Last week I was invited to shoot Diesel Ireland's Autumn/Winter 2016 collection with models Thalia Heffernan and Savio De Chiara in Dublin. Not a usual gig for me, so made the most of a long day shooting with a great team. Here's some of the results...
I met Jo in Ed Sheeran's hotel room after a 3arena show of his a couple of years back. Much like myself, she was there through friends and wasn't a direct pal of Ed's, so we got chatting, found a mutual love of all things photographic, and have been friends since. Last Sunday, myself Jo and make-up wonder-artist Nicki Buglewicz went for an early morning adventure down the South Dublin coastline taking photos, in what was my first official gig in fashion photography I guess.
Fashion and editorial photography has always been something that has evaded me for some reason. I guess I just don't understand the mechanisms that keep it ticking. Despite a massive appreciation for the art form, and, following a whole host of super talented Irish fashion photographers (Alex Hutchinson, Dave Kavanagh, Evan Doherty to name a few...), the opportunities just never present themselves. So, when Jo asked if I was interested in doing a shoot with her, I jumped at the chance.
We met at 6.30am in my place to start hair and make up preperations. The idea was to catch the sunrise light along the Irish east coast which has so reliably fueled past photoshoots for me. Sunrise was due for 8.11am, so we'd plenty of time. Then we got in the car and drove South until the light was right and the locations made sense. Over the course of the next 3 or 4 hours, we'd hit locations in Sandymount, Seapoint, Dun Laoghaire and Greystones. Here's some of how it went down.
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Despite happening in mid January, it's likely that Ed Sheeran's appearance in Whelans will be the most talked about Irish gig for the entire year. As part of their 'Storytellers' series, VH1 were planning to live broadcast from my home away from home for one night, yes, Whelans. Having worked as house photographer in Whelans for many many years, I of course emailed straight in to check if they'd be requiring a photographer that night. They had no control over anything, but happily passed my details on to VH1 who then hired me for the gig. It was a super fun night and great to be involved in a production on the scale of which Wexford Street has never seen before. There were over 120 crew, 200 public tickets for each of two shows, which I heard 110,000 people applied for, 90 million people tuned in! An long 8 hour day working, and then an even longer after party to make up for it!
Here's a photo of mine on Ed's instagram with a handful of likes.
And, a little 2 minute time-lapse video of the entire 2 days of production.
Hozier's rapid ascent over the last 12 months is something I've watched with great awe and pride. Catching up with Andrew, the band and the crew, in my favourite Dublin venue made for an excellent night. Looking forward to the Belfast show in a few weeks.
Last month I was invited over to London to spend an afternoon in studio with old pals The Coronas as they put the finishing touches on their 4th studio album with producer Eliot James in Eastcote Studios. My primary purpose while there was shooting video which will be used in a series of documentary videos which will come out around the launch of the new album, but, while there I snapped a few shots of Danny, Dave, Graham and Conor with their recording hats on. What I've heard so far is sounding great and will hopefully be their most succesful album yet.
I have a long history with Dublin's most notorius singer songwriter night, The Ruby Sessions, hosted in Doyle's every Tuesday night for the past 15 or so years. I've played, attended, photographed and made a fool of myself there on many occasions. So, I usually know what to expect when I get a text from organiser Conor telling me there's a surprise guest and can I bring my camera down. Didn't a whole lot of convincing to get him to tell me that last night Ed Sheeran would be gracing the stage. Ed's new album has been in the billboard top10 for the past 5 weeks where it debuted at number 1. He has 10 million twitter followers. Getting to see him play a secret show to just 150 people was quite special. Fair play to all involved.
Last Saturday I was invited to the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham to take a photo at IMMA's "Summer Rising" event. Yes, the brief was a single photo, of a band, for a national paper. Once I got there and discovered how cool this little music & arts festival actually was, I had to take a few more. Since I was basically on my own time, I spent a while catching the little details of the festival, rather than the obvious photos of the artists performing. Here are a few of them.
The outside bar.
The main hall with Somerville and Gang Colours.
The outdoor cinema, gardens and a window peek.
David Kitt DJ Set.
I spent a hour or so in BIMM Music School yesterday taking photo at and after Imedla May & Darrel Higham's masterclass with the students. Good peoples.
Sails are a band I met through my involvement with BIMM Music College here in Dublin, where they are all students. There's a bit of a stigma with being a so-called 'BIMM Band' at the moment, of which there are many, but truth be told, it's a great thing. The college is full of amazingly talented individuals and seeing the various formations and groups is a really cool thing. Sails are also one of the most interesting manifestations to date and having photographed them on stage and in studio previously, it seemed only natural to be there to capture some press/promo shots to accompany their impending debut release.
Always finish a photoshoot with rooftop cocktails.
A whole pile of shots of Chicago blues outfit, The Square Pegs, doing what they do best! Dualing keyboards on this gig from Cormac Curran and Justin Carroll. Also featuring Colm Q Quearney, Graham Hopkins, Michael Buckley and Keith Duffy.