The four musicians are standing in a group, looking at the camera. Skeet is standing behind Jay and Gary and has his right hand across Jay's face The four musicians are standing in a group, looking at the camera. Skeet is standing behind Jay and Gary and has his right hand across Jay's face
Gary is sitting on the sofa playing the guitar. He is looking straight at the camera, which is looking almost side-on to the sofa Gary is sitting on the sofa playing the guitar. He is looking straight at the camera, which is looking almost side-on to the sofa
A headshot of Elfin bow A headshot of Elfin bow
The four musicians sitting on a sofa and stools. Gary is looking at the camera, with his feet up on a low table and his hands behind his head. The other three are playing their instruments and looking away from the camera The four musicians sitting on a sofa and stools. Gary is looking at the camera, with his feet up on a low table and his hands behind his head. The other three are playing their instruments and looking away from the camera
A man and woman sitting next to each other on leather armchairs. The man is putting his glasses on. A man and woman sitting next to each other on leather armchairs. The man is putting his glasses on.
Skeet is sitting, relaxing on the sofa. He has his arms along the back and arm of the sofa and he's looking straight at the camera Skeet is sitting, relaxing on the sofa. He has his arms along the back and arm of the sofa and he's looking straight at the camera
Elfin Bow is sitting on a stool, playing a mandolin. She's looking at her fingers on the fretboard. Elfin Bow is sitting on a stool, playing a mandolin. She's looking at her fingers on the fretboard.
Gary and Skeet are sitting on high-backed leather armchairs. Gary is looking at the camera and Skeet is looking at Gary Gary and Skeet are sitting on high-backed leather armchairs. Gary is looking at the camera and Skeet is looking at Gary
A man sitting on a sofa playing a bodhran. He is looking out of the window next to him, putting his face into profile A man sitting on a sofa playing a bodhran. He is looking out of the window next to him, putting his face into profile
A headshot of Gary A headshot of Gary
Elfin Bow and Jay are sitting on high-backed leather armchairs. Jay is looking at the camera and Elfin Bow is looking at Jay Elfin Bow and Jay are sitting on high-backed leather armchairs. Jay is looking at the camera and Elfin Bow is looking at Jay
Gary is standing in front of the sofa with his guitar standing in front of him. He has his hands on the top of the guitar Gary is standing in front of the sofa with his guitar standing in front of him. He has his hands on the top of the guitar
A headshot of Skeet A headshot of Skeet
A headshot of all four musicians looking at the camera a large mirror A headshot of all four musicians looking at the camera a large mirror
A headshot of Jay A headshot of Jay
Skeet is sitting in a high-backed leather armchair with an old-fashioned leather doctor's bag by his feet. Behind him and to the left is a standing lamp and there's a fireplace on the far left of the picture Skeet is sitting in a high-backed leather armchair with an old-fashioned leather doctor's bag by his feet. Behind him and to the left is a standing lamp and there's a fireplace on the far left of the picture
Jay is standing in front of the sofa with his hands in his pockets and looking straight at the camera Jay is standing in front of the sofa with his hands in his pockets and looking straight at the camera
The four musicians are standing together. Gary is pouring Elfin Bow a cup of tea whilst Jay and Skeet are in conversation The four musicians are standing together. Gary is pouring Elfin Bow a cup of tea whilst Jay and Skeet are in conversation

 

This was a photoshoot with Gary Edward Jones, a Liverpool-based folk musician, and three other musicians – Elfin Bow, Skeet Williams and Jay Christian – who are collaborating with Gary on a project.

They needed a number of different kinds of photograph, including:

  • Group photos of all four of them
  • Individual photos of each person, both with and without their instruments
  • Various combinations of two of the musicians together at a time

The photos were to be used on promotional material – posters for gigs, social media, etc. – and needed both informal, documentary-style shots and some more formal headshots.

They requested a mix of both black and white photos and colour, and wanted to the ‘look’ to be low key and moody.

We did the photoshoot in the Philharmonic Dining Rooms in Liverpool – a place famous for its beautiful architecture and 19th century interior design. We used one of the small rooms, which had wood panelling around the walls of the room and large, frosted windows. All the photography was done using the light available; no extra lighting or flashes.

We worked together to direct the photography. They had their wishlist, which we fulfilled, but we also came up with a few other ideas and poses while we were working.

The shoot was a lot of fun; Gary, Elfin, Skeet and Jay are all lovely people, and very talented musicians.

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