Band Promo Photography | Grant Williams

This blog post has been LONG overdue. Long.

Overdue.

HAHA!  Ugh, such is life.

Anyway, a few... MONTHS... ago, I got a call from musician, Grant Williams, looking to get some band promo photography artwork done for his current band at the time.  He called me with this cool idea he had for CD cover artwork, and I was excited to work on it with him!  A casting call, a body paint mishap, and a few models later, we finally got 'er done!

When doing the session, our original intention was to PAINT the models... Now, unlike a lot of the photographers from back home, I am unfamiliar with the practice of PAINTING models... haha.

I went onto a local forum asking for advice, but one of the popular responses was that we should use latex.

I have to be honest and say... Ehhhh-I'm not really a fan of the way latex body-paint looks.  I don't think there's anything *wrong* with it... it's just personal preference.  It's too shiny... and strange... and... Blue Man Group.  HAHA!  Not to mention, I needed something that would blend well, and I had a sneaking suspicion latex isn't great for blending... I could be wrong.  I'll never really know.  But in any case, the shoot was scheduled conveniently around Halloween.  My plan was to go to a Halloween shop and pick up an obscene amount of face paint, but this proved to be more challenging than I initially thought.  I needed primary colors and the resulting color there-of.  It always happened that I could find two of the three colors I needed, but never the third.

FINALLY I found enough tubes of blue, red, and purple.

While the RED paint, worked beautifully... the blue was horrid and cracked within seconds after drying... and the purple was... a horrible mix of the blue and red, in that it went on smooth, but it was almost too watery and didn't cover well.

EPIC. PAINT. FAIL.

So... what did we do?

I went against my mantra of, "Do as much in-camera as possible" and said, "Screw it.  I'll paint them in post."

And that's what we did.

I photographed the models clean-skinned, and then took the images into Photoshop and painted the colors onto them the way they were *supposed* to look with the paint I bought.

We took the long way around to get there, but we made it work, and Grant was happy, so I was happy.  Haha!

When Grant contacted me about the concept, he told me that he wanted 3 panels for the front of the cover.  I'm not sure how he's going to, (or did... Like I said this blog post is way overdue, haha) end up arranging these, but I'm just going to present them in sequential order as individual images:

Band Promo Photos, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Grant Williams
Band Promo Photos, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Grant Williams

Unfortunately the band that Grant was originally going to apply these images to is no longer together.  However, he stated that he would probably be using them for some personal projects he has in the works, so I'm looking forward to see what he does with them!  In the mean time, he's in a band called Graces Downfall and you should totally check them out... especially if you're in Pennsylvania.

The models used for the shoot are Danny Tawil and Emily Catherine, and they're absolutely lovely to work with.  So if you're an artist or photographer yourself, and you're in Pennsylvania, check them out. ;)

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Emily Catherine | Rock Inspired Fashion

Hey everyone!  Happy Rain Day!! I'm going to go ahead and keep this nice and simple due to Sandy's wonderful visit and the pending possibility of the power going out... but I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite final images from Emily Catherine's shoot!

She did such an AWESOME job, I had such a hard time narrowing down final images to edit, but I finally did it!  Don't forget to check out her Facebook page and click "like"!  Special thanks again to Shawnnah Jade of Notorious B.eau.ty for doing a fantastic job on Emily's hair and makeup!!

Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine

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Emily Catherine ROCKS!

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a rock 'n roll inspired shoot with up and coming modeling talent, Emily Catherine!  Let me tell you, if you are a photographer or other industry artist, and you get the opportunity to work with Emily... DO IT! This chick is awesome!  She's driven, she's fun, she takes great direction and she's not shy!  Which, surprisingly enough, a lot of models are, which sometimes makes it difficult to get them to convey the look you're going for.  NOT an issue with Emily!

For that matter, if you're NOT a photographer or other industry artist, check out her Facebook page anyway, check our her other work, click 'like' on her page, and leave her some love!

So the idea for this session came about thanks to Ebay!  I was actually in the midsts of shopping for the wardrobe I did with Amy Keyser when, randomly this dressed appeared in my window under "other items you may like", or whatever that section of the Ebay page is called.  The second I saw it, I thought to myself, "That would be AWESOME for a rock style inspired shoot!

I clicked.

I bought.

I messaged Emily.

After Emily expressed excitement in working with me on this shoot, I OF COURSE messaged Shawnnah of Notorious B.eau.ty!  This wonderful woman is the same fantastic hair and makeup artist that I collaborated with on Amy's shoot!  I was so excited to be able to collaborate with her again.  Shawnnah is not only great at her craft, but she's an amazing person to be around and I always enjoy our pre-shoot banter while she works on the model!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

Halloween is around the corner and I recall Shwannah saying something about having a special on Halloween makeup, for those of you who are less artistically inclined and would like some expert help on your killer [no pun intended] look!  SHOOT THIS GIRL A MESSAGE... Do it.  Go HERE, click 'like', and send her a message to set up your appointment!

After Shawnnah enthusiastically agreed to our developing project, I continued to shop for more pieces of Emily's outfit.  One of the pieces I found, was an awesome cropped jacket that I found at The Attic, in Bethlehem, Pa!  This place is the hippest consignment shop I know of in the area!  If you live around Bethlehem, and are looking for some cool pieces for your every day look, definitely stop by and check it out!

At this point I'll also take the opportunity to give a shout out to my friend, April Piazza who is the author of the Steel City Retro segment of the retro-inspired blog Wink Pinup.  April writes about the great places in the valley, like The Attic, that you can find awesome retro pieces for affordable prices!  So if that's your thing, stop by and check out the blog!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

So anyway, the day that Emily's dress ACTUALLY arrived... I made a very interesting discovery, in that the dress was actually two pieces... and the *skirt*... was actually MUCH shorter than I was expecting.  Right away I set out to the fabric store in search of more tulle, which I attached with my  mad hand-sewing skills to her skirt to make it a bit longer and fill it out a bit more.

I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have any help, as the wonderful Shawnnah definitely helped me fringe out the newly added layers, the day of the shoot.  (THAT is just ONE of the many reasons why I love her!)

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

Once the skirt was filled out and cut up, it was time to shoot!

This is just one of the awesome images that Emily, Shawnnah and I were able to create together!  There are definitely more to come, but I couldn't help showing at least *one*!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

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