I was lucky enough to work with the wonderful Lucy Spraggan at the back end of 2015 on her Tour and EP artwork.
The first of our two shoots was back in October. I met Lucy at her new home in Stockport, which she was in the middle of renovating with her dad. After discussing concepts and rattling through some quick white- wall and brick-wall set up using vacant rooms, we headed out into some woodland not far from Lucy's home to get some location shots. We found a fairly quiet footpath to base our shots, and tried a handful of different set ups - primarily using diffused beauty-dish as a primary light, with a second gelled flashed used as a hair light. Was mega happy with the results - managed to give the shots a nice autumnal whilst avoiding the clich
A couple of months Lucy invited me back to shoot the artwork for her next EP, which I was massively stoked about! The EP was to be entitled "Home", and Lucy was keen to run with a travelling theme. Again we met up at Lucy's new gaff, before heading out to our location. We tried a few basic set ups at a bus stop, before moving to a nearby railway station. We were getting some good stuff, but the shoot peaked when we managed to get onboard a train. We found a fairly empty carriage, and had about 3 minutes to nail the shot before we arrived at the next station on the line. Thankfully there was some really nice light coming through the window, and the 'weathered' train interior made for a nice contrast. This another shoot where my Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens really came into it's own. I can't explain it, but the shots just seem to 'pop' so much more when I use Sigma glass. Need to get more! Anyway... Shots nailed, we headed into a local coffee shop for brew before heading back to Lucy's place to review the shots.
Working with Lucy was awesome. She very much calls a spade a spade - or something far more appropriate! She has a devilishly blunt sense of humour which I instantly warmed to, and made it very easy for us to have a bit of a laugh whilst shooting, which certainly helped.
Massive thanks to Lucy, Ben, Lucy's awesome fiancée Georgina who did a cracking job of styling, and my fantastic assistant Fern. Oh, and Steve - Lucy's crazy dog - for the laughs!
If you get chance, be sure to head down to one of Lucy's current dates, and the "Home" EP is available on iTunes now.