I LOVE PORTRAITS + I LOVE MUSIC
I have never found much interest in landscape photography, it’s all about people, for me. I enjoy the interaction, the give and take of subject and photographer, and most of all, I love seeing or hearing the reaction to the images we come up with.
I’m sitting at home today, a little sick and itching to go outside and shoot… so I thought I would blog. I needed to do it anyway, so here I am. The first thing I do when it’s time to get into the workflow mindset is turn on some music. The sound fuels my work, it just does. Often it’s music that inspires me to take a certain photograph in the first place; or, I at least have a particular song in mind when shooting something. I recently discussed this very subject with a musician named Andy Zipf, who finds inspiration for his songs in images from time to time.
The type of music I choose is usually determined by the type of work I have in front of me. For example; weddings usually require some chill music, such as, Over the Rhine, William Fitzsimmons, or Peter Broderick. I need the lovely, the sentimental, the emotional to come into my head and make me think “wedding.” Now, portraits are a different animal for me. Some portrait sessions are moody, and require the likes of Radiohead, other sessions are light and fun. I grew up on 80’s and 90’s pop music… so when we’re talking about fun and light music, it’s gotta be Wham!, Milli Vanilli, Michael Jackson, or, if I really need to get fun and funky – and that takes some work – it’s Color Me Badd. Yep. With two “D’s” there, folks. They’re that serious about being bad. I mean, badd.
Hip Hop is a great energizer for days when the tasks is large. Large editing job with little time to complete it? Hip hop. The Beastie Boys and Run DMC were in as heavy a rotation as Bon Jovi or Tears for Fears. YO! MTV Raps – if only I could buy it on DVD.
I’m completely rambling, so I’ll stop. I have some more formalized posts in the works, but for now, here’s another big post of multiple shoots.