April 15, 2009 – Taking a quick break from tearing around on the AP Tour 2009, I caught up with The Maine for a portrait shoot. This was a 6:00pm shoot and we caught the light just as it started to warm on the horizon.
These guys were easy to work with, a fact that never goes unappreciated during a photo shoot. While I think of myself primarily as a concert photographer, I'm having a blast working with bands on this level and diving in with portraits.
I always like to do individuals when I shoot bands, if possible, and this session was no exception. While the group shots may often feature the lead singers or founding members more prominently, individuals are a nice way to give everyone a little spotlight time.
For this setup, we used a set of four SB-600s as remotes, controlled by an SB-900 on-camera. This was a pretty basic setup, with a “four-corner” approach – two backlights behind the subjects camera-right and left, and two of the SB-600s fired into 45″ umbrellas in front.
Rounding out the gear, the Nikon D3 and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 did the trick.
As a bonus, you can check out a super-quick slice of video the Maine uploaded on their Buzznet account that gives you a little atmosphere for this shoot:
Big thanks to my assistants Dave and DJ on this one, as well as to the band and everyone at Fearless Records. The fine folks at Fearless really made this a breeze and were nothing but wonderful to work with.