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Cristina Scabbia collaborates with SCA!

I love it when I can finally share things that have been going on behind the scenes. This collaboration has been a few months in the making with emails and conversations. Finally we can share it.

Seventh Circle Artworks are now working with Lacuna Coil‘s front-woman Cristina Scabbia!

So exciting!

SCA have issued a press release with details of the collaboration. Cristina is excited to be on board and has already discussed great ideas for her collection; which will be the first SCA release for 2013, and taking on a more feminine style.

Cristina says, “I LOVE skulls but it would have to be something different, definitely not biker style but more classy…with balls!”

We met up with her before Lacuna Coil’s sold out show, in London’s KoKo venue, for her initial photo shoot – the decor and layout was perfect for her style; red & black, velvet and quilted leather. Very decadent.

(view from the desk during sound check)

The ‘Ace of Spades‘ ring is proving a popular design at the moment, as you would have read from my previous post with Pepper Keenan and the Down shoot. Cristina wears it in the above photo, but this one is actually hers (you will also be pleased to hear I have a replacement for my one that Pepper “borrowed” ;)).

SCA expect Cristina’s Colletion to be a great success, along with their previous female collaborations with Nina Kate (top alternative model & clothing designer) and her ‘Jane Doe’ Jewellery Collection and Tairrie B Murphy’s (vocalist from My Ruin) ‘Mi Ruina Por Vida’ rings.

(Alex Palmer – owner of SCA, with Cristina Scabbia)

There are also some other lovely ladies that we will be working with in the future, but that’s for another time ;)

Happy Halloween by the way! I’m off to carve my pumpkin now.

Mx

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Down – Year of XII Tour – London, UK

You know those moments when you can’t stop grinning?

That was me last night.

I was at the Roundhouse in Camden with Seventh Circle Artworks (SCA) shooting with both Down and their main support band Orange Goblin.

In my time of shooting shows, I have snapped Orange Goblin live maybe 3 or 4 times, so was really looking forward to actually meeting them in person for a brief promo shoot.

They were all quite happy despite not liking their pictures taken, just like many guys in bands I work with. They also joked about how all their promo pictures seem to be around or near a bar. After a couple of semi-serious poses I asked them to do something funny. The only thing they could come up with was to “punch Joe in the face!”

Ben is a towering 6ft 4 (at least), but a very friendly guy with it. And yes, I would have needed a step ladder to speak to him at eye level.

This is not a Marie’s eye view, but you get the idea on height ;)

Oh yeah, In case you were wondering about the killer shirt Ben is wearing, it’s the latest SCA shirt (designed by Chloe Pye).

Shortly after the shoot, the press area got a little hectic. Phil and Kirk were doing an interview, then Orange Goblin did an interview while Down were sound checking. When doing press there’s an awful lot of waiting…and waiting. We didn’t get bored though as the sound check was pretty cool, they even ran through a cool cover of Robin Trower’s called ‘Bridge of Sighs’ which Alex loved which eased the waiting a little more.

Then it was the Down shoot. Only 10 minutes until doors opened, they all surfaced and were ready to rock. Well, all expect Phil, who was watching the Saints game (apparently nothing would tear him away from his laptop screen – and I mean nothing!)

We were happy with Pat, Jimmy, Kirk and Pepper.

To backtrack a little, February last year we shot with Kirk when Crowbar were touring, as he had a custom NOLA Fleur de Lys ring which Alex had made. Word had spread to the rest of the band about SCA and their original hand crafted pieces for bands (which appealed to their love for Saint Vitus). Now almost all the band are now owning a Vitus piece from SCA.

Alex had some pieces already for them, but they were so into it all they wanted more. So Alex took most of his jewellery off too which they then wore for the shoot.

(Pat, Jimmy & Kirk loving the St Vitus pendants and ring)

Pepper wanted another ring but Alex didn’t have any more. I was wearing my Ace of Spades ring and mentioned it, but didn’t think it would fit him. Pepper flipped out over my ring and managed to squeeze it onto his little finger. Judging by his reaction I had a feeling I may not be seeing that ring again.

There was even time for a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with Alex (SCA) in the middle ;)

I think Pat won.

Fans were cheering outside (in the pouring rain) as they could see the guys doing the shoot through the huge glass windows. They all waved to them as they removed Alex’s jewellery and passed it back, saying thank you for a couple of their gifts and for the shoot. Pepper said that my Ace of Spades ring was apparently “stuck” on his little finger. He tried with all his strength to remove it. I was laughing so much that I had to take a picture of it.

He looked like Smeagol from Lord of the Rings!

Pepper ended up walking off with the My Precious on his little finger. He also wore it for the show.

I still went home with a smile on my face though, even if I was a little lighter in possessions.

Mx

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The one with the Fence

When it comes to location shoots, the weather can be a photographer’s best friend or worst enemy.

London-based groove metal band L Sol Tace booked me for another promo shoot after a bit of a lineup change and a debut album in the making. We had previously shot in a dark venue and I said to the guys that it would be great to go to an outdoor location. They got back to me and said that near their rehearsal rooms “there’s this fence that’s kinda cool”.

I laughed! Cool, a fence. Sorted!

The weather that week was abysmal. Typical UK you may think. Actually, even worse, as by this point we would be basking in a little more sunshine than this. (Not edited at all and taken on my iPhone)

I started setting up, the guys had a litre bottle of Jack Daniel’s in hand and they had already had a few beers during rehearsal. We kept watch on the weather and had to quickly grab everything and run inside the rehearsal rooms at the first sign of rain. It reminded me of this scene from Wayne’s World

But with rain instead of cars obviously.

Turns out, the moody sky actually worked to our advantage. So as long as the rain held off we did the shoot. I have to say I’m super pleased with the pictures and the band were pretty stoked when they received them.

Here’s one of the group shots

With all the talk of the rain, I forgot to mention the fence! Well it was kinda cool – it’s peeking in the background of the shot above. I think the sky steals its’ thunder though ;)

Here’s a couple of the individual band member shots

Thank you to the sky for looking so awesome that day, to Jack Daniel’s for keeping us all entertained while we waited for the rain to clear, and lastly to the guys for making me laugh so much that day.

Weather 0, Marie 1 :)

Mx

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EVILE PROMOS

Evile called me in to do their promos for their up and coming ‘For those who are about to tour” poster campaign. Amazing.

We met up at a bar in North London and had a catch up, shoot and Subway (we all agreed Subway was the way to go for fast food)

Shooting with them was fun and easy as we didn’t really have to do any warm up pictures as such having worked together many times before.

Above is a small teaser from the shoot.

As always I like to do funny pictures at the end if the bands/people are up for it and of course Evile said yes. Maybe I will post a few of them another time.

I had to have a picture taken with the guys so called the barmaid over to grab a quick shot. Mike said to the others “let’s pick her up for a picture”, Ol says “nooo i don’t wanna do that” haha. It was quite comical.