Epica in London

Last month, Epica came to London to do press for their album ‘The Quantum Enigma‘ – which is due for release on May 2nd. I was booked to shoot for their Terrorizer interview. The setting? To go to one of London’s tourist hotspots and shoot Simone and Mark in a political style. Definitely something that you wouldn’t normally see in any of their other pictures! Parliament Square was the location of choice – as you can imagine – it was very very busy. Being there with my camera equipment could have also been quite tricky, but it ended up going very well and I was pleased with the results. It was very very cold that day (unlike the sunshine and light winds that the forecasters predicted). This image didn’t make the feature, so I can share it with you – one of my favourites. Simone and Mark hadn’t seen Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament before, so they really enjoyed walking around the shoot location too. We found a phone box and did a few fun pictures that you will also see in the Magazine. Simone found the classic London red phone box, and we laughed as it reminded […]

An hour with Jon & Stu from Iced Earth

Back in October of last year, I went to Terrorizer HQ to shoot with Jon Schaffer and Stu Block from Iced Earth. The pics, for an interview piece in the Magazine. Now that the interview is published I can share with you some more pictures and fun memories from the shoot. Well, to start with, they didn’t actually know they were having a shoot! Jon and Stu arrived wrapped up like it was arctic outside! So we improvised with no change of clothing or styling products. To be honest, they didn’t need it as their personalities spoke louder than anything else. They recounted crazy press stories; one, where they literally bounced on the beds at hotel rooms while being interviewed. Their ‘Virate’ patches intrigued me. The explanation? They are Viking Pirates – Virates. Apparently, only the guys on their crew have the privilege of such an honour. Two women have ‘Vagirate’ patches (needs no explanation). These women are particularly cool and hang with the band backstage. “Not like that!!” Stu insisted, “These women have earned the patches, with no prenetration involved! They’re just really cool people who dig the music”. Jon looked like a wrestler, apparently he gets that a […]

Heaven is a Place for Thrash?

Exhumed founding member, Matt Harvey, is interviewed surrounding the band’s 6th studio album release ‘Necroracy‘┬áin the latest issue of Terrorizer Magazine (#239). I shot with him for the feature and we had a good old natter. After a stint of European shows, watching Iron Maiden in Amsterdam, then onto London during the 2 week break – for the feature shoot and some time out, before going back out on the road, Matt was on around 4 days/nights with very little sleep. Of course he demanded beer before we got started. He sank 2 of the bastards before I even made a test shot! 3 Things you didn’t know about Matt Harvey: On tour, Matt states that he’s ‘Vegan’. “It means we get more of a varied, healthy diet” he said. Though when the band received a buy-out, Matt headed to the nearest steak house, salivating, and he got found out! He went on to tell me that he enjoys cooking, especially hot/spicy dishes. Matt suggested the ‘Psycho Nuts’ that I told you guys about the other week, could be used in an Oriental style meal with chicken, rice, ginger… (he then reeled off a very impressive list of herbs and […]

This Little Piggy..went on Tour

One of my favourite things about doing photo shoots (other than the photography of course) is hanging out with my more ‘well known’ clients and finding out quirky fun things about them that you wouldn’t necessarily see in a magazine or any other form of media. Yesterday I shot with Guthrie Govan for Rotosound Music. There was a tiny window of opportunity in his travels from Italy, where he came home to the UK before heading off to the USA today – an endless scene of hotel rooms and tour vans. We managed to grab a portion of that time. I got on really well with Guthrie when we last shot some pics back in 2010. We recounted the memories of our last shoot and lunch ordeal afterwards at the local pub in Hackney as we walked past 3 years later – it’s nice when really busy people get together after a long time and pick up where they left off. While setting up, Guthrie got out his new Charvel guitar. Beautiful instrument! Then he got all excited as he pulled out of his guitar case a plastic toy piggy that squeaked and snorted when you squeezed its belly. Hilarious! […]