Playing out with Playing House

Spent an afternoon in sunny South London with this cracking alt-pop trio shooting some press frames.

Playing HouseAug 2016

Not knowing London too well (apart from Big Ben and Liz's gaff, obvs) I relied on the guys to seek out the locations for the shoot so I had to think a lot on the fly, which was fun. I'm a firm believer that you can over-plan things, and sometimes just working with what you have in that moment can inspire you. As I'd travelled by train and were looking to nail a couple of different locations in an afternoon, I made the call to travel light and leave the lighting gear at home, too.

Playing HouseAug 2016

Mel, Killiam and Izzy had a pretty clear idea in mind of what they were after, but there was enough time to be a bit more creative with the setups, too. We started off in a fairly grimey location, round the back of an old blue corrugated sheet building. The textures and colours made for an interesting backdrop, so we spent a good hour playing around with ideas before moving on.

Playing HouseAug 2016

The next two - and arguably best - locations were more by fortune. First we passed a bright blue skip/shipping container which was great for adding a bit of colour to the shots, before we found an awesome tiled wall in the entrance to an apartment block near Elephant and Castle (at least, I THINK it was near Elephant and Castle. I'll be honest, it was probably not near Elephant and Castle, I'm just trying to sound like I know London when I kinda really don't. Elephant and Castle definitely came up in conversation though, so it may well have been near Elephant and Castle. Great name for a place, anyway.)

Playing HouseAug 2016

So yeah, tiled wall - we tried a standard stood-in-a-line setup first of all, which worked but didn't seem to give off much energy. The shots didn't quite feel like they were doing the guys justice. So Mel took it upon herself to start throwing about some flying kicks (as you do) whilst Izzy and Killiam looked on. As bizarre as it may have seemed to onlookers, the end results were pretty good! We finished off with a quick shoot my another random coloured object (door - red) before I jumped on a train up north and watched a documentary about Lego. Wicked.

Playing HouseAug 2016

Was a great day out with the guys, and I'm happy with what we came away with - hopefully I'll get the chance to see the guys again, and having listened to a handful of their tracks I'll definitely be catching one of their live shows. Smart yet slightly dark lyrics, ridiculously catchy melodies (I'm a sucker for an awesome melody), gorgeous harmonies, shameless eighties guitar licks, and Mel's vocal is soulful, striking and sincere (alliteration mic drop).

Playing HouseAug 2016

Head over to the Playing House Facebook page for info and updates. Also, check out the video for the delightful "new haircut" below. Cracking song!

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Categories: Portrait, Portraiture, Promo

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