Long before I even though about taking my camera into the photos pits of live music events, I used to photograph portraits in the studio and out on location. Actually, I couldn’t have imagined that one day I’d just not be doing that anymore but hey, that’s life huh?
In all honesty, I thoroughly enjoy spending time in the studio fiddling with all of the lighting and the wardrobe and the makeup. It’s the process of controlling all of the elements in order to really dial in the finer details of a killer portrait that got me hooked.
When you’re shooting photos at a concert, the only thing you really have any control of is the camera you’re holding and which lens is attached. Everything else is up to the mercy of the promoters, tour managers, lighting people and of course the band members themselves.
Taking portraits is a much calmer and slower process which means you can spend the time fussing about with all of the things you need in order to get the shot that’s in your mind.
Sometimes, I think that it might be a good idea to get back into it and then sometimes I’m glad that I haven’t.
Anyway, here’s a small selection of some portrait work I’ve done over the years. As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve also made sure to include some more photos of the vertical variety too.