Nettie Harris (which i’ll be talking more about soon) i’ve just been busier than usual.
but enough of that, let’s get to the photos!
so, Chanelle Renee, of the new Renee Agency, and I have known each other for a bit. we were talking on facebook a couple of weeks ago and i mentioned that when she put on another show i’d love to shoot the behind the scenes of it. i’ve always loved that type/style of photography. anyway, she said she’d keep me in mind and a few days later she asked if i’d be free to shoot some documentary/behind the scenes type photos of a model bootcamp she was doing. i said yes and away we went!
so, as regular readers of SAJ know, i’ve pretty much gone from a weekly schedule to “post whenever i can find the time” because i’ve gotten busy with paid work. and one of those assignments was shooting photos for the summer 2011 issue of BOOM Jackson.
one of the assignments was to get a photo of the band Furrows.
whenever i shoot a band, i always try to avoid the clichéd band photos. y’know, the “put band in front of a brick wall” or shoot band standing on or around railroad tracks” type of photos. so, i decided i wanted to shoot them in a recording studio. i got in touch with Byron who, along with being the owner of Sneaky Beans is also the owner of Sneaky B Studios and asked if it was cool if i shot them in there since i’ve shot other groups in there before.
he said sure and, come to find out, the band was gonna be practicing there anyway and, after getting in touch with them, they said it was cool if i hung around, after the “official” shoot and just shot them while practicing.
sounded good to me
(make sure to check out the summer issue of BOOM Jackson to see the photo from the “official” shoot!)
yeah, i know, it’s been awhile. i’ve actually been pretty busy shooting for BOOM Jackson and assisting Tom Beck on some of his photos shoots. both things are very good things, but the trade off is that this isn’t really a weekly photoblog anymore. but you gotta take the good with the bad! those are just the facts of life!
speaking of assisting tom, whenever i assist him on a shoot, i tend to take lots of behind the scenes photos. i’ve always loved looking at photos like that and since i also love documentary style photography i really enjoy doing it.
so, figured i would finally start to post some of them.
these are all from the Jamie Ainsworth shoot.
photographer: Tom Beck
model: Jamie Ainsworth
mua/hair: Leah Vincent
photo assists: Meredith Norwood & William Patrick Butler
location: The Commons
for a weekly photo blog i sure have been forgetting that “weekly” part :p
sorry about that everyone. the summer months are always my busiest months, but i’ll try to do better!
speaking of doing better.
(that’s not the real name of it. in fact Byron hasn’t chosen a name yet. so, till then, i’m going with “Sneaky B.” because Byron is the owner of Sneaky Beans coffee house. you see what i did there?)
and since you’re reading this post, you’ve probably already figured out my answer.
also, The Envelope Pushers will be performing July 30th up at Sneaky Beans! show starts at 7pm and only $5 at the door! make sure you check it out. the boys put on a great live show!
ok, let’s get to it!
first of all, sorry for no new updates (or interludes)
let’s get back to it!
so, back in the cold months of early 2009 (april to be exact) The Bachelorettes gathered at Misha Hercules’ Olympic Records Studios to begin initial recording of a track for The Special Passenger Project compilation album that they were putting together (the track later ended up on their first full studio album “Missin’ You in Mississippi”)
being a big fan of theirs and a huge fan of Jim Marshall‘s black and white rock and roll photography, i asked if i could come too and photograph them behind the scenes.
they said sure, so off we went.
dancers fascinate me.
the way that they turn their bodies into a form of art that’s always moving and each movement has a purpose.
i just think it’s wonderful
the theme that they asked of the photographers they invited was to show work that showed music and/or dance.
after the art opening there would be a dance performance by the Front Porch Dancers, dancing to live music by Jamie Weems and the Strange Pilgrams.
as i’ve mentioned before, i’m a big fan of Annie Leibovitz‘s work, esp the work she did when she documented three weeks with Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov, photographing them and their dancers as they worked to constuct a new show.
i wanted to do photos like that. so i contacted Krista and Erin of FPD and asked if it would be possible if i photographed them rehearsing for the performance.
they said sure and after facebooking back and forth for a bit, we finally settled on a day.
so, last sunday, my friend Daniel Guaqueta (who’s also the drummer for Storage 24) invited me out to shoot some behind the scenes photos as the band prepared to shoot their first music video for their single “No Surrender”
i said sure. i love behind the scenes stuff. i’m that guy who’ll buy a DVD, not for the movie, but to listen to the “director’s commentary”. i love it.
so, the shoot was scheduled to start at 9:30am till 9:00pm.
i shot over 400+ photos.
after my initial edit, i cut that down to 263. far too many to post.
so i went back for the brutal final edit and cut that down to 153 photos.
still too many to post in on entry but if i cut anymore then the “story flow” just wouldn’t be the same.
so, here’s post one of two. even with 75 photos, it’s still a mega post so let’s get started.
this is where the majority of the magic happened.