I don’t usually get the opportunity to photograph musicians, but at the end of the year I had the boys from The Rollercanes in the studio, to shoot some promo images for their new album.
Without much of a plan for how they wanted the photos to look, I was given quite a lot of creative freedom with this shoot. The boys had a vague idea of including some random props in the frame, and perhaps being able to see some of the studio equipment too. In situations like this, setting up the frame is the hardest part. Trying to decide what to have in the shot is quite tricky, and its easy to go overboard and have too much ‘stuff.’ We tried putting things in and taking them out- swapping in objects and bits of gear to get the right balance.
Finally we were ready to shoot. They boys were a bit nervous at first, not sure how to stand or what to ‘do,’ but they soon got used to the lights and the long lens and settled in to the rhythm of the shoot.
Once they warmed up, the guys did a great job of interacting with each other. I didn’t give them too much direction, as they were a lot looser and more comfortable just doing their own thing and mucking around. I didn’t want the images to look staged, so I just let them poke, pester and heckle each other, and ‘play’ with the props in the set.
After the shoot, I sent through some proofs to the guys and they chose their favourites. After a few trials, we settled on a treatment that they liked. Here are a few of the retouched images. The horizontal one made it onto the cover of the record!