I was contacted by Sandra Swannell to about a month ago to do some promotional photos for their band "My Sweet Patootie". I knew right away that with a name like that they would have to be a fun bunch... and boy were they fun! I hardly had to say a word... they just did their thing and there were non-stop photos to be had! In fact, it was hard to shoot at times because they made me laugh so hard!
My Sweet Patootie is a trio made up of Terry Young (guitar/vocals), Sandra Swannell (violin/vocals) and Bradford Nowak (percussion/vocals). As we were shooting they would just fire up and make songs up about the shoot... Terry's lyrics had us all in stitches!
I can't even begin to describe such a unique, complex and personality packed band, but I would say that this quote from their bio sums it up quite well: "High on the Niagara Escarpment, surrounded by sheep and dairy farmers, My Sweet Patootie creates songs that celebrate the quirkiness of rural and small town life. Whether it's cheeky finger-snapping swing or moving ballads, their songs have a universal message of living a simple life with charity, thrift, humour, thankfulness, stewardship, community and a passion for one's work."
Thanks to the band for being absolutely amazing to work with, you guys are great!!
I could not have managed this shoot without the help of Dan Mccracken. It was great to work with someone as excited about photography as I am! Thanks so much for your help Dan!
For the photo geeks out there...
I picked this location specifically for the rolling hills and because the sun sets directly behind the hills- thus behind my subjects. Unfortunately, the sun did not show up for us... so I had to take matters into my own hands to create the look I wanted. Any of the shots that appear to be backlit by a warm sun are actually created by using a second light with an elinchrom deep octa with the gold deflector placed inside to warm up the light. By keeping the light just barely out of the shot I was able to create the illusion of sunlight.
Here are a few of the shots I really liked...