Right after I finished my photo shoot with Missy Franklin and had some quick espresso with my buddy Donald in Knoxville, I dashed back to Nashville for a meeting with All Sons and Daughters that evening.
I met with David and Leslie in Franklin at Journey Church where they are also the worship leaders. They had a great "office" space that was kind of like a pianists dream room, David has some fun toys hidden away back there. Meeting with an artists prior to a shoot can be so important and really effect how the shoot day will go. I enjoyed so much chatting with them and hearing about the tracks on the album, getting to hear some samples and also hearing their desires for the photos.
We decided to get an early start and beat the sun to the first location by about 20min, never hurts to wake up at 4am every now and then. Our goal was to catch the sunrise and the fog that we all thought was going to be covering the field that morning. Who knew there would be almost no fog that morning.... Oh well, life goes on.
It was still a beautifully dreary morning, really set a solid mood for the images. Leslie brought along a very cool old light that was our main focus at our first location that morning. The light was great, but a bit sketchy electrical wise.. That only got worse when the rain came, but with all that came this wonderful shot of Leslie getting electrocuted. She was fine and it made for a good laugh and funny photo.
David and Leslie are two of the most talented people that I know and it was an absolute pleasure working with them on this project. Be sure to check them out and buy The Longing, out now. Also be on the lookout for a live record/DVD in the works that I had the honor of working on along side All Sons and Daughters.
Check out their new album The Longing HERE
It was my absolute pleasure to get the opportunity to photograph Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin for The Hollywood Reporter Magazine. I received a phone call the night prior to she shoot from the magazine asking if I was available for a last minute shoot with an Olympian. The job came at a very busy time for me, but after rearranging a few meetings I was good to go.
The shoot was to take place in Knoxville,TN at the aquatics building at UT where the Olympic swim team had been practicing. This was a very last minute shoot and I was told that I would have 30min with Missy and was given a shot list. Living in Nashville I left the house at around 3:30am to get to Knoxville in time to set up and get ready before Missy arrived.
The last detail I received from the client was that there might be a media day going on at UT in the morning.. I didn't realize the weight of those words until I got on location and found out that it wouldn't be Missy, myself, an assistant and a pool.. It would be all of that plus around 2000 other people.
This had a pretty significant impact on what I could shoot and where I could shoot, but luckily my good friend and fellow photographer Donald Page, the head sports photographer at UT, showed me the one vacant spot in the building that ended up being exactly what I needed. I set up and popped off a few test shots using Donald as a test subject, then took a few minutes to shoot photos of the swim team warming up.
Soon after I found out that I would not have 30min with Missy, but I would have 15min.. Ok, not bad let's do it! Well.... Once Missy arrived (she wasn't swimming that day) I was told that I would have 10 min with her. Fine fine, was almost expecting that.
Missy came over with me and we got down to shooting, keeping in the back of my mind the time frame I was given I worked swiftly. Before I knew it the shoot was over and she off to an interview.
I got the oppertunity to chat with Missy while we shot and I have to say that she is truely a sweet person. Nothing but smiles and joy the whole time, an absolute pleasure to work with. Missy won silver in her first event setting an American record, but today she got her gold! I couldnt be more happy for her and I can't wait to see how many she racks up by the end of her events.
It wasn't until I got home and checked the times on the image data that I realized my 10minutes dwindled down to 5minutes from 1st shot to last. I was happy, the client was happy and I got back to Nashville with 15min to spare before my meeting! Good day indeed!
"Are you going to a disco party?" a man yells out from his car as Greg and I begin to shoot. We both laugh and in my head I think to myself "He has no clue..". You see Greg Banks is not only a man of soulful music ability, but Greg has one of the greatest fashion styles of anyone I know! When he arrived on set you would have thought he'd just walked out of the past, but the great thing is that Greg always dresses this way. Whether Greg is on stage, on set, or on his way to get groceries, he is a man of style!
"My fashion is a mashup between the 20's and the 70's."-Greg Banks
"My music style is Neo-Soul/Funk."-Greg Banks
The name "Big East to Big Apple" came to us while we were shooting in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. Greg was preparing to make a big move the following week to New York City and we wanted to build a story around this chapter in his career and life. So that only meant one thing.. I was headed to NYC!
Just two weeks after we shot in New Orleans, Greg and I were roaming the streets on Brooklyn and Manhattan capturing his new life.
Not too long after we finished up all of the images I found out that American Way Magazine wanted to run a story on Greg and one of our images was going to be used. I have been in several magazines before, but what made this interesting was that American Way is the inflight magazine for American Airlines. How awesome would it be to have everyone on an American Airlines flight see my image, pretty nifty.
The issue is now out so if you are flying American Airlines in the next month, be sure to flip through your inflight magazine to find Greg's article.
Read the article online here: Greg Banks American Way
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