Passenger Acoustic Magazine Shoot
It was the hottest day of the year, and I was sitting in a black cab in London sweating like nobody’s business. Normally I don’t “do” cabs in London. I am very much a public transport kind of guy and take the tube and walk nearly everywhere that I go. But, for this shoot I had underestimated the distance between Edgeware Road station and Lords Cricket Ground. I was meeting Passenger at his PR’s office which was just down the road from Lords to do a cover shoot for Acoustic Magazine and there simply wasn’t any tube stops that were very close! Due to the heat, I didn’t want to walk 20+ minutes dragging my camera case behind me, but in hindsight that might have been the better option. Instead, I was sitting in a cab in 33 degree heat stuck in traffic…. no air moving, just me getting sweaty. Not a great first impression to make with Passenger!!
When I did arrive, I headed upstairs to introduce myself and start getting everything ready. The plan had always been for me to arrive about 45 minutes early as this would give me time to scout the area and find interesting locations for our shoot. After a quick introduction, and dropping my equipment off, I started walking around looking for cool locations to shoot in. The main problem that I had was the time of day and that there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky! There wasn’t much that wasn’t bathed in bright, hot sun! There was a great little park full of trees, but a very big and public sign stating that there was no photography allowed in the park without written permission…that was that area ruled out then!
After a few minutes trying to smash a square peg into a round hole, I realised that the best location was sitting right outside the PR offices! It was in the shade and it would give us something a little interesting as a background. The plan was to do a few shots in the offices using a wall for a plain background for the cover shots and then the get some environmental portraits outside somewhere, and this little area right out front was perfect.
I headed back upstairs and arrived just as Passenger was finishing up the interview. Perfect! This would give me a few minutes to setup while he went and stretched from his interview. I was pleasantly surprised to see the room that Passenger had been doing his interview in was awesome. It was perfect not only for the cover images, but also for a few indoor environmental portraits. I explained what I was thinking to everyone and got setup. After chatting for a bit, we created awesomeness inside and then went outside to create more awesomeness. Much awesomeness was created!! 😀
Below are the tear sheets from the magazine and then a few of my favourites from the shoot.
Tear sheets from my cover shoot for Acoustic Magazine with Passenger.
As you can see from the tear sheets, the cover looks awesome. It was one of a few different shots we did against a plain white wall in his PR companies offices. We ran through a variety of different poses and expressions, and at the time of shooting, this image was the one that I loved so I was really pleased it was the image Acoustic Magazine chose for the cover.
A lot of the rest of the images were shot just outside the PR offices. There was a lovely little flower garden with a giant palm tree and it all fit Passenger’s music perfectly, and the images turned out great as well. Below are some of my personal favourite images from the shoot.
As you can see above, we got a lot of awesome images in the interview room for the shoot. When we did the cover images, we just moved the sofa out of the way and removed the pictures from the wall. For the environmental images, these things really added to the shoot and worked amazingly!
As always, I try to get a selfie at the end of every shoot that I do. Passenger was absolutely amazing to work with. He was so relaxed and open to literally any idea I had. It was too bright out to try out one of the ideas I had, but he worked with me trying to experiment with it, which ultimately failed because it was just way to bright. Anyways, the selfie!
This shoot I used my Fuji X-T2 and just one Elinchrom Quadra Ranger, always shot through a large octobox. That was it! Simple simple shoot!