I was contacted by Allen “King of the Oldies” Hill to inquire if I might be available to come to the Continental Club and shoot some promo shots for the new incarnation of the El Orbits.
Since David Beebe is about to undergo surgery on his voice box he will be taking a hiatus from the band for about a year.
Thomas Escalante, lead singer for Clouseaux, has already moved in to the lead singer position with David doing backing vocals and playing bass. With David gone the vocals are covered but there is a need for bass guitar. That’s where Allen comes in.
With all these changes there’s a need for new promotional material, hence the request for my photographic services.
Truth be told, I was pretty nervous. I don’t mind going out and shooting casually because there’s nothing riding on the results. When shooting on spec there is an expectation and failure means disappointment for more than just the photographer.
Still, it was an opportunity I wanted to take advantage of and I agreed to do it.
The results were not everything I had hoped for. I don’t own professional lighting gear and they wanted the picture on the stage at the Continental Club and the lighting there is pretty bad.
My current photographic preference is to shoot without a flash. This results in shots that are a tad grainy and “soft”, but look cool when reduced in size. In hindsight I should have shot a few with the flash just so they would have had that as an option.
I sent over the files from the images I thought were most usable and Allen determined that this one would do the trick:
In other photographic news I sold another picture at Sig’s Lagoon. I’ve doubled my sales revenue!