Sometimes when I walk to my car before a shoot and open up the boot, I look at this mountain of equipment and think to myself “Why the hell did I ever pick up a camera?” Who in their right mind would pursue something so unpredictable and undervalued and continue to do it after they’ve been beaten down repeatedly. Then I get in the car, fire up some music that I love and I’m on my way. My mood changes. I start to get excited about what lies ahead. My mind starts over throttling with ideas. I turn the music up. Usually it’s Eric Church. I start wailing along to it, pretending I’m on some deserted highway in New Mexico, when in reality I’m actually 100 cars deep in early morning rush hour on the dreaded M6. I don’t give a shit. Maybe earlier. But now, I’m in the zone.
From Madrid to multiple-Nashville, from chasing a tour bus all over the United Kingdom to picking up the official photographer role at the UK's biggest country music festival C2C. From working directly with artists and their management to expanding the scope of my business in working directly with the UK country music scene. From receiving the highest accolades from the people I admire and respect most to visualising my commercial portrait work in merchandise. 2015 was a year of growth... But it was not all smooth sailing.
My first experience on the road with two exciting artists has ended and it was an absolute treat to become part of the family and document the tour through my vision.
After a relentless three days running amok at London's O2 Arena as official photographer for C2C2015, I was interviewed by Gig Photographer.com, talking about the challenges and rewards of shooting of being the official shooter of such a big weekend.
When I think of the past year, I think of a lot of things both personally and professionally and it's been a rollercoaster ride on a lot of counts for various reasons, but one constant that's always there - and always on the up - is the fire in my belly for picking up that camera (or two) and aiming it at a huge variety of talent - from established acts filling arenas and stadiums to up-and-coming musicians who give it their all in smaller, more intimate venues.
Upon returning from my recent trip to Nashville to cover the 48th Annual CMA Awards for the BBC, I was interviewed by Gig Photographer.com, talking about the challenges and rewards of shooting country music's biggest night of the year.
I was reading an article in a photography group the other night which started off with "I wish some photographers would spend more time on the quality of their photography than they do in designing their watermark". This led me to have a think about how I present my content to the world, and from there, the brain ticked and I started digging deep into the 'why'.
A really exciting day yesterday, shooting the ever-so-talented country music artist Hannah Jane Lewis in the Hampshire countryside as part of a campaign for her upcoming CD release.
Extremely excited at getting my first cover feature for an international magazine. My shot of Rascal Flatts at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in July 2013 was chosen as the cover for the May/June edition of Maverick Magazine.
Really humbled and grateful to have been approached by Gig Photographer.com for an in-depth interview and look into my psyche haha…
Summer is around the corner and another dose of Music City in its glory awaits. The CMA have just recently announced the line up for the nightly LP Field concerts with some big names again, but I’m also waiting to hear what talent will be scattered around the Riverfront Stages and downtown.
Five days. Five hours sleep. Five hundred miles. That’s the story of an adrenalin-charged project covering the CMA Songwriters Series, The Country 2 Country Festival, the CMA International Marketing Summit and the exclusive taping of Brad Paisley and his songwriter friends at BBC House.
2013 – what a ride! Honestly, I look back on last year and sometimes pinch myself at the fact that my first professional live shoot was buried in a small intimate venue called Bush Hall on 25th February – less than a year ago. That night, if you’d ask me whether I’d be shooting acts like Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Soundgarden, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift, I’d most probably have laughed.
After the exhilarating and exhausting day of shooting the CMAs, I caught up with Rob Fielder of 2country.net to talk about what it was like to work the red carpet and the awards ceremony.
Well that completes the set now. Forget dozens of lenses and gadgets. The ultimate combination for live, street and weddings can be combined into five items only. I’ve only had a brief play with the Versace of cameras (see Jake Bugg & Pete Townshend/Roger Daltrey) but really looking forward to pushing it to the limit at the CMA Awards next month.
It’s no secret that I’m extremely excited to be making my second trip to Music City in the space of six months to photograph the 47th Annual CMA Awards at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 6th November.
Maverick Magazine, the UK’s leading circulation of country music news, approached me a couple of months back with interest in my shots of LeAnn Rimes from this year’s Country 2 Country Festival at O2 Arena. They were running a feature on LeAnn in a forthcoming edition and a selection of my shots were taken into consideration for the cover.
When contemplating a review of any kind, objectivity usually doesn’t feature in the formula – and this couldn’t be any truer when it comes to reviewing the 2013 CMA Music Fest in Nashville, TN. This review will be full of emotion, bias and sensationalism, but the hell, why not? We’re talking about one of the most unified music festivals in the world in a city that is rich in musical heritage. Allow me to indulge!
What a ride! I have just returned from Music City after a whirlwind tour of 5 days, shooting over 40 artists throughout the city and the Tennessee Titans stadium – LP Field.
I’ve run riot at the O2 Arena for three days on the trot, shooting Ne-Yo and Tulisa on the Friday night followed by the inaugural Country 2 Country (C2C) music festival with both Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw headlining.
I photographed a landmark event at Wembley Arena – the return of The International Country Music Festivals, featuring a menagerie of local and international country acts at Wembley Arena – amazing performances by big names such as Lonestar and Reba McEntire, along with some incredible upcoming talent – Will Banister, John McNicholl and the gorgeous Ali Isabella from New York to name but a few.
I was proud to be a part of the 30th Anniversary event which saw Big Country return to the famous RAK Studios in London to perform two exclusive sessions of their award winning The Crossing album followed by a promotional photo shoot.
Last night, I was fortunate enough to be part of the 200-strong crowd at The Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush to witness and photograph a great interview and intimate acoustic set with the legendary Pete Townshend to celebrate the release of The Who Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut.
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