My latest photoshoot was a conceptualized image of Guns n Roses guitarist Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot, and while leafing through the tons of GoPro camera footage and processing the amazing amount of images Ron was awesome enough to give a killer performance for, ( He delivered frame after frame..._and there were LOTS of frames!)...I found this really awesome lil section that shows just how on point my assistants were. Without their support I could never pull off such a shoot.
My First Assistant Brian McDonald (who is a photographer in his own right),strapped one of the 3 cameras we had rolling throughout the day to his chest, for a "in the action point" of view. At one point.. Id worked up a massive thirst.. and I asked.. can I please have something to drink..Brian not only grabbed me a soda.. but when I was completely engrossed in a conversation about how the shoot was developing in Phase One Capture One, with Digital Tech/2nd Assistant David Teng (Also a great photographer!) Brian...knowing how thirsty I was simply opened the soda for me and handed it to me in a manner that let me keep on discussing the images with David. Ron is an incredibly busy and in demand musician, (It literally took 3 years to just to coordinate a day where we could make this shoot happen, and it wasn't for lack of trying or wanting to on either of our parts!)...so literally every single moment in studio with him needed to be utilized to the fullest potential and by allowing me to remain completely in the moment and focused on what I'm doing helps.
The pace of the shoot was laid back for the most part, a very comfortable set.. .to say the least. But when it came time to orchestrating lighting, rigging and technical aspects.. focus was at a premium. And being able to stay focused on the tasks at hand while someone handled lesser tasks...even ones as simple as opening a soda so my eyes could remain focused on solving a technical question, made for a very smooth productive day.
It made me laugh.. because in the hustle of it all... I had no idea this was really even happening. We all just sort of moved like one machine with the same goal.. burn pixels!.... And in this case ... a guitar too! But you'll have to stay tuned to know what the hell I'm talking about.... Massive thanks to everyone who was on set. You all make it possible for me to do what I do! And a very big thank you to the fine folks at Parlay Studios, in Jersey City, New Jersey, for providing what is hands down THE most accommodating professional bunch of people combined under one magnificently large ( and high ) ceiling...making for a studio experience unlike any other. You guys rock!
More to come! Stay tuned.
P.S. At home no one opens my sodas for me...no matter how busy I may be! Ha!
Hope you enjoy the video.