LIVE: Ash

Ash played to a sold out crowd at Brighton’s Concorde2 on Sunday night to support their new album ‘Kablammo’. I’ve always loved this band. Had their posters on my walls when I was teenager and saw them live a bunch of times in London. I also once conducted a terrible phone interview with bassist Mark Hamilton where I repeatedly failed to understand his Northern Irish accent, he had a cold, and the whole thing was a bit awkward. But, it was great to finally photograph these guys, especially as they played ‘Jack Names The Planets’ 🙂

LIVE: The Cadillac Three

Monday night was The Cadillac Three’s much-anticipated sold out show at London’s Islington Academy. I was really looking forward to shooting these guys, and they did not disappoint. Awesome songs and a wild, energetic performance, the crowd lapped it up.

In support of their Peace Love + Dixie EP released in March this year, the Tennessee trio will be back in the UK early next year for a 9-date tour. CHECK THEM OUT!

LIVE: Will Young

On Monday, I was photographing Will Young at the Brighton Centre! I always love working at this venue – great lighting, huge stage and helpful security staff. This time I seemed to be the only photographer, and the whole show was seated so I could run all over the place. Will Young put on a great performance, showcasing his new album 85% Proof. He’s touring the UK for the whole of November, so check out a show!

Check out The Guardian review of the gig which a few of my photos accompany.

LIVE: The Ordinary Boys

I was back at The Haunt in Brighton this week to photograph The Ordinary Boys. It was their homecoming show after a ten year break. They’re continuing the tour throughout November and playing pretty much every night across the UK so check ’em out!

LIVE: Bryan Ferry

Last Thursday I was working alongside singer-songwriter Judith Owen on the final date of her tour with Bryan Ferry at Brighton Dome. More on that later, but since I was shooting the show, I stuck around for the headline set and Bryan Ferry and his band were awesome.

The Dome is a always great venue to shoot at (apart from the time I had to photograph Ryan Adams from the sound desk..that was pretty rubbish), and the lighting was perfect. Hearing ‘If There Is Something’ played live was the highlight of the show for me…love that song!

PROMO: Ephemerals

Back at the start of the month, I worked with Jalapeno Records on this set of promo photographs of Ephemerals. Very cool band! We were on a strict schedule since the 7-piece had come together from Paris, Bristol and further afield for several engagements prior to their performance at Bestival. Here are some of my favourites from the session.

PROMO: Thoughts

I’ve been working with independent music college BIMM Institute recently. Back in April, I did a few days of workshops with musicians, discussing music photography and running through some sample shoots. Then throughout May and June, I worked with original bands from BIMM putting together promo shoots for each artist.

One of the first bands I worked with was Thoughts. These guys were awesome to work with – when a thunderstorm struck in the middle of our shoot, we just kept going, despite getting absolutely soaked! Here’s a few favourites from the session…

LIVE: Kaiser Chiefs

Last week, I was at the Brighton Centre to photograph Kaiser Chiefs for XYZ Magazine! I actually hadn’t seen Kaiser Chiefs live before, but these guys put on a – predictably – great show. Vocalist Ricky Wilson jumped down from the stage to get involved with the front row early on in the set, which sent the crowd crazy! The Brighton Centre is always a great venue to shoot at, with a huge pit and decent lighting (apart from the SOLID RED for several minutes…Nightmare!) Anyway, check out some of my shots below!

Gear:
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lenses: 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8

PORTRAIT: Matt Colborne

I was excited to kick off the new year with a fun portrait session on a perfectly sunny Winter afternoon. Our subject, Matt, needed some new portraits to kick start his portfolio, so we headed to a cool little area behind the Old Steine. I’ve done a few band shoots at the same location, but I hadn’t ever done an individual portrait session there, so there were a few different areas to explore.

We started off using natural light, then as the sun started to lower I grabbed a speedlight to illuminate Matt whilst capturing the sun setting in the background. It was a busy Sunday afternoon so we had to work around pedestrians and vehicles, but I think we managed to avoid getting in anyone’s way!

LIVE: Çigdem Aslan

Here are a few photos from Çigdem Aslan‘s live show at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre. I was photographing for world music blog Rhythm Passport and was lucky enough to have 10 minutes with Çigdem before the show started to do a quick portrait session to go alongside an interview piece.

It was one of the first shows of the tour and although Çigdem seemed a little nervous about our shoot, she looked glamorous in her floor length gown (“I found it at a charity shop!”) and didn’t mind me asking her to clamber over the venue’s tiered seating to get the shot. We were soon giggling as we tried out different poses, but I love this main shot with Çigdem’s red shoes peeping out under the hem of her dress.