I’m so excited to be sharing my second album cover with all of you! This one is for The Get Ahead’s new album, Deepest Light! which comes out Friday! Click here to check it out and get your hands on a copy! If you follow me on social media, you may have already seen this and if you don’t you are missing out and maybe you should…wink, wink, nudge nudge. I post on Instagram the most so if you want to see things first, that’s the best place to follow along!
My favorite thing about this shoot is, we weren’t setting out to shoot an album cover. Juliet hired me for a maternity shoot. She sent over a few images she had been eyeing and knew she wanted to be surrounded by nature and big old growth trees. We hopped in the car and drove way past Estacada, Oregon looking for a spot she remember visiting a few years back. After an hour in the car, we realized we had no idea where the spot actually was so we pulled over into the next foresty looking area and decided with the right angles we could totally make it work. We started off with images more in line with what Juliet had originally requested, like this one below, and got some gorgeous shots that I love!
But, y’all know me and know I can’t resist getting my lights all up in there. Once we knew we had what she had originally envisioned, Juliet threw all of her trust in my and let me start going wild with some of my more dramatic ideas. A little bit of back light, quickly turned into some hair flipping, and then I pulled out one of my favorite props, smoke in a can! Mid shoot, I showed her what kind of shots we were getting and she gasped with excitement and told me that the band had been trying to come up with album cover ideas and she thought this would be perfect. The next day I sent her off my favorite photo, she shared it with the band and boom, maternity shoot became album cover!
I think my favorite part about all of this, is that I often say I can shoot almost anything as long as clients are willing to let me get creative and bring my signature lighting style into the shoot. This is such a perfect testament to that. I don’t shoot maternity often, mostly just when friends request it and I obviously don’t advertise myself as a maternity photographer but if someone is willing to let me pull my style into something and go outside the box of what they think a maternity shoot or any shoot for that matter is supposed to be, that is when creative magic really gets to blossom.
The extra fun part about all of this…once the album cover was decided on, the band asked me to do all the promo photos to use in their press packet! We did a four hour shoot at Nate & Juliet’s house. We knew it would provide enough options with the cute bar area and a large living room space we could clear out to make a little studio. I came up with a mood board to propose all the ideas I had in my head, aiming to get a wide variety of shots in the time we had. With all hands on deck helping me move lighting gear and clearing spaces out, we were able to do a total of five scenes in just four hours!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’ve been enjoying the photos and getting a deeper look into how they were created. If there is anything else y’all want to know more about, let me know! And if you have friends who need an album cover, send them my way, I’ve been having so much fun working with all these musicians!