Last year I was lucky enough to do a shoot with The Blenders. I’ve worked with Allan in the past on the Sally J CD project and he gave me a call to work with his group. They wanted something that felt like a live shot, but had enough detail to print on posters and banners, which is something they haven’t been able to do with actual live photos, not to mention trying to get everyone to have a good pose.
We rented a theater for the day and worked with the house lighting mixed with strobes to emulate a live look. After spending time shooting all four of the guys together, it was clear that nailing the perfect “live” moment was going to be tough. We decided to shoot them all individually in lots of different poses that felt right for each of their personalities. Later, the selects were composited together into something that turned out really well.
Aside from being excited about the final image and how it looks in the CD packaging, it was pretty fun to see the posters around Minneapolis and up in the Pantages Theater at the merchandise table during their performances.