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I don’t know too many musicians, let alone eleven-piece bands, who are willing to spend an entire day shooting promos in the freezing cold. Enter EMEFE, an indie groove band from New York. I first met the guys at a wedding of all places. Other than the fact that there are eleven of them, two things immediately stood out; one, every member is extremely talented and two, they collectively kick some serious afrobeat ass.

As is typical for my band portraits, we worked together to nail down the creative direction in advance. If everyone isn’t on the same page on shoot day, it’s a colossal waste of time and money. Add to the mix temperatures in the low 30s and you’ve got yourself a downright mess. So, in order to maximize the number of looks and avoid frostbite, we planed the entire day from start to finish.

Here are a few of my favorites from our chilly promo shoot.

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This is one of my first portraits with the Nikon’s new 85mm. It’s a tiny bit slow to focus, but as they say, “Good things come to those who wait.” 1/500, at f/2.0, ISO200. Nikon D3 + Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF-S.

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How do you fit eleven guys into a hallway that barely passes NYC fire code?  Clearly, I have absolutely no idea.

 (Chris Owyoung / www.onelouderphoto.com)  (Chris Owyoung / www.onelouderphoto.com)

This is “the band  shot” – easily the largest group of musicians I’ve photographed for a promotional portrait. The spacing is a little tight, but I’m happy with how all of the guys look.

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It’s important not to rush things. After all, some of the best shots are taken during the downtime either in between locations, or while taking a break for lunch.

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  1. Nice shots as always!

  2. Loving the look of the pictures :D

    • Thanks David, I’ve been playing around with some vintage toning.

  3. Portraits of EMEFE from a freezing cold day in Riverside Park – http://bit.ly/f9TzCH

  4. RT @chrisowyoung: Portraits of EMEFE from a freezing cold day in Riverside Park – http://bit.ly/f9TzCH

  5. Mike

    Hey Chris,
    First off- great shots! even the transition shots look great.

    I was just curious, are you always looking through the camera for a shot? Or do you just take a few shots on the way to lunch and call it a day?

    • Hey Mike,

      I’m not always looking through the viewfinder. More often I’m just looking for my next shot or directing things such that the next shot can happen naturally.

  6. Brilliant shots Chris, amazing how many guys can be in a band and I thought 6 is enough.

    Especially like the pizza and corridor shots.