Archives for August, 2009

My Friend Alice

I really like shooting special photographs of my close friends to keep as memories that reflect their personalities but this isn’t an easy thing to do because I don’t ever want them to feel uncomfortable or force the photo because I want to really capture them in the shots so that they are personal. I have said to Keli that I want to shoot a photo with her for ages but it has just never ever happened and I have never been happy with the ideas that I have had until today. It was Keli’s birthday and she dressed up as Alice from Alice in Wonderland which seemed fitting to how she is so I decided (assisted by Warren Zanin) to create a fantasy theme under some bushes in their back garden with some props and this is the result.

I have always been asked what my setups are and I have so little time that I never ever show them but decided that I would make the effort for this one because I have just been sent a photo of me shooting this shot and I think its funny. Basically I used 4 X Nikon SB-800’s for this shot with the main light going through a Rayhead Ring Flash and then only the fill light on camera right being shot through an umbrella to fill in the space under the bush.

I really like this shot and would love to hear what you think of it so feel free to let me know if you have the time even if its just questions regarding this shoot. Below is the final photo then a rough setup diagram and then a photo of me working on this shoot.

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Currently listening to : The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.

Mad Hatters Portraits

It was my friends birthday so we had a Mad Hatters fancy dress tea party today to celebrate and just all spend time together on bank holiday weekend. It was a super time and for once I decided to take my camera with and shoot some portraits of each of our friends and they came out quite cool with the background that we created. Just good fun.

Obviously I shot quite a few and they are all good so I wont put them all up but these are my 7 favourites so far. Let me know what you think.

I hope you are all well. Marcus

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Currently listening to : Tiger Army – Power of Moonlight.

Roadtripping through Belgium

My misses and I spent a few days in Belgium this week and it was our first time there but definitely not our last. It was super cool and we had a really good time. My worst part about traveling is that I battle to shoot photographs because I hate shooting a photo of a spot just because we are there as most of the time that is when the light is absolutely terrible and there is normally a million tourist around just getting in the way. Haha. I sound so stupid moaning but it really is hard for me because I want to capture the places we see but I don’t want to just shoot happy snaps. It’s really hard for me but I did shoot quite a few on some 120 film which I will process soon but I thought I would post these few which I do actually like.

These were taken in Brussels and Bruges.

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Currently listening to : Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place.

Starseed Album Artwork

I just got a mail from the guys in Starseed with the artwork for their album Peace Machine (out now) and it really came out super good. I like it lots and feel proud to have worked with them. Super cool guys.

Here is the front and back of the cd inlay as well as the center with one of my photos in it.

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Currently listening to : Placebo – Speak in Tongues.

Hope and State MySpace

About a month or so ago, I shot some photos with a super cool bunch of guys (and girl) from the band Hope and State and yesterday they launched their new myspace which looks super cool and has my photographs all over it.

Here are 2 photos and then a screen grab of their myspace layout as well as their profiles.

Hope you are all well. Marcus

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Currently listening to : The Get Up Kids – Stay Gold, Ponyboy.

Interview about my work with Bluntmag

A few weeks ago, the editor from Bluntmag regarding my photograph and the work that I am doing in the music industry here in London. I always feel weird with stuff like this because I don’t ever want to come across arrogant or anything like that because I don’t think I am “cool” for doing what I do, I just love it so much.

Anyway, you can read the interview (please do) online for free at http://www.bluntmag.co.za/people/features/?article_id=2317. I think it came out pretty cool and it contains some information about how I started out. It was fun thinking back to those days.

Below is the front page of the article as well as some of the band photographs that feature in the article (including Bloc Party, Papa Roach, Rise Against, Swivelfoot, Zebra and Giraffe, Taking Back Sunday, Nofx, Juliette Lewis and The Gaslight Anthem). I hope you like it. Please let me know what you think.

Chat soon, Marcus

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Currently listening to : Mutemath – Clockwork

My Criminal Damage Ad in Drapers

I just got an MMS from one of the guys at Criminal Damage with a pic of a full page advert that I shot for them that is currently in Drapers Magazine. The two models are Natalie McQueen from Farewell City and Alfie Scully from We Are The Ocean, both super cool bands.

This is the photo. I hope you are all well. M

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Currently listening to : Mutemath – Goodbye

Portrait of my Misses

I had a really cool shoot with the guys from a band called Wildcard this passed Friday and even though I was limping around like a fool (wakeboarding injury), it was really a good time. The guys are super cool and I have not seen a new (up and coming) band so dedicated as they are so early in their journey. It is really a pleasure to witness and I always feel proud and excited to be a part of something like this.

Anyway, the location was close to my wife’s work so I asked her to meet up with us after her day and she did. The last location we shot at was in this really cool tunnel and I thought it would be funny to dress my girl up in the bands (and my) clothes so I could photograph her being a fake band member. I really like this photo of her just while I was light testing so I had to put it up.

She’s my everything. Check out Wildcard if you have a chance but you will definitely be hearing more of them in the future.

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Currently listening to : Brand New – The Archer’s Bows Have Broken

Criminal Damage POS

I shot a bunch of stuff for the guys at Criminal Damage the other day for them to use in some up and coming adverts and point of sale (POS) marketing material. It is pretty standard and pretty plain in a white studio with a few members from bands that they support so it’s really not like the normal stuff I shoot but I had a good time working with the guys (and girl). These are a few of the photographs from the shoot so you can get an idea of what they were looking for. There are currently a few different full page adverts running in several magazines including this months Front and Drapers so be on the lookout for them. I will do my best to upload some of the tearsheets shortly as soon as I get more of them.

Featured in the images below are Jake Robbins (Out Of Sight), Ben Husted (Out Of Sight), Natalie McQueen (Farewell City) and Alfie Scully (We Are The Ocean). All very cool bands worth checking out.

If you have the time, be sure to check out some of my band photography on www.londonbandphotography.co.uk or my photography portfolio on www.marcusmaschwitz.co.uk

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