After months - maybe years - of discussing doing a shoot, me and Tia finally managed to get into the studio, and it was rad.
Despite talking about doing a shoot for at least a year, when push came to shove we only had a very short window to actually do the shoot. Tia was in the process of ending her Yorkshire tenure and moving back to Wales (SAD FACE), and had only just got back from touring Oz with the Pirates of the Carabina Circus (she sings and plays the guitar whilst balancing on a giant hoop in the air and stuff. Mad sh*t.) We literally had one evening to do the shoot, so pooled our resources and pulled in some short-notice favours (thank you Brian and Tracey) to sort a makeshift last-minute studio.
For the photo geeks out there, all these portraits were shot with a single light through a big-ass octobox, and my kick-ass Sigma 35mm f1.4.
I was surprised how well the portraits came out given my lack of experience in this particular niché, and Tia did a great job with my substantial lack of direction. Portraiture with one subject is a very different beast to the music photography I'm used to - asking four lads to decide between who's not having their hands in their pockets, who's looking where, and whether or not to smile is a lot easier than proper model direction. note to self, must try harder. Need to ensure I build some momentum with my portraiture, so if you know someone who wants to give it a go, hit me up!
To end, I want to wish Tia the best of luck in her new-old life back home. If you see her touring, she's worth a visit - amazingly talented musician with a killer voice. Very much Yorkshire's loss - head back soon, m'dear!
Head over to Tia's facebook page to and check out some of her singings. She's awesome.