Having done a lot more design work than photography work since making the move to Los Angeles, I have decided it’s time to delve into my next big photo project. I have been pulling a lot of inspiration from Louisville native photographer Clay Cook (http://www.claycookphotography.com). One of his first “next level” shoots was themed around Lady Gaga. So in that same vein, I have decided to do a photoshoot themed around one of my favorite bands: Queens of the Stone Age.
For several weeks now, I have been location scouting, team building, shopping, and planning out shots. The first song I will be shooting is “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”. This shoot will take place at the Los Angeles River and the surrounding Downtown Industrial District. My team currently consists of Cobain Rivers as my assistant, and Ksyusha Kiana B. as my lovely model. I am currently locking down a makeup and hair artist. As this is the first shoot in this series, I may be managing some of the makeup, hair, and styling myself. I absolutely hope and expect for my team to grow with each shoot. So if you’re interested in joining, I’d love to hear from you!
Queens of the Stone Age’s sound is a perfect fusion of rock, blues, and straight sexy-ness. The sultry tones in the music and raw words in the lyrics are exactly what are inspiring my ideas for this photo series. When I listen to them, my mind goes on a trip; creating various scenes and my own version of what the music videos should look like. So now, I’m going to bring my vision to life. I have chosen 5 QOTSA songs, and will be shooting this series over the next few months. Each shoot will be bigger and better than the previous. So saddle up cowboys, it’s gonna be a head banging, mind blowing, drop dead gorgeous hell of a ride!
As I begin to wrap up the planning process for this first shoot, I will begin planning the next. I will of course be posting some behind the scenes shots and a blog, along with a post shoot blog wrapping up the entire process. Be sure to check back for that excitement. Until then, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Queens of the Stone Age. Here are several links to the songs I will be including in this series:
"Keep Your Eyes Peeled" Video:
"Smooth Sailing" Video:
"Burn The Witch" Video:
"You Got a Killer Scene There Man" (song only):
"No One Knows" Video:
Source: I used several photos and videos in this post that I do not own the rights to, but can be found at the following links: