Headshot Session: Ava Scott
Ava’s a Derby-based actress and part of the 1623 Theatre Company. This was a dream of a headshot session - she had planned the looks she wanted, even made clothing, hair and make-up notes. She was great to direct too. The hardest part of this was editing the full set down.
This session was carried out at The Photo Parlour - Dan Wheeler’s ace new traditional photo studio and darkroom in Derby. I feel slightly guilty about shooting these with a digital SLR. Sorry Dan.
Haiku Salut, album launch show at Déda
Here’s Haiku Salut lighting up the Holy Smokes night at Déda in Derby last night with sparkly music from their debut album Tricolore and cleverly controlled household lamps (lamp syncing courtesy of the man in the background - Robin Newman).
For more info about the range of events at Déda, go here: www.deda.uk.com
Go find out more about Haiku Salut here: haikusalut.com
Darren Daly - actor and theatre director
Darren can do suave and approachable, but he can also do ‘total badass’. While doing his new headshots the other day I couldn’t resist taking a little detour and doing a shot with some edgier light. He totally has the cheekbones and stare for it. I don’t think this is one for his actors’ CV, but when he lands a role in Con Air 2…
Headshot Session: Actor/Presenter Ed Nudd
My three-hour actors’ headshots session is all based around working with the actor to capture a subtle range of different looks to help them pitch for varied roles. Ed is probably as varied as they come though - his CV includes everything from presenting corporate and commercial videos to playing the lead in a new zombie film. These are three of his eight final shot selections from the shoot we carried out at his house. Ed was truly great to work with.
YOU SLUT!: insane promo shoot for forthcoming album ‘Medium Bastard’, November 2011.
My. Favourite. Shoot. Ever. It was cold, it was muddy, it was smelly, but it involved four unhinged men doing some cross-country running, wading through a horrible, unhealthy ‘stream’ (more ‘stinking cesspit’ than stream actually) then relaxing with some wine, milk, and I think a cooked chicken was involved somewhere. As the album approaches (it’s out on April 16, 2012 through Stressed Sumo Records) the whole sequence of photos is starting to emerge on the band’s Facebook. The shot above is my favourite though (click it for larger version), and the one below runs it a close second, mainly for the demented/genuinely anguished faces.
Shoot assistant: Carla Mundy
Want to hear a suitably bonkers (but quite brilliant) track from the new You Slut! album? Click here.
CRUSHING BLOWS: promo shoot in Nottingham, September 2011
I moved back to the Midlands from Brighton just over a year ago, and set about re-acquainting myself with the local music scene. But for some reason it took me a while to discover Crushing Blows. Odd, really, because as I’ve now realised, they’re just about the best up-and-coming band in the area - with genuine breakout potential. I don’t normally connect with two-piece bands (call me old fashioned but the bass was invented for a reason), but between them these two delivery company employees Andrew Foster (drums, keys, vocals) and Chris Jones (guitars, loops, vocals) create truly amazing sounds. Most crucially though, they use these sounds to create some very special SONGS - glistening, beautiful indie with a spine of pummelling, dark-hearted rock. I’ve done a couple of shoots with them now. The first one a few months ago involved a drunk declaring he would get the band a record deal. The recent one took place round the corner from Rock City in an old shed which smelt of pee, to the point where shoot assistant Lara had a funny turn. Um, sorry Lara! The glamour of rock ‘n’ roll photography. I also took some photos of the band playing live at Spanky Van Dyke’s after the recent shoot - some of those are in the gallery set too.
Shoot assistant: Lara Leon-Cullen