Rob Slocumb is perhaps best known for his guitar work with Martha’s Trouble, so when he asked me to do a quick and easy photo shoot for him this week I was thinking music, band, guitars, and all that (see Martha’s Trouble Live at Eighth and Rail in Opelika // Photos), but it was for his day job as a Real Estate agent. I have my typical stereotype of a “Real Estate Agent” in my mind and “cool” wasn’t really top on my list, until now. Rob needed some head shots done for some advertising and here are a few takes from that shoot. These probably aren’t the ones he wants to use for advertising but I couldn’t shoot straight head shots the whole time, we need a little edge.
With that said, if anyone has a chance to go see Martha’s Trouble perform live, they play in various venues around the southeast and are well worth the time. They have a great pop/rock sound with a little Canadian twist so be sure to check them out.
I am a little more accustomed to doing shots off the cuff or candid stuff from bands but I am more than happy to do some standard head shots when I get the chance. Tomorrow is going to be huge as far as photography goes for me and I hope to add a few more head shots of some new faces. Right after I finish this post I am off to Atlanta for Catalyst One Day and the Off the Blogs meetup. Can’t wait to pull out the camera again for the line up I shot back in October for Catalyst08. For a quick recap of that shoot, go here, here, and here. See you back here tomorrow from Atlanta.
Last Friday I had a chance to shoot for a band at Eighth and Rail in Opelika called Martha’s Trouble. What a great night of music it was last week. Over the last several months I have had a chance to shoot for several different bands. Each one is different but I have really enjoyed getting to know the different band members at each venue, and Rob and Jen are no different, it was great to get to hand with the band a little this weekend. Be sure to check out their website and the new CD’s coming out for Christmas. Below are a few of my pics from the shoot. You can also see the Martha’s Trouble Gallery to see the full shoot of the live performance.
Last night I had dinner with some friends and stuck around to listen to the band practice for Sunday morning. It is so nice to spend a little bit of time with people who are passionate about what they do (like b/, Josh and several others), because it’s contagious. If you have ever been around someone who is passionate about what they do, you will notice that it wears off on everyone around them. The same as negativity produces negative people, so it goes with passion and positive people.
As a photographer I think you really find the look or the shot you have been looking for all along when you think you have exhausted all possible angles, focal lengths, and exposures and just sit down and stop trying. It’s at that point that you really have to start getting creative. Sometimes when the creative juices are not flowing that can look very forced, and down right bad, then there are other times when you look at the results and think, wow, why didn’t I try this all along.
Last night was one of those night, for me anyway. I had taken a few shots of the band’s practice and couldn’t really find anything new and exciting so I just sat down on the stage next to the drum set and there it was. I really had been trying to get a good shot of the drums in this particular setup for about 6 months. I felt like raising my hands in the middle of thier set to say “I’ve got it!”, but hey, it’s just practice, right. So here are two of my favorite shots above from last night’s practice. The first, on the drums is BJ, and the second image is Rob from Marth’s Trouble (a band I have regrettably yet to shoot or see in person). Other images from last night can be found here.
Update on Cindy Wall’s Story
A story of Cindy Wall that many of you may already know at this point is continuing to make its way around the Internet. Cindy Wall’s commitment to Christ, baptism, and death in such short succession has now moved around in ways none of us who were involved could have possibly imagined. That may show the limitations I put on God and His greatness, but it is bigger than just our congregation or church. See some of the more recent posts from others like:
There are many other examples, and I know I have missed some important ones, but this is a good example of how her story has made it around the Internet, just an incredible story.
One thing I like about smaller local bands is they bring in new musicians to play all the time, and they always seem to add their own flavor to the band. If you follow some of the large bands of our time like Third Day or Coldplay, a new guitarist would be big news and would probably disrupt the unity, flow, and chemistry of a band for at least a period of time. Smaller bands don’t always have the luxury (if you want to put it that way) of being able to have the same musicians play every single time. As frustrating as that can be for a worship leader or other members of the band, sometimes I find it very refreshing because the guest or new musician always brings his own perspective to the group.
Last night Rob (pictured below), who plays with Martha’s Trouble, joined the Cornerstone band practice to play on Sunday. I was able to shoot the whole band for about an hour yesterday and these two are two of my favorites shots from last night. Although I didn’t get a chance to talk with Rob last night (sorry Rob) I have really come to enjoy shooting live bands. Musicians are one group that (in general terms) love to be photographed doing what they love to do, and that makes for much more appealing images than those who can’t stand to have their photo taken.
If you would like to see the rest of the shoot from last night you can view it in the gallery under people, called music. A few weeks ago I was able to do a shoot with Encounter with Grace Campus Ministries (see Opening Day for Encounter at Auburn University) which I really enjoyed. Tonight, I will be back on the Auburn University campus to shoot Encounter again, should be a great night, look for some images from that shoot in the upcoming days.