I take photos of people and their businesses and have worked with all sorts of amazing people, including a fashion designer, life coach, copywriter and chocolate maker. I, and my little camera, go to a client and take the photos that will tell their story. Every situation is a little different but at the same time similar.
Well it was a completely different story when friends of mine, who perform as an acoustic duo called The Lost Cause, asked me to take photos of them at their gigs in Spain over the summer. It was an amazing opportunity to take photos in a completely different environment. Of course I was going to say yes, but there was a little part of me thinking “bloody hell this is scary, not sure I can do it”. I had to give myself the biggest push to take the biggest step out of my comfort zone!
- I wouldn’t be able to set a photo up, make it look pretty or ‘tidy it up’
- I wouldn’t be able to say ‘stop, lets do that again’ or ask them to look a certain way with a certain expression – I was going to have no control over the photos?
- I would have to watch for moments, putting myself in the middle of what made a picture interesting, remembering it wasn’t just about them but the people around them too
- I was asked to work in black and white
Meet Welsh acoustic duo THE LOST CAUSE
This is Craig, the guitar side of the duo. A teacher as well as a musician, Craig plays the guitar whenever he can, wherever he is.
And this is Baz, real name Jordan. Baz sings, not in a ‘yeah, okay’ kind of way but in a way that makes you turn to the person next to you and say ‘WOW, have you heard this guy’.
Black & White v Colour
All the photos I have taken for clients have been in colour, so the first few photos I took for Baz and Craig were in colour too. You know what happened, they changed them straight to black and white!
Q: Do I like the photos in black and white?
A: Yes, I do actually. I understood straightaway that B&W worked for who and what they are.
Q: Did I think I would?
A: No. I’m a colour girl. Thinking about it though, they didn’t want a pretty picture, they wanted photos that were timeless and moody.
I did take some photos in colour, black & white is amazing in the way it keeps things simple, focussing the eye on one aspect of a photo, but with colour your eyes are seeing everything, it seems to tell a bigger story.
Setting up a photo
Another big difference. I had always been able to set up a photo to a certain extent but this was not the case here! Once Baz and Craig had started to perform then it was up to me to get the photos. As I said at the beginning I couldn’t retake a photo, or shuffle things around to get things right.
I had to keep my eyes open all the time, push my way past people to get a shot. Move myself closer to a group of people I wanted to include. Stick my nose into conversations. It was about seeing a moment and moving quickly to catch it, didn’t always happen as I planned but I did okay. I had to ignore people watching me and not worry about what they were thinking! I had to forget my shyness, get the job done basically.
Getting up Close
Using the little camera in my iPhone means I don’t have the luxury of a zooming in from a distance. I had to take a deep breath, ignore everyone, head straight up to the guys, take a photo and hope for the best. Not very professional but this was a new game for me remember. It was quite a buzz when I looked back on a photo and thought yes, I like that.
So, my Lost Cause adventure was something I won’t forget in a hurry. And my words to you are ones you will have heard many a time before, “Say YES and work stuff out as you go along, its what life is all about right?”
One last thing before I go if you want to follow The Lost Cause head to their Facebook page or Instagram.
See you next time.