LIVE! Jessie J at The Brighton Centre

Last week, I was looking forward to shooting Jessie J’s second night (07th November 2013) at The Brighton Centre for XYZ magazine. Normally, when shooting for a publication you’re only allowed to photograph the first three songs so that you’re not annoying the audience for the whole show. That afternoon, however, I got a phone call from Jessie J’s management. They wanted to commission me to shoot the whole show! I was given an AAA pass and the run of the entire venue.

The show’s production was awesome: waterfall pyrotechnics and lasers and canon streamers. Jessie J put on a great performance; I thought I’d only recognise a couple of songs, but found myself singing along to most of them. I’m used to shooting much smaller shows, so this was a great opportunity to work at a bigger venue with a great client. Jessie moves around a LOT on stage, so it was a fun challenge to focus at 2.8 at 200mm, but overall I’m pleased with the final photographs. The show was split into five parts and she had a different outfit for each part, which made it really hard to narrow down my favourite photos!

Support came from Lawson and Olivia Somerlyn. You can see some of the photographs I took of them HERE.

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

LIVE: Lawson + Olivia Somerlyn

On Thursday I was photographing Jessie J at The Brighton Centre. She was absolutely awesome! Opening up the show with a really vibrant and upbeat set was Olivia Somerlyn. Main support came from pop-rock Brit boys Lawson. I’m going to blog the Jessie J photos separately because there’s quite a few, so here are the photos from both supporting artists!

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

PROMO: The Mixtape

Recently I was shooting Brighton-based function band The Mixtape for DK Management. We planned to shoot at Zu Studios in Lewes, which is where I’d done a recent portrait session with a costume designer. Zu Studios is a really cool place; a kinda creative collective of acrobats, artists and beyond. It was pretty cold and almost completely dark by the time we started our shoot, so we had to work quite quickly. But these guys were really fun to photograph and we aimed for something approachable and light-hearted. Check out some of the shots below!

 

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

MODEL PORTRAIT: Sam Chason

I did this shoot a few weeks ago but have only just got round to editing and blogging after a busy few weeks.

 

I first worked with Sam in September 2011 on one of the first shoots I ever put together. It was pretty ambitious (involving three models, two make up artists, and one hair stylist, as well as sourcing dresses from a designer and booking a location) since I was still very much a novice with hardly any experience, but it turned out OK… You can see my blog post from that shoot HERE. At the time, I think I was probably quite proud of those photos, but now I mostly see the (many, huge!) flaws in them. But I guess it’s sometimes good to punch above your weight; I learn far better through personal experience than by reading something or listening to somebody else.

 

For this shoot, Sam needed some updated portfolio images, so we headed out to the woods near his house in Hassocks. I wanted to practise balancing flash with ambient light for some of the sets, and then we improvised as we wandered through the woods and saw locations that we liked. Sam is always great to work with and I think he’s a fantastic model, so this ended up being a pretty easy-going, fun afternoon. You can check out his ModelMayhem profile HERE.

 

If you need some new portrait photographs of yourself, get in touch!

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

PORTRAIT – Graeme Clarke from Wet Wet Wet

I was stoked to interview and photograph Graeme Clarke from Wet Wet Wet at a bar in Brighton! My parents played their music all the time when I was a kid, so it was awesome to meet one of the guys who wrote and performed the soundtrack to my childhood..! Graeme’s releasing a solo album and touring to support it. Check out his website HERE for more info.

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK

PROMO: Cage The Gods

Back at the end of last month, I did a new promo shoot with Cage The Gods. These guys are currently on tour with Northern Irish rockers The Answer and Aussie three-piece Tracer, and they needed new promo images after a change in drummers. I’ve been covering part of the tour, so we’ll be putting together a collection of On Tour photographs, but for now check out the final three promo shots. The main image is a composite – each of the guys was shot separately and then merged together in Photoshop. Then we headed outside to get some less posed shots. The band’s debut EP ‘Favourite Sin’ is available at gigs only at the moment. The full album will be released next year..!

 

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PROMO: Kings Of The Dancefloor

I shot this band over a year ago, but they’ve since gone through some line up changes. They’d come down from Manchester, and after spending the day recording some tracks in the studio, we had little over an hour to do this shoot….before they raced off to a music video shoot! The champagne shot was really fun to try again (we did the same in their original images last year and it was requested again!), although my strip boxes got soaked and needed a decent clean afterwards!

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait and music photography in London and Brighton, UK

PROMO: The MP3s

Here’s a few images from a recent shoot I did with Brighton-based three-piece The MP3s. I did their previous promo images last year, but they’ve since had some line up changes.

 

Frontman Dan chose a location with loads of graffiti and bright colours, and had a few ideas he wanted to try out. I set up my gear, and the guys worked out their clothes and left their bags to one side. All was going well until a homeless guy surreptitiously crouched down next to where the guys left their bags. Suspicious, Ben went over to pick up his jacket, where the homeless guy had miraculously “found” his wallet..! Fortunately, he disappeared soon after being caught and we were able to get the shots we wanted..!

 

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PROMO: The Indie Killers

Here’s some of the final photos from a shoot I did with Brighton function band The Indie Killers! We shot these at Bohemia in Brighton, a location I’ve shot at a lot this year. There’s loads of interesting decor in the different areas of the bar, and the staff are always really helpful and nice.

Check out the band HERE!

 

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PORTRAIT: Graeme Clark

Earlier in July 2013 I met up with Graeme Clark from Wet Wet Wet to do a feature interview for RedHotVelvet. You can find the full piece HERE We ended up chatting for over two hours and then did a really quick couple of photos in the bar where we met, which I’ve posted below.

 

Wet Wet Wet are doing a greatest hits tour in December this year, so hopefully I’ll get to shoot one of those gigs too!

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Rachael-Emily.com. Portrait photography in London and Brighton, UK