Kelvin Jones for Acoustic Magazine
I am going to start this blog post with a recommendation. If you haven’t heard of Kelvin Jones, you absolutely NEED to check him out and have a listen. It’s upbeat, catchy, poppy acoustic with some nice blues influences. I hadn’t heard of him before this shoot (bad George!), but I have now and absolutely love his music. As with a couple of other artists I have photographed (The Struts for example) he’s a UK artist who is probably more known in the States than he is here…we need to rectify that! So, with that out of the way, let’s talk about the shoot!
I was asked by Acoustic Magazine to head to a pub in London to take some photos of Stevenage based acoustic musician Kelvin Jones. The pub we were heading to looked amazing and looked as though it was going to give us a great backdrop for the shoot itself. Unfortunately, even though we had scheduled the shoot and interview right when the pub was opening, there were already dozens of tables booked and we were fairly limited to where we could do the portraits. Not a big deal at all as everywhere in this pub looked amazing. But, one of the windows had guitars, drums, and other musical instruments in it and I was looking forward to shooting there. But alas, we couldn’t use that area.
Once I set everything up, I knew we didn’t have a lot of time for the portraits. So we picked a table and rolled with it. Kelvin was amazing to photograph and gave me some awesome portraits. After that it was time for the interview and then we headed out to a park to try and get some outdoors shots. Thankfully by this time it had stopped raining! It had been raining all morning and I was hoping it was going to break for us to be able to do some shots outside. Now I just had to convince Kelvin to sit down in wet grass… which he was happy to do for me. 😀 Since it had rained earlier in the day, it was still cloudy when we arrived at the park, which is perfect for me. I hate when the sun is shining when I am photographing outdoors. Thankfully, we had a great sky and a reasonably empty park to do the shoot in.
Below are the tear sheets from Acoustic Magazine Issue 124 and then a selection of my favourite shots from the shoot.
The Tear Sheets:
Here are the tear sheets as they appeared in Acoustic Magazine
My Favourite Images:
And here are some of my favourite images from the shoot. It was only a 4 page feature in Acoustic Magazine, so they didn’t have room to run a lot of photos, but I don’t want these to never be seen! 😀
As you can see from the photos above, the pub had a really awesome “feel” to it and it really lent itself well to the photoshoot. The park was also amazing and reasonably empty (though I did have to clone out what looked like Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Lion from the photo above…seriously).
As always, I try to take a selfie with everyone I do a shoot with and Kelvin was more than happy to take one with me.
For this shoot I used my Fuji X-T2 and both the 16-55 2.8 and the 50-140 2.8. I used one light in both locations… an Elinchrom Quadra Ranger shot through a large octobox… and that was it! Easy!