Earlier this year I had a killer cover shoot for Yellowbrick Magazine featuring History on Repeat from Des Moines (we have their EP in our frequent rotation at the studio - seriously good stuff). The band drove down to the studio for the shoot. The cover concept was a heroic looking sunset shot, but it was raining hard so we ended up faking it. I shot the band in studio and composited them onto sky photographed at a later date (see the Behind The Scenes photos below). The guys were really cool and agreed to go outside with me to shoot in the rain. We started with umbrellas, but those were quickly discarded in exchange for maximum soakage (I stayed under an umbrella to protect the camera). It's amazing how great images can come out of seemingly terrible shooting conditions! For you photographers reading this, the guy in the fedora is the son of photography superstar Lori Nordstrom. Enjoy the images and make sure you give the band a listen!
Samantha Gratton snapped some behind the scenes photos (she's married to musical mastermind Scott Gratton who's mad ups were featured on our photoshoot with The Magazines). Here's our setup for the composited cover:
And here's a peek at my secret photography weapon, the stripey umbrella: