this week i was hired to shoot another series of press photos for another amazing local band. painted highways wanted a set of images that were definitively “hawaii” in localization, but not cheesy at the beach at sunset with a coconut tree kinds of images. so i took a set of strobes, umbrellas, stands, and radio triggers and set out to take those images. night photography with an evenly balanced background is tricky because properly exposing the background requires a long exposure. that meant the band had to hold their poses as still as possible for a while, not an easy task. it really took commitment on the band’s part.
from a creative perspective, the guys in painted highways are always on some next level kinds of things. a clown suit, an operation boardgame, records, and painter’s palettes were all things i never expected to incorporate into a single photo shoot. but somehow they made it work.
the images were great…and it was really one of the more fun, random photo shoots i’ve had in a while.