Category Archives: Rising Talent – Live Music Photography
At the end of last week Friendly Fires had a residency at the O2 Academy in Brixton – filling the venue three nights on the trot. Each night had a different set of supports and different show so I was really intrigued to see how it all came together. I had opted for the Friday as the support band, SBTRKT, put together one of my favourite albums of this year.
After the initial trouble with security insisting that I couldn’t shoot either support as “they’re only DJs – who’s going to want pictures of them?” – fortunately I managed to convince him otherwise and both Chad Valley and SBTRKT were brilliant.
Friendly Fires’ set was amazing. Considering the last show I’d shot them was at Heaven (zero lighting, high stage) this was on another planet. The lights were interesting, Ed (the singer) came out and danced right by us at the front of the stage, they brought on Brazilian dancers with all the feathers carnival style! Just amazing. I had such a big grin on my face when I left. Most of all though, I was really pleased to have captured Ed mid-dance and show some real energy and movement that’s often lost with the darker shots from their other shows.
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Photographing Rizzle Kicks was probably the most fun I’ve had photographing at a gig in a long time; they had SO much energy and had the crowd so hyped up the whole way through !
They certainly made my job easy and I’m really pleased with the photos.
Coda were the final band to play before Rizzle Kicks and they definitely got the crowd hyped; they were so good !
Happy with the photos too : )
Monday was a busy day. Not only did I shoot Lamb on the night time but midday I had a shoot with Kaiser Chiefs for They Shoot Music. We met up south of Copenhagen at the Amager Bio where they were to play that night. After a lot of oh’ing and ah’ing as to where to shoot the session we ended up doing it in the back of their tour lorry. After the session which they played current single “Kinda Girl You Are” and an old favourite of mine “Modern Way” we had a short space of time for a couple portraits. Along with a group shot managed to pull Ricky to a side for a solo shot with his “Worlds Best Mug”.
Monday night I was shooting an all time favourite of mine, Lamb. It was so nice to get to shoot a band I’ve followed for some time and hear some of their new album along with come classic hits. A stripped down live version of 3 members
on stage but you couldn’t hear it in the sound and I forgot how much energy they bring to their performance.
View the photos here
I thought this would be a great gig to photograph and partly I was right, the venue itself is incredible, and the light (although darker than it looks) was nice and even. The projection of Frank behind the band was also a great touch, particularly given how good the band were, as it synched perfectly.
However, due to the venue being seated, my shooting angles were pretty limited, and although I am happy with my photographs, I would have loved to get more central in order to get a nice close shot of Dweezil in front of his dad. Anyway, that’s life, hope you like the photos!
I recently had the chance to shoot a band who I’ve been listening to since I was a lot younger. They definitely didn’t disappoint! They were so much fun to shoot – pulling faces and looking like they were having a great time on stage!
I’ve just come from a shoot with the Kaiser Chiefs before they play Copenhagen tonight. View the photo here
30 Seconds To Mars are by far my favourite band (to the point of having their triad tattooed on my wrist). I didn’t go to this show as I photographer, I went to be in the crowd but got front row, had my camera and somehow ended up on stage for Kings and Queens! I managed to capture some unusual photos and some of my favourites that I have ever taken.