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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.

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ANNA GILBERT | MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY

Anna Gilbert loves music — that was obvious during the shoot.  Committed musicians, whether professional or not, have music genetically interwoven throughout everything they do, I’m convinced. You sit Anna in front of a piano, even for a picture, and she plays and sings.  I love that.  I respect that.  Honestly, I get that… I feel the same way around a camera these days.

I’m an enormous music fan, and I think that’s the reason I love shooting musicians… I get to be around people who love music even more than I do.  This is just a preview of the images, so I’ll stop typing now.  More later in the full post.

If you haven’t already, check out Anna’s Myspace HERE and leave her some love.

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  • benj haisch - NICE! that bottom one screams album art to me. classy.

  • jess - LOVE that second shot. beautiful!

  • Vida Carson - Wow, that second image is just.. wow.

  • jobeth / bootsmc - jay – these rock! that light in the second image – bea-u-ti-ful!

  • Rayleigh Shores - Those are great! I’m way impressed by the photography and by Anna’s beauty!

  • BethanyAnne - Holy crap. Gorgeous porgeous. Beautiful.

    And the second pic – reminded me of Jeremy C’s style. Love it!

  • geneoh - awesome work, Jay. Love it.

  • Jaq - These are great, i love her expression & the lighting in the second one. The piano is gorgeous.

  • Graeme - New posts please. =)

  • jayeads - I know. I’m behind 🙂

33 YEARS | BANJO STREET MUSICIAN

I was driving home after shooting a wedding (another blog post for that soon) when I saw him. The banjo, the hat, the overalls… I knew I had to pull over and take his picture — if he would let me, of course.  Permission was definitely going to be in order, because I wanted to use my octobox, I saw the picture in my head before I ever got out of my truck.

Erik has been playing the banjo for 33 years, and it shows. His effortless picking was only outshone by his amazing handlebar mustache.  He told me that he loves shooting in front of The Kiva, a great little grocery in Eugene, because of the appreciation their customers show him.  I guess people who like good wine and good food also like good music.  I’m planning on doing more impromptu portraits here in town… bring on the Spring.

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This shot was a special request by Erik.  Happy to oblige.

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  • BethanyAnne - Holly snap these are amazing. Especially #5!

    Love it!

  • BethanyAnne - Holly snap these are amazing. Especially #5!

    Love it!

  • Shari DeAngelo - I absolutely love every single image here, Jay. Exceptional series.

  • Lauren Hurt - Jay you are so cool, and so is this dude. These pictures make me want to start using lights, they’re just perfect!

  • Gina - Your portrait work really tells the story. Each photograph is fascinating imo. It’s such a treat to view your work!

  • jess - jay! don’t know how i missed this shoot but i love the mood, tones, etc. so beautiful. 🙂

  • Harvey - I just want to mention that I came to your site this morning (as I often do) for inspiration. This shoot continues to inspire me over and over and over again. I love how there are so many different takes on one man playing a banjo in the street. Each one impresses and inspires for a different reason.

    Thank you.

  • Nirav Patel - Incredible Jay. As everyone else has mentioned, you are truely an inspiration. If you’re ever in San Francisco shooting a wedding and need a second, or third, or fourth shooter, please let me know haha. I’ll work for peanut butter and possibly some jello. Seriously though, it would be an awesome priveledge to be able to work with you. Take care man.

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