Portraits: Semi Precious Weapons

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

While it was freshly swept, I had my reservations: there's only so clean a club's tile floor can be. And yet, when I asked the members of Semi Precious Weapons to lie down, they were on all fours before I could even finish the sentence.

No one blinked when I asked guitarist Stevy Pyne to ride singer Justin Tranter, either. That's rock ‘n roll. That's Semi Precious Weapons.

Just before they took the stage, I caught up with the glam rock heroes to do a quick ‘n dirty shoot, starting in the green room.

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

For a performer who can drop into the splits just as fast as he'll wink at you, Justin held the above pose as if it were the most natural thing in the world. I'm pretty sure he could take a nap like this.

After the green room, we moved into the club itself to a section that was closed off to the public for a contrasting look.

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Semi Precious Weapons: Portraits

Photographer's Notes:

Semi Precious Weapons and I have been wanting to do a shoot since the last time they were in town, but it didn't all come together until this session.

Everyone in the band is great, so this was a really fun and easy shoot. Justin Tranter in particular is a superlative subject for the lens – he's a superstar on-stage, off-stage, and everywhere in between.

We did all of these shots with two to three SB-600s, with the Nikon SB-900 acting as the wireless commander on the Nikon D3. The Nikon 14-24mm and Nikon 24-70mm.

End Notes:

I can't wait to photograph these guys again. Moreover, I'm really excited to see them achieve all the success they deserve. I have the feeling 2009 is going to be big for this band, and I wish them all the best.

My Camera DSLR and Lenses for Concert Photography

Nikon Z 7:
I use two Nikon Z 7 for my live music photography. A true do-it-all mirrorless camera with amazing AF, great speed and fantastic resolution.


Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8S:
The 24-70mm is my go-to lens. The range is ideal for stage front photography and the image quality is superb.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR:
A perfect pair to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, I can basically shoot any job with the midrange and this lens. Superb image quality.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8:
Ultra-wide perspective, ridiculously sharp even wide open at f/2.8. I love using this lens up-close and personal, where it excels.

See My Full Kit for Concert Photography

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