The last few months have truly been a whirlwind! We moved from Santa Barbara back to San Diego (mooching free rent off of some good friends), moved into a new apartment, traveled to Kansas City for two weeks, and completed an internship with an amazing advertising photographer, Tim Tadder. Unfortunately, in the midst of all of that, I've hardly had time to shoot, and I miss it like crazy! Gladly, things are starting to settle down and I will be picking up may camera again soon. Okay, It hasn't been THAT bad... I have managed to stay somewhat productive and I've shot a few things here and there. In fact, I recently was able to shoot for San Diego rock band, The Howls. They just finished a new record and needed some photos for the album artwork. First off, let me say that the record is fantastic! I'm not sure on the release date, but watch those shelves and grab it as soon as you see it... you will be so glad that you did. The job came through my friendship with lead singer, John Cooper and their management duo, Josh Thompson and Jon Uher. They wanted something that had a similar feel to the cover art designed by one of the band members. Other than that, creative freedom was left largely up to me with some direction from Josh (also a photographer). We decided to go with a concept that brought together the look of old black and white film with the vibe of "dirty rock 'n roll". High contrast, some texture and grain, shallow depth of field, and even misplaced focus. The only day that everyone, including me, was able to do the shoot, it ended up raining. I was a bit disappointed since many of my ideas were contingent on the fact that on any given day, the chances of rain in San Diego county are slim to nil. However, we were forced to work with what we had and I couldn't be happier with the results. The texture of the rain, the reflections in the puddles, the overcast sky, and the required wardrobe (hats, hoods, gloves, coats, and umbrellas), all combined to create a completely new aesthetic. It didn't take long before our synapses began to fire afresh and new ideas began to erupt. Josh sheltered me (more importantly, my digital camera) from the rain with an umbrella as I directed the band in and out of the rain. It was a quick shoot. We moved fast and were not constrained by preconceived ideas of what we wanted. Shooting off of the cuff like that doesn't always work and it presents its own challenges to be sure, but there's something about the freedom that it brings that always seems to make it a rejuvenating experience. All this to say, this is not how I normally shoot, both in terms of the end result as well as the method performed to attain it, but I'm so glad that things went down the way that they did!
A special thanks to Josh, Jon, and John and the guys from The Howls for willingly getting soaked in the cold rain!
Here are a few more shots..