I did a shoot back in October for the band Hellogoodbye. I found out about 4 days before they came through while I was on vacation. I was with my family in Hilton Head, South Carolina when Alternative Press contacted me about it. Due to the fact I had a shoot in Ohio in two days for Hit The Lights and now this shoot, I was nervous.

The day of the shoot came, I had to work that day until 5 and the shoot was at 6:15. I had to go to Cleveland, so that clearly wouldn’t work. I decided to take a few hours off of my pay and leave early. I gathered all necessary gear that I need, which included, but is not limited to:

  • Canon EOS 5D
  • Canon EF 50mm F/1.4
  • 6 Alienbee Flashes (only used three)
  • 6 Alienbee stands (some assorted ones as well
  • 10 Foot backdrop
  • Backdrop support system
  • One Octabox, two softboxes and two stripboxes
  • Beauty Dish
  • Sand Bags
  • MacBook Pro

I packed all of that gear as well as the props (scene in the photo) into my small little Mitsubishi Lancer. I got there, had no where to park and couldn’t get ahold of their tour manager. I finally got a hold of him and got a spot in the back lot behind their bus. I unloaded all of my gear and placed it in any random spot I could find. We had no where to shoot. The back of the House of Blues is very busy and it leaves small amounts of space to shoot. Since I was shooting on a 10 foot background with a 50mm lens, I needed as much room as I could get. Luckily, we destroyed the green room and made it happen.

We spent about an hour destroying the electronics I bought, along the way Forest, the singer, cut his playing finer on a circuit board, not once, but three times. I was to blame for him being injured of course – good job Aaron. We got ready to shoot and all went well! I shot for about 3 minutes and called it a day!

Below are the original photo and the final photo!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

  1. clean your senor! haha
    good luck with andrew WK this friday
    and make sure you punch vargo in the balls for me.


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