Shooting White Eskimo – A behind the scenes look

A recent commission to photograph the band, White Eskimo had me racking my brains for inspiration. I started by researching classic album covers and then created a mood board of images that suited the style of the band. I find creating mood boards is good starting point for generating initial ideas, but always aim to take things to higher level by striving to create images that have impact and stand out from the crowd.

The band’s manager, TV presenter Yvette Fielding accompanied me on the shoot and acted as Art Director. ┬áSince we had the studio for a day, it allowed us the freedom to work without too much time-pressure, providing the flexibility to try different ideas.

We photographed a mix of group shots and individual portraits, experimenting with various poses and lighting effects and backgrounds, with the aim of producing a range of images suitable for different purposes, including a CD cover image.

Some initial results can also be seen here and on the band’s Facebook page.

Technical

The images were shot using a Nikon D700 fitted with 85mm 1.4 and 24-300 Nikon lenses. The studio flashes used were Bowens heads, fitted with soft boxes and honeycomb grids.

Behind The Scenes

My assistant, Victoria kindly volunteered to shoot some documentary-style images showing ‘behind the scenes’, whilst also he ┬ájuggling lighting and placing reflectors. Victoria’s images can be seen below.

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