Hot Mess came to me via musician Tim Paul Weiner, who came to me by way of Elise McDonald. Elise used to run Studio 99, a local music venue that I miss terribly and I cherish all the friendships I made when it was open - both professionally as well as personally. Tim and I met and talked about creating some images to be used for a new website and other promotional needs for his music. During our conversation he told me he was part of a larger band that was going to be re-doing their website and branding and he'd share my work with them.
Jason Silverman is the man in charge of Hot Mess. He looks a little like actor Tom Hardy. I'm a big Mad Max fan, so any chance to photograph someone that looks like Tom Hardy is kinda cool to me. Hot Mess is a cover band out of Boston and were recently voted 2016 Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award.
Jason was looking for something they could use as a splash page image on their soon-to-be-new website. Something simple with everyone in a row. I love keeping things simple, and we set up a time here at the studio.
I had never photographed a group of seven before (though recently worked with Fever Pitch made up of 7 smaller people). Up until now, I think the most I've ever photographed in my studio was the Mwano brothers or the Brooks Young Band. I knew that fitting 7 people on a nine-foot roll of seamless paper wasn't going to cut it, so the day before the session I went into the empty studio space next door to me and I took a roll of seamless and I ran it along one of the walls in there. It let me go past the 9 foot restriction I would have faced here in the studio so that I could get everyone lined up along side each other. I forget what the exact dimensions were, but it was pretty long. So I gaff tapped the paper to the wall and we were good to go.
I wanted to keep the lighting simple, so I set up three lights. I lined them up so that I created a single bank of light all flashing straight ahead towards where the subjects would be located.