Here it is everyone. My second post in less than 24 hours. Don’t get too used to it though. With the warmer weather upon us, I don’t see myself getting any less busy. Like I said in the previous post, I got to photograph a fist fight in a parking lot. What I actually meant was that I got to shoot the band Fist Fight in the Parking Lot. With a band name like that, the idea for a brawl immediately came to mind when I was asked to do the shoot. So we scheduled a date at an abandoned supermarket parking lot in Lawrenceville, and the rest is history.
With the shoot date approaching we procured the services of Lindsay “Ginger” Dickison, a very talented makeup artist. Ginger used her fingers, brushes and some makeup to beat, batter and bruise the four band members. They all had realistic cuts, scrapes, bruises and one really nasty looking bloody ear.
I started shooting a few candids just to get a take on the light (that huge glowing ball in the sky) that we had to work with. We wound up shooting at various settings due to the constantly changing light. There was sun, and then there was clouds. Over and over it kept changing. Just to loosen them up a bit I had them stage (yep you guessed it) a fist fight in the parking lot.
After grabbing a few (maybe 100 or so) shots in the parking lot, we went around to the back of the building to get out of the sun and play around at the loading dock area which is nicely run-down. This is where I pulled out a Nikon SB700 flash and set it up on a stand. The SB700 combined with the on-camera flash filled in the shadow areas and gave me a nice, even lighting. We wound up with some awesome individual shots with the remaining three members “fighting” in the out-of-focus background.
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After the head-shots we tried the old “band in front of a wall” shots, and came up with this.
Ginger and Abby came up with the thought of capturing a shot of Abby spitting blood. So I switched to continuous high-speed on the camera and we tried a few attempts. The shot you see below was one of my favorites from that series.
After spitting the blood a few times, Abby needed to wash out the taste. So we headed down the street to New Amsterdam, a very cool bar on the main drag in Lawrenceville. We had a few adult refreshments, and I shot some more individuals from behind the bar. Eventually, I got the band together at a table and took a few group shots. Here’s the best of those photos.
A good time was had by all. I can’t wait to work with Ginger again. She did a great job on the makeup. Come back soon to see some shots from Fist Fight’s most recent live show.
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