Shooting an album cover is pressure!

I had a photo shoot this past Sunday with a band making their second "Grand Opening" due to unforeseen restrictions that kept them apart.  I shot their live show a month ago at the Farmer's Market up by The Grove.  They are very talented and have something different to offer Los Angeles crowds at the least.  

I always enjoy shooting with bands.  Wether it be lifestyles or live shows... especially small intimate shows like the Farmer's Market show.  My oldest brother, John, has been in many bands throughout his career and I've photographed all of them since I have seriously picked up a camera.  I'm used to this.  I can handle the banter, the dirty raunchy jokes, the attitudes, the diva's, the emotions and the uncomfortable moments.  But this past Sunday, I experienced something I never have before.

I was dawned with the task of shooting the album cover for Molly Hanmer & The Midnight Tokers new upcoming album.  Knowing this threw me for a bit of a loop.  I don't usually set out to photograph for something so specific like this.  I always go out and shoot, feel out the vibe and see what the universe delivers to me.  Then I figure out what I want to do with it.  

This was certainly a new challenge... and I was up for it.  We shot for hours until everyone was pretty much burnt out.  We think we got the coveted album cover shot, but I can't promise anything until I physically see it.  You'll have to check back soon to see what happens...

Here are some photos we took throughout the day.  More in my portfolio on this site.

"Hey there are three tiny chairs over there... and there are three of us!" or... "Dave!  The cops!  Your car!"  Either one sums up this shot.

"Hey there are three tiny chairs over there... and there are three of us!" or... "Dave!  The cops!  Your car!"  Either one sums up this shot.

Laughs all day...

Laughs all day...

There was a giant Sandlot Hercules dog behind that door growling at us... hence Molly's face.  

There was a giant Sandlot Hercules dog behind that door growling at us... hence Molly's face.