Band PR and Publicity Portraiture
One of the areas that my photography has always been focused is PR and publicity portraiture for bands and musicians. It’s what I started my photography with, and it’s something I still do to this day. Even after I have shot larger bands and musicians such as Twenty One Pilots and Don Broco, I will always love photographing smaller, unsigned bands and musicians that are working hard and building to become one of those “bigger” bands. Hello Bear are one of those bands, and if the amount of work that they put in is any indicator, it won’t be too long before we start hearing a lot more about them.
I have worked with Hello Bear in the past…actually quite a few times! They are always a blast to work with, and this was going to be no different. In fact the only difference was that they are no longer a trio, they are now a quartet! One of the things that I have always love about shooting Hello Bear is that we are always shooting on location. Shooting on location is one of the things I am known for. I have a full set of studio lights that are completely portable and that I bring with me everywhere I shoot. This is evident in a lot of my shoots, but you can really see my lighting and shooting abilities on location with some of my recent shoots with The Manic Shine and Narrow Plains. For all shoots I have three Elinchrom Quadras and batteries that are all contained in my massive Peli case that I wheel around the UK for various shoots (review on the Quadra’s is coming soon I promise), as well as various modifiers allow me complete control over the lighting for the shoot…and the lighting is what ultimately sets the “mood” for the images.
This shoot with Hello Bear was no different. We were shooting on location (a small club called Gonzo’s in Norwich) and I brought along my massive Peli case. For this shoot we wanted something a little brighter than what I have been shooting recently and we were working in a slightly smaller area than most. Because of this, I opted to do the shoot with just one light, through one very large octobox. This gave me one large, soft light source which was going to set the mood for the shoot. From there it’s a matter of taking time to compose the shots in a manner that not only is pleasing to look at, but will also give the band options when it comes times to use the images for advertising or magazine features. Then it’s time to let the band shine and let their personalities shine through. Having worked with Hello Bear many times before, this is extremely easy for me now, but one of the most fun moments of the day was when I asked them to give me one facial expression that summed up Hello Bear’s music…and the result was amazing (see the last photo). 😀
Enjoy the photos from this fun shoot! Be sure to have a browse around the rest of the site and send me an email with any questions or if you would like to book a shoot for your band. Please share around and leave comments below. 😀