January 24th, 2012LiveTags: 2012, band, brisbane, brisbane band, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, foster the people, gig, last dinosaurs, Live, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, rave magazine, stage, the tivoli, toumpas
October 25th, 2011published
This week one of my photos is on the cover of Rave magazine. This was a pretty crazy shoot with the band urgently needing a press session and potential cover shot done during a very hectic time for me. Our only option where the whole band and I were available was a night shoot midweek. To keep the costs down, the band also decided on not hirign a studio but chose to shoot with my paper roll at home instead. Usually I can shoot these types of shots in my living room/ home studio, but as we wanted to play with flicking paint the Mrs and the housemates banished me to the backyard. This shoot happened during winter. Needless to say the band were troopers standing in the backyard at 10pm with wet, cold paint and no jumpers. I think it was worth it.
Before the paint set up we shot some other options and this appears along with their interview inside.Tags: band, bloodpoets, brisbane band, brisbane photographer, cover, elleni toumpas, musician, rave magazine
July 12th, 2011Band portraits
So Rave magazine is turning 1000. Their next issue is their 1000th issue in 20 years. On Friday 15th July they are having a mega birthday party and ONE of the headliner acts is a Brisbane megaband that has been appropriately named the BrisBand Experience. The band consists of a melting pot of members from current and past local bands including Katie Noonan (george), Steve Pope (drummer with Kate Miller-Heidke, transport), Thomas Murphy (Bloodpoets), Dan James (Drawn from Bees), Caleb James (Rhubarb), Tony Garret (The Boat People) and Ben Dalton (Hungry Kids of Hungary).
As Rave wanted to feature this band on the cover of their 999th issue, and as this band being a one off effort did not have any press shots, I was given the task to shoot the cover and inlay shots for the issue. This was one of those sessions that I had to bring the studio to the band. With all the band members currently doing other projects we had only ONE 2 hour period where the whole band could be in the once place at the one time….in the rehearsal studio TWO days before the issue hit the newstands.
So with a portable studio in tow and armed with concepts, plans and back up plans I was able to shoot the cover shot and inlay shots PLUS back up shots in the rehearsal room next door to the space the band were rehearsing in.
Tags: 20th birthday, Band portraits, Ben Dalton, brisbane band, Caleb James, cover, Dan James, elleni toumpas, front cover, Katie Noonan, photographer, photography, published, rave magazine, Steve Pope, the zoo, Thomas Murphy, Thousand in Twenty, Tony Garret
March 30th, 2011Live
In February I was given the heads up that DZ Deathrays (previously just DZ) were playing a house party at Taringa. I went along thinking it was being filmed for a film clip, however turns out instead it was the audio being recorded for their upcoming EP.
Tags: 2011, brisbane band, brutal tapes, concert, dz, dz deathrays, elleni toumpas, EP Recording, gig, house party, Live, music, taringa