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Album Cover Shoot – 2


Well I turned up an hour before the shoot was due to start and was directed to the ‘Guard Room’. It was just inside the portcullis. I got a backdrop up and a couple of strobes and did a few test shots and waited. The Record company boss turned up on time with the Make-Up Artiste and  his assistant, we then waited for Queenie to show. Unfortunately, she had an art exam that morning and was late getting away from school but she duly arrived with her Mum about 45 minutes late.

Next the Make-up girl had to do her thing, unfortunately (unbeknown to me) Queenie is having some trouble with her skin/complexion at the moment and requested the make-up girl to use Queenie’s make-up. So by the time all was finished I guess we must have started the shoot proper about an hour late!

I had a couple of main problems:-

  1. The record company had no specific requirements. Now this may sound fine, as I have free rein, however, if you don’t know what the customer wants, how are you supposed to give it to them? I would have liked to have had an idea of what the forthcoming album was going to be like. I mean was it going to be Katy Perry or Ethel Merman?
  2. The Guard Room was cold and it was giving Queenie goose-bumps on her bare arms.
  3. We had too many people in the ‘studio’ which was having an effect on Queenie, bearing in mind she is only 15 years old (hence the skin probs).
  4. The complexion and the Goose-bumps caused me so many problems, trying to hide them as much as I could via the camera, to save me time in post production.

Anyway, we finally finished, Queenie was a little angel. She never once complained (even though it was obvious she hadn’t done any modelling before) and she just tried everything that people were shouting out to her (including me, but I was allowed).  The last thing she said to me as she left was “thank you very much and can you please touch-up my skin before you submit them?” I repied that I would add a little blur here and there if it was needed, she said “NO not a little blur a whole lotta a blur!”  And she was deadly serious.

I must say that I did need a lot of time in the digital darkroom but at the end of the day the record boss selected about six or seven shots that he liked and that was that.  As many photographers will know,  it is strange how the client never choses the photos that you think are the best. They always chose the ones that you wished they hadn’t for various reasons.

I have included a small number herewith, not fantastic I know but chosen by the company. Please feel free to comment, I would welcome any feedback good, bad or indifferent.

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Album Cover Photo Shoot


I am just about to leave the house to go to Caldicot Castle.  I have a commission to shoot a new young girl singer, her name is Queenie May and she appears to be about to break into the big time!

She certainly has a very sweet voice from what I have heard, but I’m sure most of you will know that it doesn’t end there, sometimes it doesn’t even start there!  Image is so important and of course the quality of the song.  Apparently, her single which was released not so long ago was released very surreptitiously and yet still managed to make the number 4 spot on the Amazon Chart.  It is currently at 34. Not bad at all for a first release from a singer with a self penned song.

Once the shoot is over, and the pics processed I will post some for your perusal and feedback.  Meanwhile, Queenie – who incidentally is only 15 – can be found on iCloud and Facebook.

Watch this space I guess!!

The front entrance of Caldicot Castle in south...
The front entrance of Caldicot Castle in south Wales. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Busy Schedule


We have a number of  commissions at the moment including a couple of album sleeves, some Pack shots for a web design client and the design and production of posters and leaflets for an advertising campaign for an existing client. So all in all quite busy in our own small way, which how we like it.