I love my job.
I was recently shot the legendary Mick Jones with Foreigner, a band whose music I’ve been listening to for literally my entire life. It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of Foreigner 4, the #1 album that in 1981, solidified the band’s place in rock’n’roll history. Foreigner celebrated the event with an intimate live show for some of their biggest fans. My assignment included portraits and live concert photography; here are a few of my fav’s from both halves.
The stage door shot (above) is one of a handful on my client’s “required shot” list. Normally, I avoid shooting the same location like the plague, but the door is the only original part of the building left after renovation, so every band at the venue does a shot in front of it.
I wanted something more dynamic than a flat wall shot. Accomplishing this meant packing the guys tightly and lighting them low such that only a small amount of light hit the door. I further removed the band from the background by shooting wide open at f/2.8 and dimming the ambient light as much as possible. The soft light quality and crazy catch lights are thanks to a large Westcott stripbank positioned directly underneath the lens.
Sometimes you come across things on set that just beg to be incorporated; cheesy as it is, I had to include one of Foreigner’s road cases. Here, the band is cross-lit by a Profoto head fired into Westcott’s new 7′ silver parabolic umbrella, and a Dynalite 2050 head fitted with barndoors and a 1/2 CTO gel. The Westcott parabolic umbrella is quickly becoming one of my favorite lighting modifiers. It’s easier to set up than the Paul C. Buff version and the quality of light is superb.
Whenever I’m on a tight schedule (and/or budget), I try to keep the lighting simple so I can get multiple arrangements out of the same setup with as few adjustments as possible.
For their live set, Foreigner pulled out all the stops. The band performed a 13-song set comprised of the greatest hits from their nine album catalog.