A Wind That Shakes My Intuition: Peur 2018

Why hello there, good people of the Internet! 
You know, it's been a while since I've done one of these things. You would usually see my live outgoings of the rock show ... and the occasional food picture. I want it all, at times! ;) Anyway, let's begin with the reason this blog post is live in the first place. 

It was a couple of days after my 32nd birthday that I received a message for a photo opportunity with a little known loud rock band [it's been a long while since I had a band shoot]. I instantly jumped at the moment that the message popped up, whilst being half awake! Yeah, that tends to happen and I end up going, "shoot, panic!" So, I set out to find a local studio that had the looks I had in mind when listening to their refreshing sounds. Then, Five Four Studios sealed the deal for me to place the ace trio Joe Lomax [vocals and guitars], Ryan Greenhalgh [bass & backing vocals] and Sam Tempest [percussion] into two scenarios. 

The settings was a single Elinchrom Quadra A light with the 100cm Octabox for a clean, flattering look. Now, the light was used continuously as my EL Skyport Classic Transmitter somehow broke from the hotshoe of my Nikon D750. But, this ended creating photos of a naturally warm atmosphere in one room and a harshly contrast look in the corridor. A win win!

So, without further ado, may I present to you, ladies and gentlemen, Peur

 

A week after the photoshoot [it didn't seem like it], I headed down to The Alma Inn for their co-headlining tour with Blanket. As soon as I walked through the doors from the blistering cold, the venue does take me back to my early days starting out in music photography. With that in mind, I can certainly remember how tricky the lighting can be in a local pub. In this case, it was no different. The only sources of light were the two spotlights on either side of the stage, and from the projector. Although challenging, I managed to grab a few of their moments. 

 

The two assignments with Peur made all the overthinking worth it from start to finish. This pushed me to my limits to ensure they're just as professional as some of the big guns, despite of changing conditions. Thank you to Peur for being such great lads in front of the camera, my close friend Seddy of Nine Eleven Management for setting me up, the staff of Five Four Studios and my beau, Phill for being my light caddy. You all rule and I hope to work with you in the near future.

Whenever you get the chance, check the lads :) here's a link to their latest offering and other great material - An Exercise In Abstinence and take a look at all good social media sites Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube and streaming sites. Also, they'll be a headline show alongside Scots Bloodlines at Night People MCR which I hope to catch.

Well, that's it! I hope you like the results from the ace trio. All feedback is welcome as always. Thank you for looking, supporting my photography for nearly ten years \m/

Oh yes, I almost forgot. No photoshoot would be complete without a couple of outtakes from the evening. I can promise, they're professionals ;) Once again, thank you. It means the world. Rock on!

The Gathering: Bloodstock Festival 2017 Highlights

A week today, metalheads old and new would have made their first steps onto holy ground. And what can I say? I genuinely have no words to describe how awe-inspiring it was! It is the first time in a while that I am quite stuck on what to say about the brilliant Bloodstock Festival although there were a couple of instances with the rain, the weather was spot on. Everything was spot on. Simply put, horns up!🤘🏽

This was my third time as official photographer for the festival and I am still very honoured to be asked again to provide photos of the yearly metal mass. Thank you to Vicky and all of the Bloodstock family for once again giving me the opportunity to document the weekend. To the official comrades Katja Ogrin, Mark Lloyd, Steve Dempsey and Mark Leary you were fabulous and I can't wait to work with you all over again! Also, shoutout to the Cosa Nostra team, the many photographers and reviewers, the ShowSec team, the bands and the people for being truly wonderful amongst the chaos. It would not be possible without you. 

Now that the mighty Gojira and Nightwish are already announced for 2018, I have no doubt the roster will be colossal. I cannot wait to see what's in store. Thank you and I hope this little gallery brings the festival to life visually. 

See you next year! Rock on!