I met up with Katherine, a wonderful cellist, on a glorious sunny morning at London’s Southbank. The aim was to take some publicity photos for her website. The Southbank is a brilliant spot for London musicians photography. As well as having some fantastic colourful backdrops, it feels so inspiring nestled right next to the Festival Hall. This has to be one of the world’s leading concert venues.
I love to photograph musicians where they are playing
Often when I photograph musicians, I encourage them to play during the shoot. As a result the images then become very real and more emotional. Katherine was up for this and launched into a Bach Cello Suite. I certainly felt very lucky indeed being able to listen to her wonderful playing.
Musicians Portraits in the Southbank Skateboard Park
First of all we took a lot of the images in the famous Skateboard Park, situated right next to the River Thames, underneath the Royal Festival Hall. It’s the most fantastic location for any types of portrait photography. I photograph many engagements, families and musicians in this brilliant place. The light is beautiful and the walls are completely covered with the most colourful graffiti. Consequently it always looks fantastic as a backdrop. And the best thing about this place is that I every I time I revisit it some of the graffiti has changed. Therefore this brings a new element to every photo shoot.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favourite images from our morning together.