Guitar slinging, soul, blues, and rock singing badass Mick Hayes is the subject of one of my most recent shoots!
It’s always a treat to get to photograph someone who has shared stages and billing with stars like Stevie Wonder, The Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, and Los Lonely Boys, and I’ve been lucky these past few years to work with Mick on a bunch of still and motion projects the include the release video and cover art of his most recent album.
More than that, I’ve had the pleasure of actually seeing the man play a few times, and it’s a revelatory experience to see live. Mick can play, sing, and put on one hello of a show. His astounding stage presence, steeped in the influence of his musical roots and coupled with his raw enthusiasm and skillful playing , is one of the reasons he’s endorsed by brands like Hammond and Knaggs Guitars.
Alternative Press is one of my favorite magazine clients to work with – partly because they send me on assignments to make portraits of great musicians like England’s You Me At Six (who I shot for their December issue) and they always give me a ton of freedom in how I want to interpret each band’s vibe. Sometimes it comes in handy that my studio is right in the heart of Buffalo’s entertainment/theatre district – because I’m usually no more than a five-minute walk from most of the city’s best venues and that gives me ample time to set up the kind of dark moody images I like to create with a group like YM@6.
Check out this stripped down live recording of You Me At Six’s Room To Breath
I have been excited to share this one with you for a while – I photographed Rochester NY based hardcore act Such Gold earlier in the summer for this feature in the September issue of Alternative Press (#290 – also check out my old friend Douglas Sonders‘ awesome shot of Chiodos on the cover of the same issue)
I am coming off the tail end of an extremely prolific week of shooting, ill be leaking a ton of new images out here on the blog over the next few weeks. I spent friday out and about with Zach Rose photographing the awesome alternative style icons Bryan Vomit and Sarah Shriver. An absolutely fun and heavy metal fueled shoot that left them covered in the styling secrets of the week: food coloring and cornstarch. These two were just a blast to shoot with, I can’t wait to work with them again. I loved working with such extreme styling in such a natural environment, creating an interesting juxtaposition that highlights their unique looks.
I recently had the chance to create a brand new set of images for Buffalo power-pop quintet City Under Siege, a young but terrifically catchy band. A variety of group and solo images were created for the band members in order to give them a more appealing and professionally produced image than what they had been using to market their music previously. We wanted to avoid any cliches that seem to plague bands when they are producing much of their own marketing material and images (see: Rock and Roll Confidential’s Hall of Douchebags) so we ultimately decided that the key image would be produced in studio to give it the polish and feeling of control that the band was looking for. Working with new or younger bands can often be a challenge as they often have several misconceptions about the budgetary requirements of producing images or their own direction musically. However, the members of City Under Siege proved themselves to be extremely discerning in their taste, knowledge of producing imagery, and direction they wanted to take their image in.