Caught up with the guys from White Royal back in spring to shoot their latest press shots, and had an absolute ball.
White Royal are a fantastic ambient-pop trio from Leeds, who were mid way through recording their debut album when we met up at Duke St. Studios in Leeds. The guys had a very specific concept in mind for the shoot, which was going to require the facilities of a studio.
It'd been quite a while since I'd done anything in a photography studio. The bulk of the portrait work I've done has been either on location, or done using my portable lighting setup to create a faux-studio. Given many bands and artists are often working to tight budgets, a full studio can be an unnecessary luxury, so it was nice to have the opportunity to work in a proper studio environment again.
Having reacquainted myself with the studio setup (kindly documented by the guys on Instagram), we set about shooting a handful of different setups utilising the grey paper backdrop. For the first time in a while, I shot tethered (direct to my laptop) meaning I could apply some basic processing on the fly and give the band opportunity to review the shots as we went along, to ensure we were getting what we wanted (again, documented on Instagram). The other huge benefit to shooting tethered in a studio is the ability to fire up Spotify to lighten the mood. The album of choice? Kendrick Lamar, obviously.
Huge thanks to White Royal - they were great to work with. Had a good laugh, everyone seemed really relaxed on the shoot, and this meant we could really focus on getting the shots we want. I'll be keeping an eye out for the next tour, as I'm mega keen to check these guys out live. Be sure to check them out on Facebook.
Massive thanks to Jade for assisting, too. Check out her work here - she's awesome.