About two weeks ago I was approached by a metal group Johari Window about shooting their new promotional photos. I gladly took on the job and was pretty excited to explore some techniques I’ve learned in the fashion world to band photos. Being in a band myself for nearly 10 years, I learned what looks good and what doesn’t in band shots. So this shoot was something I had looked forward to for quite awhile. In the music business, perception is everything. If someone percieves you to be a “rockstar” with those “rockstar” photos, in their eyes, you probably are.
Arriving at a home in Floyds Knobs, Indiana I really didn’t know what to expect or what location we we’re shooting in. I pulled in, met all the members; Connor, Mike, Nick, Dylan and Chris. Very nice guys and I figured, with good people and good light we could make do with any situation. But once we traveled up the small his and arrived at our location, I saw the abandoned house on the top of the hill, I knew we had gold.
We scouted for about 20 minutes and I set at least three location points for shots. We would begin on the porch move throughout the house then around sunset move outside for the natural light shots. Around the time I was gearing up I realized I had left 2 Eneloop AAA batteries at home for my strobe receiver. I was down one speedlight, I would have to do this entire shoot missing an arm i.e. extra kicker light, which would probably be a good thing with shooting groups! But I liked a challenge and accepted it.
We shot all through the house, in the basement, outside and even started a massive fire to create smoke effect seen in the shot below. I had a great time with the guys and I’m glad everyone was super down to earth. It was their first promo shoot and I think they knocked it out of the park. They we’re as professional as it comes and I hope to work with them again in the future!
We shot nearly 10 sets and individuals in frigid weather. By the end of the 4 hour session I was freezing and worn out, but I really couldn’t wait to get home and see the results. Because I only used two lights, some extra post work was needed, but I’m real happy with what came out and I’m glad I had the opportunity to shoot Johari Window. If you’re a fan of aggressive metalcore, check them out.