My first ever pro band photo shoot with my favourite band. You can imagine my excitement.
I travelled on the Eurostar to stay with my friend Cindy and as I arrived, first stop was a drive to the tattoo shop. I had said to myself that when I work with a band I would get a tattoo to commemorate. Not an actual band tattoo, but one that would remind me personally of the experience. I went to see Cindy’s friend at Tattoo Mike with a Fleur de Lys design that I really liked.
Funny thing was I didn’t realise the significance of the Fleur de Lys. It’s the symbol for Lille – where I arrived on the Eurostar. That was a bonus for me.
Shortly after my tattoo was done, we would get ready to go to the venue for the photo shoot and show. I was slightly nervous and excited. Lamb of God were there and walking past to catering saying “hey” every time. Very friendly guys. I had never heard them before and was looking forward to the whole show.
As we sat waiting, there was a lady that went up to Cindy and spoke in Dutch, I had no idea what was said but it didn’t look good. Machine Head had cancelled the photo shoot. I was so disappointed. Cindy went to talk to their tour manager to find out what the problem was. I think the press had run over time and so they cancelled the rest. There was then a lot of discussion and people walking back and forth. Suddenly the shoot was on! We had to run upstairs to the lighting area as we were only allowed 5 minutes then the guys would literally go straight to the stage. Now I was really nervous!
A guy called Rudy took a few pictures first, then Cindy and they were about to walk off. They were asked if i was allowed to take just a couple of pictures. I had 2 shots and that was it. But I was very happy for that.
The show was brilliant, and Lamb of God gained a new fan.
After the show we went backstage and sat down, I was feeling very happy with my pictures and the whole day in general. Machine Head then came back to the dressing room, put on some music and wandered around with some beers and were chatting to everyone around. Phil walked past me and saw I had a freshly wrapped tattoo and went to hit me on it as a joke. Dave cracked a beer with me and we had a chat about my trip to Belgium and also that they would be appearing at Download in a few days in the UK and we should hang out.
We left the venue and I was exhausted from the travel, tattoo session and the stress of the shoot/no shoot situation. But went to sleep content and looked forward to editing the pictures when I got home.