CD Covers and Promotional Work

Katie Jayne

Katie Jayne approached me recently to take a few photos of her that she could use to promote her music career. Katie was formerly a member of the Southern Junction band but has recently commenced a solo career.  She has performed in the USA, the UK and Australia, most recently at the Off the Eaten Truck Festival organised by Rooty Hill RSL.

After exploring a few locations we decided up a little known location in Sydney that included an old aquaduct.  Here a few of the photos from the shoot.

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Katie with the aquaduct disappearing into the distance

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One of Katie’s favourite shots from the day.

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Katie with the sun starting to light her from behind.

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In between shots

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One of the old towers that contained machinery to operate the aquaduct

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Katie framed by the door frame

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Katie on the top of the aquaduct

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Headshot of Katie

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Katie looking relaxed during the shoot

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Katie looking very empowering

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My personal favourite from the day.

Keep up to date with Katie’s career and future gigs by liking her music page on Facebook – Katie Jayne Music

If you are interested or know of anyone else that could be interested in having some portraits taken then feel free to complete the form below to contact us.

Georgia White – Promo Photos

I first heard Georgia White perform when she was around 15 years old and she was singing in a fund raiser concert at Campbelltown RSL.  Since then I have followed her career including her time with the Apprentices group.

Georgia has an amazing voice and is a lovely young woman.  I was only too happy to take some new promo photos for her early in October this year.

As luck would have it, Georgia was filming a promotional video in Chippendale at a great studio style location and we were able to shoot there for a few hours after the video shoot.

The images below are those selected by Georgia as her favourites.

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On the day of the photo shoot Georgia recorded a promotional video which showcases her amazing talent.  Check out the video on Youtube

If you are interested in a photo shoot please contact me by completing the form below:

 

 

A Shot in the Dark

After having photographed a previous incarnation the band “A Shot in the Dark”, at a local Battle of the Bands, they approached me about shooting some promo photos. We headed to an abandoned building in the Southern Highlands and created these images:

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A Shot in the Dark are an Alternative Metal/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band located in the South West of Sydney.

The band members are:

Luke McKay – Guitar/Vocals
Nathan Craigie – Guitar
Zac Ball – Bass
Josh Sanchez – Drums

You can keep up to date with them by liking their Facebook page – A Shot in the Dark.

If you or anyone that you know are interested in some promo photos, live gig photos or portraits please fill in the details below:

Album Cover Shoot for Tara Favell

Having photographed Tara Favell in 2014 for her Tamworth promotional photos I was pleased to be contacted again to shoot the cover of her upcoming CD.  After discussing ideas and scouting around for a location we decided on the Camelia Gardens at Caringbah.  These are beautifully landscaped gardens with lots of paths wandering throughout the gardens.

These are some of the photos that we ended up with on the day.

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Photoshoot with Tara Favell 5.12.15 at Camellia Gardens, Caringbah for CD cover and promo photos.

 

Studio Shoot with Ian Burns

Country singer Ian Burns contacted me for a 3rd photo shoot and this time it was for his upcoming album cover.  He had a specific set of images that he wanted and this was the outcome.

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Portraits of Kiara Taylor

A few weeks ago Kiara Taylor approached me for another photo shoot as she needed updated photos for her upcoming CD.  We were lucky enough to be able to shoot at Camelot Castle in Kirkham and also Mater Dei Catholic School.

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Missy Lancaster – Til I Figure it Out

With the release of Missy Lancaster‘s first EP approaching, Missy contacted me about taking the photos for her EP cover and promotional photos for posters etc.

The photos were taken in Missy’s hometown of Picton.

The title of the EP is “Til I Figure it Out” and is available on Itunes – “Til I Figure it Out”

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Missy’s EP is definitely worth listening particularly the title track “Til I Figure it Out” which is about growing up and making decisions on what do to with your life before you really know what you want to do. For someone as young as she is Missy Lancaster is very talented.

The track listing is:

1. “A Story”

2. “Til I Figure it Out”

3. “I Got to Know”

4. “Just You Wait”

5. “Invincible”

Missy Lancaster co-wrote three of the songs with Drew McAlister and one with Peter McWhirter.

My favourite track is “Just You Wait” which reminds me a lot of Carrie Underwood in her earlier years.

The official video clip  for “I Got to Know” can be seen on Itunes – Video Clip

You can keep up with everything that is happening with Missy’s music career by liking her Facebook page.

I am available for photo shoots for promotional purposes, CD covers and behind the scenes on music videos at very reasonable prices.  If you are interested I can be contacted by email malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au or on my Firefly Photos Australia Facbook page by clicking on this link.

 

 

 

Christie Lamb – Promo Shoot & Behind the Scenes

I was approached by CMC New Oz Artist of the Year, Christie Lamb to take behind the scenes shots whilst she was filming her latest music video, “Love Me Tonight”.

The video was filmed in a the Shangra La Hotel in room overlooking Sydney Harbour – What a view!!

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What a View!

There was a cast of thousands for the video shoot with up to 8 dancers, camera crew, make-up artist and family members squished into a above average sized hotel room.

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Cast of Thousands

Even though it was a long day and hard work everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Being a make-up artist means more than making sure the star looks great, they also help out blocking the sun!  This Lee Hanly lending a hand.

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At time it was a hair raising experience!

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Prior to the filming of the music video Christie asked if I could take a few promo photos for her around the rocks area and we ended up with quite a few that we both liked.  Here are a few of them.

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Check out the Christie’s website and watch the “Love Me Tonight” video clip on Youtube by clicking this link “Love Me Tonight”

I am available for photoshoots and behind the scenes shoots for reasonable prices.  If you would like to make an enquiry you can contact me by email malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au or on facebook at Firefly Photos Australia

Ian Burns – Photo Shoot

Country singer Ian Burns approached me recently to take some promo photos and shoot the cover for his forthcoming CD that he is recording.

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We shot a few locations including at his property, Anthill Golf Club and a few of the local back streets.

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Ian couldn’t resist having a photo with one of his big boy toys.

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We were nearly run over whilst shooting this shot – no one around until Ian starts walking down the road!

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And this one was one of my favourites from the shoot.

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You can often find Ian performing around the Camden/Picton area so make sure that you check out your gig guide and especially keep an eye out for Anthill Golf Club gigs.

Corinne Rushby

Earlier this year I was approached by a young country singer, Corinne Rushby, to take some promotional photos for her that she could use for her facebook, website, posters and cards.  I had previously met Corinne when she made a guest appearance at a gig of Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea.  It says a lot for the talent of Corinne that she was asked to sing with someone as prestigious as Luke.

Over a few weeks we discussed the type of image that Corinne was looking for and then started thinking about locations that suited her vision.  We considered a number of locations that we could use and after scouting around finally decided on the area of Theresa Park/Brownlow Hill as it had a lovely country outlook and was reasonably close for both of us.  Luckily for us Corinne’s mother had arranged access for us to a private property which had some great settings that we could use during the shoot.

As we had planned to shoot a few different looks, Corinne had chosen a few different outfits and started with a formal red dress which worked really well with the green arches of the trees over the road.

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The chosen location worked very well for what we had in mind and we both really liked this photo of Corinne in one of the country fields.

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It was hard not to shoot under the archway created by the trees as they worked well in framing Corinne.

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By using a large aperture and blurring the background I was able to isolate Corinne in this shot so that she stood out as the main focus of the viewer.

Corinne and her Maton Guitar

Props are important on a photo shoot but not everyone can bring a lounge to location.  Thanks to Corinne’s brother Brad for delivering the lounge to us.

Relaxing during the shoot

We were lucky to find a shed full of hay that we could use for the shoot.

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The shoot wasn’t all hard work and there were plenty of funny moments.  I captured this shot as Corinne was laughing.

My personal favourite photo from the day was this one of Corinne.

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Keep an eye out for Corinne and make sure that you catch one her gigs so that you can have a listen to a talented young artist.  If you like her facebook page you can be sure that you will be kept update with what is happening with her career and where her gigs will be on.

If you or anyone that you know of could use some new promotional shots, CD covers, posters and even a live gig shoot then contact via the contact page or email me at malcolm@fireflyphotos.com.au

Imposition

I recently had the pleasure of shooting some promo photos for the rock band Imposition.  Having previously seen them perform live I can tell you that they are an energetic band and definitely have a future in the industry.  The band members are Ashley Knight – Vocals/Keyboard/Guitar, Dane Richter – Lead Guitar, Daniel Harding – Drums and Jeff Henderson on Bass.  Despite the band only having been formed just over 13 months ago they perform like they have been together for a lot longer.  In the short time since their formation they have been garnering a following on the Central Coast of NSW and  have performed at many venues in the area.

The band has received good feedback on Triple J Unearthed and their fan base is rapidly growing.  For those of you in Sydney they will be performing on a regular basis at Hornsby RSL starting in 2014.

The band members are young and like to enjoy themselves when performing so we decided to shoot something fun for their promo photos.

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One of the shots that we wanted to take involved us all spinning around on a roundabout ride.  The idea was to have a blurred background due to the movement whilst Imposition were all in the focus.   Anyone watching us would have thought that we were crazy as it is not that easy to achieve.  Dane, Jeff and Daniel would take turns pushing the ride around and then try to jump back on and get in position so that I could take a photo.  Unfortunately as soon as they jumped back on the ride would slow down and by the time they were ready for the shot we were either in the wrong position or nearly at a standstill.  Next time we will need some helpers to push us around.  We did end up with a shot that was a keeper.

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A shot like the one above is not suitable for anyone with a weak stomach as by the end of it we were all feeling very queasy and I am not sure if we could have gone on for my much longer.

It is surprising how many compositions you can find that work when you are in a children’s playground.  This mini rock climbing wall came in handy.

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Leaving the park we headed to coastal rocks at Pearl Beach where we had a bit of fun with different poses and the fish-eye lens.

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I particularly liked this one that we took while at Pearl Beach with Ashley gazing into the distance and the guys looking more casual

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The next location involved a bit of bush walking but I’m not sure of the exact location.  We ended up in cave that overlooked Patonga and we could see Palm Beach in the distance.

We took a few shots around the cave but as space was limited and none of felt inclined to fall of the cliff the available compositions were limited.  Despite limited compositions my favourite shot was taken here and I applied a different processing style to and ended up with this shot.

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This location had stunning views and worked well as the backdrop.

Everyone enjoyed the shoot and we ended up with quite a few keepers that Imposition will use to promote themselves.  If you need an entertaining rock band that for a venue or even a private function they can be contacted through their facebook page Imposition.

If you or someone you know needs promo photos or live gig photos I can be contacted on the contact tab or by commenting below.

Christie Lamb

I had the pleasure of shooting some promotional images for country singer Christie Lamb.  For those of you that have not heard of her Christie have a look at her website and listen to her music.

The planning of the shoot took a bit work as Christie had to decide on the style of the photos that she needed, the outfits to wear and the sourcing of accessories.  As Christie had performed at the Campbelltown Catholic Club she was able to obtain use of a few locations within the club that we use for our shoot.

For her hair and make-up Christie was lucky to be able to have Lisa Mangion to available to work with us on the shoot.  Lisa is very popular and always in demand.

The first location was in the piano lounge area at the Campbelltown Catholic Club as Christie wanted a few shots around the piano and with her hair styled straight.

We were supposed to start shooting before the club opened but the hair and make-up took longer than planned and we ended up shooting with a few spectators.

The next location for the shoot was in the Cube and we had use of the stage for quite a few hours.  The old style microphone was one the props that Christie sourced for the shoot and we made good use of it.

One of the good things about the shoot was that Christie brought a long a variety of outfits and had a make-up artist/stylist on hand to change the look throughout the day.  This enabled us to take quite a few different styles of photos.

Danni joined us for a few hours and thanks to her we found a big industrial fan to give the wind blown look.

 After shooting at the Cube we packed up and travelled to lake at Harrington Park for a few shots with water in the background.

This was followed by some photos near Christie’s house and then as the light was starting to fade at a park in Camden.  It was a long and tiring day but very worthwhile as Christie was very happy with the photos and so was I.

Aleyce Simmonds

Country singer, Aleyce Simmonds

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One of my favourites from the shoot with Aleyce

contacted me recently as she needed some new promotional photos and website photos. After discussing the type of photos and the look that she wished to portray I then scouted around for suitable locations in Sydney.

The great thing about scouting around is that you often find beautiful locations tucked away just around the corner.  The location that we decided upon was Lake Parramatta Reserve. This a great location with bushland and a lake and it is located at North Parramatta.

As the best light for photography is early in the morning or late in the afternoon we decided upon an early start so that we could finish the shoot before too many people arrived.

These are some of the photos that Aleyce chose as her favourites after the shoot:

 

 

Johanna Hemara

Johanna Hemara contacted me last year as she was planning to release a CD at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival and needed some photos for the posters and the CD.

The shoot took a bit of planning as we tried to find locations that suited the look that Johanna had indicated that she wanted for the CD cover.  We covered a few kilometres driving around for suitable locations and then stumbled upon a field at Theresa Park that looked great for want we had planned. The location was on private property so we sought out the owner and obtained consent to shoot there the following weekend.

We were assisted on the day by Lisa Mangion who did a fantastic job with Johanna’s hair and make-up.

The shoot was very successful and Johanna chose these four photos for use on her CD:

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We even managed to have some fun with a 1920’s style as one of Johanna’s friends had an antique car which he drove up for the shoot.

Johanna Looking the Part!

 

Johanna hamming it up for the camera!

Look out for Johanna’s CD’s and live shows as you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

 

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