I have spent the last few months working on a website for a local songwriter named Brenda Belcher. No holds barr on this project… we’ve done outdoor photo shoots, studio photo shoots while she records her 2nd album, and soon I hope to start shooting her at gigs so we can start putting up live shots in the website photo gallery. Looks like I found myself a good little niche to get into… a web designer that enjoys music photography 🙂
We’ve done 3 photoshoots so far… the first day we went out in University District and took 700 photos! Good god… that was a lot to post process. Brenda was such a GREAT model for me…. not only was she patient while I tried to figure out the best settings for the camera, but she was creative and had a lot of fun ideas 🙂 I wince when I look back at the photos and see how long she had to smile for..lol.
The 2nd two shoots were done in the recording studio. Obviously I couldn’t shoot while they were recording (camera shutters are LOUD), so we would “stage” it. Basically I just hung back in the corner with my wine and would pop out whenever they were setting up different instrument and mic formations and have them play a bit for me while I fired off some shots.
Once upon a time I actually wanted to be a sound engineer, so I was in awe watching the whole process. Its INCREDIBLE how LONG it takes to record an album. I think during the 4 hours I was there, they recorded the lead vocals, several tracks of backup vocals, and guitar….for only a chorus! At that rate, it must take them a year to finish 12 songs.
Finally, the 3rd time was so I could get shots of her band mates recording…. they didn’t take nearly as long or had as many overdubs… getting to watch the drummer was badass tho. Kev kept posing for the camera and exaggerating his expressions, yea…looks real natural buddy! I think out of the 30 I took of him, only 2 were anything I could use.
Currently I’m working on the website, and will be posting about that soon.