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By Big John | Published May 15, 2013
The band Epic Death came to me and needed photos for upcoming press kits and some other items. I have been a fan of their music for a while (and let me tell you the sneaks I have heard of their upcoming album is great) and so I was pretty excited about getting to do the work for them.
We had so many ideas we wanted to work upon, but it was a fine line of wanting to be just cliché enough, without going crazy with it. After a lot of deliberation we settled on some rail road tracks. YEAAHHHH thats cliche to the max! It had to fit the theme and I was pretty sure I could pull off a shoot on a railroad track that didn’t look like a country and western album cover.
I wont bore you with too many details and I wont share too many of the shots because they are still to be edited by their graphic designer for their album work. I cant wait to see what they get turned into for the final product. Very cool stuff. And if you get a chance to check out Epic Death tell them Big John sent ya!
By Big John | Published February 25, 2013
Hey everyone! Happy New Year! So what if its mid February already at least I am getting it done. Lots of things have been going on around here since christmas and I had a lovely time off. We moved to a different part of town, got a new house, met some great new people… its all been really fantastic. So fantastic that I have neglected you fine folks! I am terribly sorry for doing so and I have been sitting around for a week or more trying to figure out how I was going to make it up to you.
I have 3 different shoots I have completed since christmas that I wish to share and I cant wait to do it!
First up, is Derek Norman of Advantage Point Video. Last year he created some fantastic artwork for our Tough Mudder team “The Splitstickers” and in return I wanted to make him a great portrait he could show off to his friends and use on in his business. Derek is a great guy who does tons of great work as a videographer for a lot of Houston bands, as well as making amazing recordings of your life moments, weddings, birthdays etc.
Derek has a signature look to him when you see him out in the music venues. He always has his camera attached to a monopod, which allows him great stability along with being able to get different angles that your average Joe with an iPhone just wouldn’t be able to get. In his logo he uses an image of himself with his camera perched atop his monopod and I thought it would be neat to do a take on this idea. I know that these days videographers don’t really use “tape” anymore but most people I think still like to associate video with “tape” so we destroyed an old Metallica VHS tape and let it drape from Derek. After the shot was done I created the little plasma ball effect and took a separate shot of Derek with his camera and added it to the center. It is a nice blend of portrait and composite combining elements of Derek and his logo.
After this shot I wanted to produce something a little more normal but still with some fun than a plain ol portrait on a gray background. The last two shots have backgrounds that started with stock shots I took while wandering downtown with the first one having some slight smoke added to the shot and the second one adding in a big blood blob because, well, what is more metal than that?
In the end I am really happy with how they turned out and I was able to give Derek something different that I am sure he wasn’t expecting.
Do you want to see more of AdVantage Point Video? Do you want to get in touch with them and book Derek for your video work needs? You can find him here:
By Big John | Published February 20, 2012
I just wanted to say that I am pleased to open a new section of the website, called Behind The Scenes. A lot of shoots I do are just a blast, and I wanted to have a place to show that what I do is fun, different and not your usual stuffy photo session you had as a kid with your family at J C Penny.
I am currently in the works with Advantage Point Video in hopes to start bringing some behind the scenes video to the site, so stay tuned.
By Big John | Published February 15, 2012
After a few months of fumbling around with days, work schedules and conflicts, Carrion Sun finally managed to get together with me, so we could get their promo photos done. The guys are a great laid back group, and a pleasure to work with. It was lots of fun, sadly the sun set before we could really play with tube socks and bubbles as much as we all would have liked… and the store was closed which made having fake mustaches impossible.
A huge special thanks to Calvin, for inviting us to his place, treating us as family, letting us use is tank… and showing off his castle. Yep… you read all that right.
Make sure you check out Carrion Sun the next time they are playing, great energy, great tunes, great guys. Support your local music.
Do you want to see some of the “behind the scenes” shenanigans that happens? Some of the images that get left on the cutting room floor? Stay tuned!
By Big John | Published October 17, 2011
Early last week I was contacted by Mark at Crossroads Music Magazine, he wanted to know if I would be interested in helping him out Friday for the second installment of When We Ruled H-Town at Fitzgeralds. I checked the calander and thankfully I had a free schedule, so I checked out what the deal was with this event. I learned that the show was featuring Poor Dumb Bastards, Academy Black, Blueprint, and Simpleton and that this was part of something great.
Mark was going to help out his friends at Old Man and Bitter Girl doing interviews for their podcast, and while they were hard at work selling merch and talking to the artists I was busy doing my thing, shooting the show and trying not to get trampled, beat down, or doused in various liquids, especially during the Poor Dumb Bastards set. Which by the way, if you have never seen them I must say you are missing out on one heck of a show.
The crowd was also treated to a 29 minute preview to the documentary When We Ruled H-Town, and it was absolutely incredible. Their own description sums it up the best: “When We Ruled H-Town takes an objective but nostalgic look at a not-so-distant past when a spark of energy, a deep pool of creativity, and insatiable curiosity brought musicians, artists, fans, and an entire city together for a brief moment of greatness.” Starting the evening off with such a powerful video really let everyone know they were in for something special, and I am glad I was able to be there for it.
I have a small gallery of my favorite shots from the evening here, and you will want to make sure you check out Crossroads Music Magazine as well as Old Man and Bitter Girl later for interviews and more.
If you want more information on the incredible documentary that is going to drop next year, check out WhenWeRuledHtown.com