Music Photography

music photography in Reedsburg

This music photography is from a Hope Session at Blue Piano Studio in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.  It is described by my friend Shawndell as this – The stripped-down, acoustic performance is recorded old-school, with a stereo mic placed in the middle of the room and instruments/singers placed in proximity based on best mix level.”

“The stripped-down, acoustic performance is recorded old-school, with a stereo mic placed in the middle of the room and instruments/singers placed in proximity based on best mix level.

The musicians in this set are Teddy Dean and Ruthie McQuinn.  Teddy is an American singer /song writer from Madison, Wisconsin.  You can check him out here:  https://www.facebook.com/teddydavenportmusic/.   Ruthie McQuinn is a talented fiddle player and vocalist out of the Madison area as well.  You can find more information about her here:  http://radiowranglers.net/

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This is the creator of ‘Hope Sessions at Blue Piano’, Shawndell Marks.  Her music is amazing, she has won 11 Madison Area Music Associations Awards. In 2017, she was voted best female vocalist by MAMA’s awards.

She now fronts her own original band and is involved with several area music projects including Girls Rock Camp, keyboardist in the Madison Chick Singer Night house band, trio Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets and various studio projects. She has been nominated for 13 Madison Area Music Association awards, including Keyboardist of the Year, Best Cover Band with Gold Dust Women, and Best Vocal Ensemble with GC&BR.

Needless to say, she is legit. :)

Another talented group in this tiny studio were the videographers.  They were from John Urban studio out of Madison, and they had just won a gold ADDY award in film, Video and service online.

So much talent was in such a small room!  I was truly honored to be part of a beautiful evening.

I really don’t know what else to say, but with that large picture of Shawndell next to all of this text, I feel like I should write something more about music photography!

Working with artists gives me a chance to really use my creative side.  Working with different angles and seeing where the shadows lie helps me tell the story of what is happening in front of me.  Generally,  photographing music means that there are no second chances.  Capturing the moment as it is, is all I get.

With this shoot. I used a combination of different techniques.  This shoot started at about 6 p.m, and was done with 100% natural light.  That time of night can be tricky for photography.  It is called the golden hour, and it arrives and leaves very quickly.  As the sun shifted began to loose its intensitiy,  I had to increase my camera’s sensitivity to light.  Adjusting for the light and finding interesting compositions were what I mainly focused on during the shoot.

During post processing, I fixed some of the images to look less grainy, and some of them I left as they were shot.  I also played around with over exposing the highlights  but just a little bit. I wanted to leave some rough edges in the images.  When you look at the images, how do they make you feel?

Take a look at them and let me know what you think.