hopscotch music fest: empress hotel

I had the pleasure of hanging out with 4 members of New Orleans’ Empress Hotel for 45 minutes or so on Thursday evening, chatting with them about their upcoming debut full-length album — out in early 2012 — their tour plans, which of the Rogers brothers their mom loves best, and their thoughts on Treme….

promo shoot: sinful savage tigers

I’ve been working with Seth Martin and his bandmates in Sinful Savage Tigers, Seth Barden and Andrew Marlin, since April, putting together the concepts for a promo shoot for SST’s upcoming release, The Last Night Of The Revels. It’s totally changed the way I think of promo shoots, because it was such a good time;…

interview: cameron mcgill

An unexpected emergency room trip and road closures prevented me from actually sitting down with Chicago singer-songwriter Cameron McGill last Sunday before his show at the 506, but he was kind enough to answer some questions from Florida via email this week. Behind the jump, Cameron talks about Chicago, touring with Margot & the Nuclear So-and-So’s and…

the big picture promo photoshoot

My friend Jonny is a lunatic. A funny, brilliant, good-hearted lunatic with huge ideas, but a lunatic all the same. And he’d agree with me on that assessment, so I don’t feel bad saying it in public. I spent yesterday afternoon perched on a ladder taking promo shots for his new project, the Big Picture….

promo: the night kitchen

I spent some time yesterday afternoon taking headshots of my friend Heather and her business partner Kala, for their new home bakery business, the Night Kitchen. It’s interesting, trying to get natural shots of people who are very conscious of your camera. I think I got some winners. When their website goes up, I will…

an acoustic evening with trekky records

an acoustic evening with trekky records, originally uploaded by minervacat. I’m finding myself, this week, thinking about promotional photography pretty intensely — what makes a good promo photo, how to develop and pursue ideas and concepts in shooting promos, what I can do to make taking promos an experience that’s rewarding for me as a…

radio silent auction promo shoot

radio silent auction promo shoot, originally uploaded by minervacat. Spent some time with Radio Silent Auction yesterday, working up promo shots for them. I don’t do a lot of promo work because as a photographer I find it sort of artistically unsatisfying in theory, but I actually kind of got a kick out of playing…