Leeds Band Photography by McFade Photography!
As well as photographing everything and anything, I also play piano and keyboards in 2 bands – one being the Blues Brother’s tribute band “Sweet Home Chicago”.
The Band got a fantastic brass section comprising of Greg, Sam and Chris, and they seem to be in about 1000 bands between them. So they got most of the members together last week for a shoot with me. Where else but the darkest, moodiest place in Leeds – the Dark Arches… perfect.
Was quite a windy day to say the least, raining like hell too, so most of the photos were taken inside the arches, then we went to the new footbridge over the Aire for a few as well.
They’re all taken with 2 or 3 speedlite flashes, we needed 3 to create light on the musicians and also light the background, in many of the shots. To add variety, each “section” of the bands had a different backdrop, so I was effectively doing about 10 totally different lighting set-ups in 2 hours, quite a challenge!
Processing was mainly done using a cool portrait style I created, then a few were tweaked and meddled with in Photoshop.
All in all, a slightly mental but enjoyable shoot
Here’s a selection from the day – click on any image for a gallery page to pop up
So if you are in a band and need some cool photographs, be it Leeds, Bradford or anywhere in the UK, give us a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get your profile raised!