Cubicle Zombies and war paint and time machines. Since 2012 Weather Mcnabb and I have been trying to work together. In 2018 we finally got to create images for her 5 song EP “Cubicle Zombie”Read More
Band and Musicians
I’ve known Liz Simmons for close to a decade. When it was time to create images for her newest album release with her band Low Lily, she got in touch.
More after the cut.Read More
I've always surrounded myself with music - in my primary school days I was buying cassettes and records and would sit at home and just listen and digest all these forms of music; from rock to new-age to film soundtracks to rap - I would just absorb it like a sponge. And that has never changed and there isn't a time when I'm not listening to music. I recently brought a record player and all my records to my photography studio so I can spin while I'm working on client images, and I always have a playlist going when I'm photographing someone or something.
I'm not in any way a music critic, nor do I contain a music critics vernacular, but I thought I'd mention a few artists/albums I've been playing a lot lately and maybe find some new ears and make them a few new fans, because they are all awesome.Read More
I love record and album design. Part of what I hope to do as a photographer is make images and help musicians design album covers for their releases. I love the square format of album covers. And nobody has made better album covers than the jazz music label Blue Note Records. There was a period in the 1950's and 1960's where Blue Note was producing what I consider the greatest album design in history. I wanted to share a little bit about it and why I love it so much.Read More
I love album art. I love the square format and I love making album covers. It started when I was a kid in high school. I had a big audio cassette collection, and I'd make mix-tapes for my friends. Not one to be satisfied with simply making a mix tape, I'd make jacket artwork for the tapes as well. I'd clip things from magazines and comic books and I'd run down to the public library and I'd shell out a few dozen dimes on their photocopier and I'd layer and copy and layer and copy things, until I'd have a multi-fold tape jacket with song tiles and odd credits and I absolutely loved every moment of it.
When I started getting more active with Photoshop and computers, I started making fake cd/record covers.
When I work with bands and musicians, I'll spend a little extra time with some of the proof images and I'll make very small cd-cover examples; things I can show the client to give them an idea of what they can actually do with the images we've created together.
For me, when I get stressed out and need to relax, I'll sit down and open up some photographs and I'll mock-up some fake album covers. It brings me great pleasure to do this.
There is an example of a recent little "Moment of Zen" when I needed to tune out the world and just relax. I grabbed a video-still from when I worked with Michael Bellar a few years ago, and I made this. I love it.
Make sure you give yourself brief little "Moments of Zen", where you can just spend a little time doing something you absolutely love for no other reason than to make yourself happy.
This was Zitong's first time in front of a camera in a professional manner. He's a natural! So relaxed! He really liked some of the examples I had on my headshot page with a grey, neutral background. He specifically requested it.
The tones in this shot are gorgeous. I love his slightly reflective tie. And the texture in his shirt is fantastic.
And those cheekbones. Seriously. SRSLY.
I've been developing a relationship with the band HOT MESS over the months, and they were so happy with the work we've done so far that when a new member of the band came into the mix, Jason, the head of Hot Mess, contacted me asking if we could create some new head shots for Lacy, but he also needed one other thing: he wanted a photograph of Lacy in the style of the group shot we did months ago so that she could be inserted into the group photo we had taken months before.
Let's give it a shot.Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tim Paul Weiner.
Tim is a bass player, employee of Berklee College of Music, and member of HOT MESS. Remember them? We also have a mutual friend, Elise MacDonald, former owner of Studio 99, who introduced us. Tim liked working with me when we created some images for Hot Mess, so he booked a solo session with me. He needed images for a revamped website. I love working with musicians, and with Tim, it was so easy since we had already worked on the Hot Mess session together.Read More
While going through some cd's a while back, I stumbled across some of my old concert tickets, including the first two "real" shows I ever attended: Peter Gabriel at the Worcester Centrum in 1993, and Yanni a month later at Great Woods in MA.
Yeah. Yanni. It was a graduation present from my buddy Todd's parents. Don't judge me.
Also pictured: Toad the Wet Sprocket from 1994 in Strawberry Banke in Virginia (I lived a few years down south after graduating high school), and Tori Amos from 1996 at the Wang Center. The bottom ticket was for Toad for a special pre-release concert for "Coil" at the Avalon Ballroom in Boston. Working for Newbury Comics back then had it's privileges.
I love Toad. The two acts I've seen live more than any other are Tori Amos and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Dozens for both. If you include seeing Toad's frontman Glen Phillips solo, then Toad/Glen beats out Tori.
I used to have a ticket stub for the Spice Girls as well, but it was lost. Yeah. Spice Girls. I worked at Newbury Comics when Spice World was released and got some complimentary tickets. It was right after Ginger Spice left the band, which sucked, 'cuz Ginger was my favorite. It was a really weird concert.
I used to save concert and movie ticket stubs in a big container, but it got wrecked and most of them were lost during a move about a decade ago. Good memories though. Except Spice Girls. That was some weird shit.
What ticket stubs do YOU still have? Share!
I can't even explain to you how amazing it is that I made this photograph. This is Jonatha Brooke. She is one of my all time favorite musicians. She, along with musician Jennifer Kimball, formed the band THE STORY in the 1990's. I've been a fan of Jonatha's since then. A little while back, I got to make a portrait of her.
How? Simply because I asked.Read More