I'm not very good at keeping this up to date! I thought I would share some of my events work from earlier this year...
I was photographing some live performances of alternative/rock band Syren (now Erin Bennett) in Edinburgh. The first gig I photographed was actually their last performing under the name of Syren, with them now performing under Erin's name...
Erin Bennett is an award winning singer-songwriter/producer. Her live performances as former front woman for all female-power trio Syren have enthralled audiences and music journalists alike.
In 2010, Erin recorded and produced Syren album 'Something Has To Separate'. The release was delayed due to the untimely passing of Erin's wife and Syren drummer Joanne Heeley.
Erin has collaborated with UK DJ/Producer Darren Bailie (responsible for the smash-hit 'Infinity2008') for the re-working of the classic house track 'Hide U' by Kosheen. 'Hide U 2012', put together by Darren Bailie and Ronen Dahan, is available for download from ITunes.
Single 'Never Give Up The Fight won the 'Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year' award in 2012 (Scottish New Music Awards). Erin wrote the song in memory of Jo Heeley and her struggle with breast cancer.
That same year Erin temporarily resurrected Syren with new musicians when asked to open several shows for legendary prog-rock band Hawkwind.
Above and below are some of my favourite images from both gigs I photographed. The first was at Henry's Cellar Bar, a popular underground venue in Edinburgh for alternative bands and clubs nights.
Erin's passionate performances make her a great act to photograph, I'm sure you agree the energy of her performance is apparent in these images. For the second gig at Bannermans Bar, a popular rock venue on Edinburgh's cowgate, Erin and the band played a powerful performance once again to the fans and bar regulars alike.
I like to shoot prominently with natural light at concert venues, depending on the venue this usually looks the most dramatic and eye catching. Of course this isn't always possible with extremely low lit venues and energetic bands, but with Bannermans as an example, the stage area being in part of Edinburgh's old underground, there is plenty of low ceilings to bounce light off with interesting results. As long as you get a good balance of natural and artificial light, you can't go wrong.
I will hopefully be shooting with Erin again later in the year, with her continuing to promote her solo work after Syren. I wish Erin and the band the best of luck and watch this space for more images of the band in action!
More event and concert work can be seen here in my Events gallery.