James Bay (the one with the wicked hat) has had a meteoric rise over the past 12 months, but for one reason or another I've managed to miss every previous opportunity to photograph him.
Singer-songwriters can present some interesting challenges for photographers. For starters, you have just the one subject, so straight away you've a hit to the variety of shots you can get (don't get me wrong, you can shoot session or touring musicians but often they're not really key to a brief). Furthermore, If you've an artist who doesn't really move around at all, then again your options become limited. When this is the case, it helps when you're shooting in a decent, well-lit venue like Manchester Apollo.
I opted to shoot the second of two nights at the Apollo with the hope that the photopit wouldn't be quite as busy. This meant I could take full advantage of the great variety of shooting angles at the Apollo without worrying too much about having to wrestle with other photographers.
James Bay was on top form, with a confident swagger akin to his raise to fame. Whenever he wasn't singing he was interacting with the crowd or the band. Not only was this great to shoot, but it was a refreshing change to shoot an animated singer-songwriter.