1. avatar martymccanny
    hey guys! just wondering if you could help me with something! well anyways im in a band and have started recording our ep but are looking to have some promo pics done for cd and web pages ect. we dont have alot of money laying around like, so would you have any idea who we could turn to??
    thanks :)
  2. avatar frajam
    http://www.grahamsmithphotography.com/

    This guy, this guy right here
  3. avatar sunshine
    [quote:72be77e71e="frajam"]http://www.grahamsmithphotography.com/

    This guy, this guy right here[/quote:72be77e71e]

    Why does everyone always suggest him?? there are actually so many other talented photographers in NI who blow him out of the water. My advice martymccanny(for what its worth) keep looking! Friends of mine who are in bands have had pics by him and been so dissappointed by them.
  4. avatar The59Sound
    [quote:59168e830e="frajam"]http://www.grahamsmithphotography.com/

    This guy, this guy right here[/quote:59168e830e]

    honestly dude, anyone but!! you will just look like every other band in Belfast, think outside the box and find one of NI's top quality guys or gals, they will probably give you a good price given that your unsigned. No trying to insight a mass discussion here but i wud stay clear of the guy mentioned.
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  5. avatar thebatgranny
    Matt Patton did a great job for us: [url]http://www.pavelware.com/ [/url] also Ronan McGrade is doing some excellent stuff [url]http://www.ronanmcgradephotography.com/[/url]
  6. avatar the_doctor199
    If you want to PM me or contact me at info@shoottothrill.co.uk , I'd be happy to help.

    A sample from this week:

    [img:4730305bc6]http://shoottothrill.co.uk/Images/ConcertImages/Deablo/DSC_5642.jpg[/img:4730305bc6]

    Ramsey (www.shoottothrill.co.uk)
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  7. avatar Captain Kennedy
    [quote:71f1bb8e21="The59Sound"][quote:71f1bb8e21="frajam"]http://www.grahamsmithphotography.com/

    This guy, this guy right here[/quote:71f1bb8e21]

    honestly dude, anyone but!! you will just look like every other band in Belfast, think outside the box and find one of NI's top quality guys or gals, they will probably give you a good price given that your unsigned. No trying to insight a mass discussion here but i wud stay clear of the guy mentioned.[/quote:71f1bb8e21]

    Very harsh indeed!!

    Not that he needs me to stick up for him but here's just a few clients from his site:

    [quote:71f1bb8e21]Universal Records, Rolling Stone magazine, Vertigo Records, Warner Records, Bar None Records, AU magazine, BBC, Hotpress magazine, EMI Records, NME, Kerrang magazine, Metal Hammer magazine, Q magazine, Whip Records, Fly magazine, Dental Records, Brat magazine, Sony Records, Regal Recordings, Rock Sound magazine, VM Music, Smalltown America Records, Music Weekly, Clash magazine, Slanted Recordings, NI Lifestyle, Plan B magazine, Xtra Mile Records, Spin magazine, Future Publishing and many more. [/quote:71f1bb8e21]

    Obviously they are all wrong??????? :roll:
  8. avatar Captain Kennedy
    Oh, as well as Graham Smith I would also give a shout out for Matthew Patton. Very impressive stuff.
  9. avatar Pavel
    [quote:7e5af9f589="thebatgranny"]Matt Patton did a great job for us: [url]http://www.pavelware.com/ [/url] also Ronan McGrade is doing some excellent stuff [url]http://www.ronanmcgradephotography.com/[/url][/quote:7e5af9f589]

    Thanks for the kind words.

    EDIT: ...and from Captain Kangakennedy :D.

    Gallery Is Here: [i:7e5af9f589][b:7e5af9f589][url]http://www.pavelware.com/photography.htm[/url][/b:7e5af9f589][/i:7e5af9f589]

    Some recent examples.

    [img:7e5af9f589]http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/93/l_c818019ab4f04c2ab1251b9038c3ddfc.jpg[/img:7e5af9f589] [img:7e5af9f589]http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/73/l_5afbf63bbfb647c0b29420bbc08bf18f.jpg[/img:7e5af9f589] [img:7e5af9f589]http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/79/l_3207e9d4b9f14291a98220e61fbd9b27.jpg[/img:7e5af9f589]

    Also check out Ramsey Cardy, Carrie Davenport, Ciara McMullan and Ronan McGrade.
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  10. avatar The59Sound
    [quote:c01cf99611="Captain Kennedy"][quote:c01cf99611="The59Sound"][quote:c01cf99611="frajam"]http://www.grahamsmithphotography.com/

    This guy, this guy right here[/quote:c01cf99611]

    honestly dude, anyone but!! you will just look like every other band in Belfast, think outside the box and find one of NI's top quality guys or gals, they will probably give you a good price given that your unsigned. No trying to insight a mass discussion here but i wud stay clear of the guy mentioned.[/quote:c01cf99611]

    Very harsh indeed!!

    Not that he needs me to stick up for him but here's just a few clients from his site:

    [quote:c01cf99611]Universal Records, Rolling Stone magazine, Vertigo Records, Warner Records, Bar None Records, AU magazine, BBC, Hotpress magazine, EMI Records, NME, Kerrang magazine, Metal Hammer magazine, Q magazine, Whip Records, Fly magazine, Dental Records, Brat magazine, Sony Records, Regal Recordings, Rock Sound magazine, VM Music, Smalltown America Records, Music Weekly, Clash magazine, Slanted Recordings, NI Lifestyle, Plan B magazine, Xtra Mile Records, Spin magazine, Future Publishing and many more. [/quote:c01cf99611]

    Obviously they are all wrong??????? :roll:[/quote:c01cf99611]

    I know, i've seen it, look i'm seriously not trying to start an argument here, i just know there are so many good photographers out there, none of them get a shout because alot of bands think he is the business, i'm just trying to encourage people, look elsewhere, there are some great people who take pics from Belfast, well NI, who have made their name elsewhere because of peoples ignorance here, my advice is, ignore the list of record labels, i'm not saying they are wrong, just shop around before you buy. Try and make this whole place an open market for people, not a monopoly for one guy.
  11. avatar sunshine
    [quote:23f895c6bd="Captain Kennedy"]Oh, as well as Graham Smith I would also give a shout out for Matthew Patton. Very impressive stuff.[/quote:23f895c6bd]

    Don't know if your aware Captain Kennedy, this guy www.markhylands.com is apparently from your end of the world, i think he's maybe from Lurgan or nearby?? To be honest, its hard to beat some of the shots i've seen on his site!
    btw...checked out your myspace, love the music :)
  12. avatar clivemcl
    PM'd ya marty!
  13. avatar exitonline
    We have dealt with a load of photographers over the last few years and without a doubt the best we have worked with is Mark Hylands. We were actually introduced to Mark through a management contact, because even though he is from Northern Ireland his work takes him all over the world. The list of acts he has worked with is immense, Metallica, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Queen & P.Rodgers, Meatloaf, Keith Urban, Ricky Warwick, Sweet Savage and too many others to list. By working with, I don't mean he just simply gets photo passes, he actually goes on tour with and develops working relationships with the bands. So his address book makes for interesting reading.

    He is also one of the few photographers around who actually know photography, unlike some who simply know their way around the automatic function of a digital camera. He works with all photography mediums, digital and film. He is also the first person we have seen arrive to a photoshoot with a range of cameras, lenses, film (35mm), vintage film cameras and also digital. It really is rare to see a photographer these days who knows how to use film and film processing techniques.

    To see his work go here (new website on the way):
    www.markhylands.com

    He also directed our music video which can be viewed here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZpAxnoqD_Y

    He's also doing video shoot for Demolition/DR2 records at the minute.

    So if you want some great photos done get in touch with him. Even though he works with all the big names he's still interested in working with locally based artists when he is in the country.
  14. avatar Pavel
    [quote:6f25aaaa5b="exitonline"]He is also one of the few photographers around who actually know photography, unlike some who simply know their way around the automatic function of a digital camera.[/quote:6f25aaaa5b]

    I wouldn't usually comment on something like this but in all honesty I don't know of any photographers who do use the auto functions on their cameras - and if they do, then more fool me.

    It would actually be technically impossible (for the most part) to automatically meter light correctly at a gig with even mildly energetic stage lighting, let alone at some of the shows floating about.

    Sort of a...comment made in ignorance, from my standing.

    Not that I'm getting at you as such, more just pointing out a fallacy with your sweeping generalisation. :)
  15. avatar martymccanny
    hey guys thanks for all the help ! think ill spend the week end going over everything that has recomended to me all the photographers work i have seen so far has been amazin thats what is making it so hard to decide!! thanks
  16. avatar exitonline
    [quote:808476afed="Pavel"][quote:808476afed="exitonline"]He is also one of the few photographers around who actually know photography, unlike some who simply know their way around the automatic function of a digital camera.[/quote:808476afed]

    I wouldn't usually comment on something like this but in all honesty I don't know of any photographers who do use the auto functions on their cameras - and if they do, then more fool me.

    It would actually be technically impossible (for the most part) to automatically meter light correctly at a gig with even mildly energetic stage lighting, let alone at some of the shows floating about.

    Sort of a...comment made in ignorance, from my standing.

    Not that I'm getting at you as such, more just pointing out a fallacy with your sweeping generalisation. :)[/quote:808476afed]

    I was simply talking from experience, I wasn't pointing the comments at anyone mentioned here. Simply that, we have worked with a few people who showed up to do a shoot with us only for them to simply point and click. Even at gigs there have been people with huge flash guns, blinding everyone in the crowd, not to mention the band. There is alot of people out there who get a camera for Christmas or something and they automatically turn into professional photographers. Like in any profession there is loads of people chancing there arm.
  17. avatar Pavel
    [quote:a476259bd3]Like in any profession there is loads of people chancing there arm.[/quote:a476259bd3]

    No, well that I agree with - but there are a severe amount of good photographers out there, most however are buried under the thrall of the ones shouting the loudest.

    Same as with music really.

    Mark is a very good example, as I'm sure not that many people are aware of the scale of his career to date.
  18. avatar the_doctor199
    [quote:55a2348244="Pavel"]No, well that I agree with - but there are a severe amount of good photographers out there, most however are buried under the thrall of the ones shouting the loudest.

    Same as with music really.

    Mark is a very good example, as I'm sure not that many people are aware of the scale of his career to date.[/quote:55a2348244]

    Very true, I think it's a credit to Graham though that as soon as 99% of people in NI think of 'music photographer' they think of him straight away.
  19. avatar sunshine
    [quote:e7506289de="the_doctor199"][quote:e7506289de="Pavel"]No, well that I agree with - but there are a severe amount of good photographers out there, most however are buried under the thrall of the ones shouting the loudest.

    Same as with music really.

    Mark is a very good example, as I'm sure not that many people are aware of the scale of his career to date.[/quote:e7506289de]

    Very true, I think it's a credit to Graham though that as soon as 99% of people in NI think of 'music photographer' they think of him straight away.[/quote:e7506289de]

    but... do you not think (as a photographer, and i'm sure Pavel(also as a photographer) and Mark had he have been a member here(?)) that something like that is unhealthy?? surely it must be degrading to you or the other 2 that he is thought of first yet either one of you may be, or indeed all of you, better at the job than he is?? in honesty i hope for you guys that 99%(locally) think of someone else in future, maybe this post will shed some light on the talent that exists beyond the norm.
  20. avatar edwin mcfee
    [quote:829ab56bec][/quote:829ab56bec] Very harsh indeed!!

    Not that he needs me to stick up for him but here's just a few clients from his site:

    someone wrote:
    Universal Records, Rolling Stone magazine, Vertigo Records, Warner Records, Bar None Records, AU magazine, BBC, Hotpress magazine, EMI Records, NME, Kerrang magazine, Metal Hammer magazine, Q magazine, Whip Records, Fly magazine, Dental Records, Brat magazine, Sony Records, Regal Recordings, Rock Sound magazine, VM Music, Smalltown America Records, Music Weekly, Clash magazine, Slanted Recordings, NI Lifestyle, Plan B magazine, Xtra Mile Records, Spin magazine, Future Publishing and many more.
    Obviously they are all wrong???????
    [quote:829ab56bec][/quote:829ab56bec]

    Hi folks-
    just to point out (and this is with the greatest amount of respect to Graham) a few of those clients need to be updated. Both Kerrang and Hot Press commission Carrie Davenport (http://blog.carriedavenport.com/) for photography and the NME currently don't have a regular Irish snapper (though i'm hoping that will change soon).

    again-Graham, i'm sure you'll be reading this and i'm not being snippy, just giving credit where credit is due.

    of the snappers i've seen, carrie, ramsey, matthew and graham all look to be doing good work and have different styles of their own and long may it continue!

    EDIT-i also forgot about big marky mark leetch who's good too.
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  21. avatar Pavel
    [quote:4180f0cb63="sunshine"]but... do you not think (as a photographer, and i'm sure Pavel(also as a photographer) and Mark had he have been a member here(?)) that something like that is unhealthy??[/quote:4180f0cb63]

    I think that (in the short time I've even been going out to gigs, let alone) as a photographer, that I clearly need to be pushing harder, and bettering myself if that is the case.

    Graham is not the first name you think of when mentioning NI music photography for no reason, no matter what opinion anyone has on his actual style.

    Plenty of people think my work is shit, plenty of people think it's good - I'm open to both parties of discussion, as I'm sure is Graham.

    I would imagine though that he's well accustomed to taking hits about his work, as anyone who does well for themselves will know.

    Hopefully in time my work will speak for itself.

    [quote:4180f0cb63="edwin mcfee"]Hi folks-just to point out (and this is with the greatest amount of respect to Graham) a few of those clients need to be updated. Both Kerrang and Hot Press commission Carrie Davenport (http://blog.carriedavenport.com/) for photography and the NME currently don't have a regular Irish snapper (though i'm hoping that will change soon).[/quote:4180f0cb63]

    If anyone needs comformation of the fantastic work Carrie puts out you need only check out this month's AU - front cover and a massive spread on ASIWYFA.

    ...tells it all I think.
  22. avatar Wakeuphate.com
    Personally, i can see where Graham is coming from, but it seems to just be worded wrong.. - Obviously writing " People i have worked for in the past include: " I'd completely understand.

    Obviously when you're pimping yourself out on your site you're going to want to show everything you've achieved.. an online CV if you will.. but if it's listing as current clients, it's kind of stretching the truth barrier a bit.

    Completely agree with people mentioning earlier about the whole Auto thing, and Pavel, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of the people who turn up and are using the dreaded green square on the camera that any semi-/professional with any dignity wouldn't ever touch, but at the same time, i remember doing that when i was just starting, and I'm sure a few others did the same, so you cant really knock it. Though the quality shows, and most people know a good photo when they see it, and will pay for a good photo.

    Certain styles suit certain bands and types of music i for example prefer dark shots, high contrast, lots of colour, just shows up as hectic, and for the type of music i generally love and shoot, it fits well.. even though personally i think I've beaten the style to death now.. ( thus why i dont shoot as much :P ) But Grahams style while it is dynamic, the promos have a certain signature that screams graham smith, may not suit other bands or music types, therefore having people unhappy with the shots..

    Just my 2 Cents, and I'm probably ranting.. so feel free to completely ignore this post and reply with 'Shut the fuck up, Mark'
  23. avatar Wakeuphate.com
    [quote:486f234a4b="edwin mcfee"][quote:486f234a4b][/quote:486f234a4b]
    EDIT-i also forgot about big marky mark leetch who's good too.[/quote:486f234a4b]

    Aaayyyeee, thrown in at the end, like a ragged auld teacloth that fell between the fridge and the cupboard! pfff. ;)


    edit: Okay, Pavel basically said what i was trying to say... and i could've just summed my whole post up with

    " Horses for courses "
  24. avatar edwin mcfee
    "shut the f.uck up Mark" :-D
  25. avatar sunshine
    Would it possibly be idea, rather than debate who everyone thinks is the best, and who everyone thinks is shit, just to agree that photography is at the end of the day an art, and no matter if your one of the people being mentioned in this post as being great or being shit, at the end of the day its just one persons interpretation of art.
    Everybody is different and everybody likes different things, there are few of those mentioned that i do not like the work of, but fair fucks to them for doing it, on the other hand, there are people mentioned their and i think they are excellent, some might say underground successes? but its just my view on art, everyone is different.
    For instance, i love Picasso's work, someone else may think, that is shit! you get what i mean??
  26. avatar Wakeuphate.com
    [quote:3d5488d509="edwin mcfee"]"shut the f.uck up Mark" :-D[/quote:3d5488d509]

    oh..:shock: burn :cry:
  27. avatar Captain Kennedy
    Just to clarify......it says:

    [quote:64aa0fc6ef][b:64aa0fc6ef]A Selection Of Recent Clients[/b:64aa0fc6ef]

    Universal Records, Rolling Stone magazine, Vertigo Records, Warner Records, Bar None Records, AU magazine, BBC, Hotpress magazine, EMI Records, NME, Kerrang magazine, Metal Hammer magazine, Q magazine, Whip Records, Fly magazine, Dental Records, Brat magazine, Sony Records, Regal Recordings, Rock Sound magazine, VM Music, Smalltown America Records, Music Weekly, Clash magazine, Slanted Recordings, NI Lifestyle, Plan B magazine, Xtra Mile Records, Spin magazine, Future Publishing and many more.
    [/quote:64aa0fc6ef]

    What the feck am I doing on this thread anyway!!! I should be over on the gig thread trying to "sneaky bump" our gig tomorrow night without Rog noticing.....
  28. avatar Crackity_jones
    [quote:3227f0cb8a="Pavel"]If anyone needs comformation of the fantastic work Carrie puts out you need only check out this month's AU - front cover and a massive spread on ASIWYFA.

    ...tells it all I think.[/quote:3227f0cb8a]

    Yeah I was with Carrie for that shoot and have seen all the shots so I can more than vouch for her. The work she's been doing for AU lately is absolutely outstanding - check out the Therapy? feature in the new issue as well.
  29. avatar sunshine
    [quote:82f4e25fe9="Pavel"]
    [quote:82f4e25fe9="edwin mcfee"]Hi folks-just to point out (and this is with the greatest amount of respect to Graham) a few of those clients need to be updated. Both Kerrang and Hot Press commission Carrie Davenport (http://blog.carriedavenport.com/) for photography and the NME currently don't have a regular Irish snapper (though i'm hoping that will change soon).[/quote:82f4e25fe9]

    If anyone needs comformation of the fantastic work Carrie puts out you need only check out this month's AU - front cover and a massive spread on ASIWYFA.

    ...tells it all I think.[/quote:82f4e25fe9]

    to be quite honest with you Pavel, in terms of style and what i like to see in music photography, you and a few others mentioned in this post are head and shoulders above Carrie Davenport, much like Graham Smith, i just think she has caught a lucky break with the Kerrang Hotpress thing, her pics are seriously nothing special, yours and the others on here at least have some life and atmosphere. I gotta stress tho, this is my interpretation of this art!
  30. avatar GrahamSmith
    Edited to remove a ten page drunken essay...lets make this shorter...

    Basically, yeah I agree, some of my shots have becoming a bit similar which was mainly due to me taking on too many shoots with bands I did not really like. This has changed recently and I am now really choosy with who I work with (Because I don't want to waste anyones money or my time with a shoot I will not be passionate about).

    I also do a lot more work outside Ireland - currently Ireland (North and South) only makes up about 40% of my earnings. I am desperately trying to lose the tag of just being a Northern Irish photographer. I do plan to stay based here though as we have some amazing bands.

    Edwin / Mark :
    (Firstly, that text about clients is out of date and I actually changed it a few days ago for my new site (ready next week) as some of those publications do not even exist anymore. Kerrang / NME / Hotpress will remain on the list though).

    I did not think you were being snippy at all and I can understand your point to a degree, but I also feel justified in putting that text up.

    I am fully aware of the work that Carrie does and have always greatly admired it and her approach to it all. However I was in no way trying to infer that I was the exclusive photographer for any of those publications, just like Carrie isn't either. That would be the same for every single 'client' on that list or anyone elses list. It is simply a list of people I have worked for in the past / continue to work for. My website is aimed at everyone, not just Ireland, which is why it does not mention where I am from anywhere on my site. The client list is not meant to refer to just work in Ireland.

    Although I am published by Kerrang on a regular basis it is usually just press shots I have taken directly for the bands / record companies, rather than commissions. Out of the 4 (maybe 5) times I have had direct commissions only one was in Northern Ireland (FWW, 2005ish), the others being in Manchester and London. When it comes to regular commissions, Rock Sound would probably be my most regular client.

    As for NME, I turn down the majority of work offered by them as do two other Irish photographers I know, simply because of the conditions they offer and how they treat photographers. (their is actually talk of a nationwide boycott by music photographers against the NME for their increased attempt to own full rights and not credit photographers). I do still work for them (and did a shoot in London last month) but I have no intention of doing anything on a regular basis until their policies change. This is the same for many many photographers in England too, which may explain why the majority of their photography is so poor at present.

    The clients text is quite obviously meant to encourage people to work with me. I actually cringe when I read it as I know how it may make me look, but the basic idea is just to impress people. I have not lied with any of that list and can stand by every name as having worked for them within the past 2 years (apart from Brat Magazine who folded 3 years ago??), which I would call "recent clients".

    Their are a lot of great photographers around Northern Ireland / Ireland and further afield but the point is we all have a different approach and style, which is surely a good thing? I would not expect everyone to like my work (the same way as their will never be a band who everyone likes) but I know plenty of people do.

    I shoot in a style I am comfortable with and like - if other people do not like it that is fine and you are certain to find someone else willing to shoot the style you want. This is a very healthy thing and bands / musicians now have a greater choice than ever before.

    Variety is a good thing (and keeps us all on our toes) and long may it continue.

    If any bands who have been unhappy with my work in the past want to get in touch I will gladly discuss this with you. Or anyone else who wants to talk, feel free to contact me. Please do not PM as I am very rarely on fastfude, the best way to contact me is graham@grahamsmithphotography.com

    Thanks!

    (EDIT : yes that was the massively shorter version...you can see how bad the original post must have been!)
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  32. avatar sunshine
    [img:030ddb8d03]http://levelselect.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/tumbleweed.jpg[/img:030ddb8d03]
  33. avatar tinpot anto
    This thread delivers like domino's, fails like geronimo

    But Graham is a shockingly good photograher like
  34. avatar edwin mcfee
    Graham-
    as you know yourself-there are a lot of bull sh*tters in this business. a simple way to avoid anyone casting dispersions on your work is to provide tearsheets on your site. that way, no-one can slabber about anything.

    as an aside, in my book (and the vast majority of others in the media) providing press shots of bands does not mean you work for where-ever they are published. plain and simple. yes, it's great that they show up in X, Y or Z magazines, but that (in my opinion) does that mean they are clients.
  35. avatar GrahamSmith
    [quote:3d55c735a2]as an aside, in my book (and the vast majority of others in the media) providing press shots of bands does not mean you work for where-ever they are published. plain and simple. yes, it's great that they show up in X, Y or Z magazines, but that (in my opinion) does that mean they are clients.[/quote:3d55c735a2]

    I completely agree. Everyone on that list has commissioned me within the past 2 (3 at most) years as I said. If I (or anyone else) was to list every publication where their images were used it would be a very long list.

    It was just a list of people who have commissioned me, typed up very quickly when I updated my site last year. It is not meant to be a CV. I'm not trying to start an argument here but I am not really sure what the problem is.


    [quote:3d55c735a2]as you know yourself-there are a lot of bull sh*tters in this business. a simple way to avoid anyone casting dispersions on your work is to provide tearsheets on your site. that way, no-one can slabber about anything. [/quote:3d55c735a2]

    Been scanning these lately, hope to have a full section on my site next month.
  36. avatar edwin mcfee
    i'm not trying to start an argument either, old son.

    just making things clear to those who don't know too much about the business/those who will be looking for a photographer. :-)

    as an aside, to whoever it was going on about "art"

    in the press-it means more to capture a moment that tells a story/suits the feature, rather than an artsy fartsy pic (which harks back to the original point of the thread).
  37. avatar GrahamSmith
    Good stuff, I am crap at arguments anyway. :)

    [quote:d96522848f]in the press-it means more to capture a moment that tells a story/suits the feature, rather than an artsy fartsy pic (which harks back to the original point of the thread).[/quote:d96522848f]

    I agree.

    Anyway, yes, loads of great photographers out there. My advice (I too forgot what this thread was about) is to check out all of them and find the one you think suits your music best and take it from there.

    I'm going back to message board retirement!
  38. avatar ciara606
    check out my work www.myspace.com/ciarasphotography_ni
    i know my pics are still very amateurish but thats because im still growing as a photographer :P

    my favourite NI photographers are carrie davenport, matthew patton and graham smith
    all different styles and i like to think i take a little influence from all of them

    music photography is like being in a band atm... practise makes perfect, making good contacts, trying to get your name out there

    (btw thanks for mentioning me matt lol)
  39. avatar Mickeycolensoparade
    Our first ever photo shoot was with Graham, and he was amiable and professional. He made us feel relaxed and comfortable and although his work speaks for itself, I thought I should just pitch in.
  40. avatar Mardy-Bum
    Jamie Adamson- Great Guy And Great Pictures!
  41. avatar gerry norman
    A photographer can't make a band look good on camera all they can do is take a quality pic and the likes of Graham and Matthew Alexander Patton are fantastic. Our first shoot was with Graham (in between a Razorlight and Black Rebel Motorcycle shoot, he's extremely supportive to local acts). We were static for the first hour but he made us relax and got the best out of us and continues to do so. There's more to MUSIC photography than knowing the ins and outs of a camera. The first thing Graham said to us is he doesn't even like photography(that may have changed now...) he's just a huge music fan and knows where to be at the right time and moment. His work ethic is honourable and lives more of a 'rock n roll' lifestlye than any Belfast band I know. His exhibition at A Little Solidarity was a memory road of the last few years.

    In saying that the bastard still owes us a shoot.
  42. avatar PaulATL
    For what its worth, ATL and now the BBC press office, employ Graham regularly not just because he takes great pics, but also because he delivers them on time and to whatever spec is required. In the past we have tried to employ paid gigs for several local snappers and they havent always delivered. I think overall in terms of creativity and reliabiltiy, Graham is very good. obviously there are plenty of other good snappers but I feel this thread has become a little backlash for no real good reason.
  43. avatar Pavel
    I feel terribly compelled to pass comment on the direction this thread has taken; but won't because there clearly isn't any real point in doing that.

    [quote:f2ae320b47="sunshine"]to be quite honest with you Pavel, in terms of style and what i like to see in music photography, you and a few others mentioned in this post are head and shoulders above Carrie Davenport, much like Graham Smith, i just think she has caught a lucky break with the Kerrang Hotpress thing, her pics are seriously nothing special, yours and the others on here at least have some life and atmosphere. I gotta stress tho, this is my interpretation of this art![/quote:f2ae320b47]

    Thanks for the kind words. I don't necessarily agree with your comments, but kind words are always nice.

    [quote:f2ae320b47="Wakeuphate.com"]Completely agree with people mentioning earlier about the whole Auto thing, and Pavel, I'm sure you've seen your fair share of the people who turn up and are using the dreaded green square on the camera that any semi-/professional with any dignity wouldn't ever touch, but at the same time, i remember doing that when i was just starting, and I'm sure a few others did the same, so you cant really knock it. Though the quality shows, and most people know a good photo when they see it, and will pay for a good photo.[/quote:f2ae320b47]

    Green square? ;)

    ...no, really. What's that? :D

    [quote:f2ae320b47="exitonline"]Simply that, we have worked with a few people who showed up to do a shoot with us only for them to simply [b:f2ae320b47]point and click[/b:f2ae320b47].[/quote:f2ae320b47]

    I know I'm only just picking up on this now...but that's generally what we do with cameras.
  44. avatar The Ronster
    Right, ignore the possible low image quality of the following pics - I've just done screen-grabs from t'interwebs rather than posting re-compressed versions of the originals. Anyway, without further ado:

    Carrie Davenport did our press shots for us, and we were very happy - its great to have something quality to send to magazines for publication.

    [img:b90e85696d]http://img.skitch.com/20090405-nsxf9qyxxcnwkur16dn4g87dx5.jpg[/img:b90e85696d]

    We liked working with Carrie so much that I asked her to do my wedding for us, which she did.

    [img:b90e85696d]http://img.skitch.com/20090405-rcyisjfybe656u86s5ih5nrxsa.jpg[/img:b90e85696d]

    If you're thinking of getting hitched, you should really consider her...

    Mark Leetch did some live photography of us - his style is completely different, and he's great at capturing the moment.

    [img:b90e85696d]http://img.skitch.com/20090405-b58uwj1nucw8pd88d2d8jha573.jpg[/img:b90e85696d]

    I'm really looking forward to seeing what Matthew Alexander Patton's pics of us from Thursday night turn out like. However, I love his work with other bands.
  45. avatar BL00DSUG4R
    My first post!
    Ciara Mc Mullan :

    Takes some fantastic shots.

    myspace :

    [url]http://www.myspace.com/ciarasphotography_ni[/url]
  46. avatar tinpot anto
    Carrie's photo's of us are class too, she's really great to work with and class craic altogether.
  47. avatar David McLaughlin
    Jebus welled up, so he did.

    As someone said earlier, this thread became a bit of a boul on against poor old Graham but I've worked with him loads in the past and he's always been super professional. I can see why people are taking issue with the client list though...

    I've been writing for Kerrang! since the start of 2006 and as far as I can tell, the only Irish photographer they've worked with in that time is Carrie Davenport (since Oxegen last year).

    Dunno how much that helps the OP but sure, there you go.


    Whurgh
  48. avatar sketchy
    i love graham's stuff so much i have a couple of his pics framed and up on me wall at home and am organizing another couple from the UH show.

    it's worth pointing out when it comes to fly on the wall style shots - i.e not poses - that's when graham flourishes imo - and where other photographers sometimes let themselves down.

    some other great photograhpers mentioned on this thread (we really are spoiled here!!) but for me, graham has been the stand out for the last couple of years, since Iona left anyway!!