I've Been Busy
A lot has happened in the new year and almost all of it revolves around the spectacular Austin pop-duo SIGNY. I first photographed them for OVRLD late in 2017. It sparked a wonderful friendship that's lead to me photographing promo material for their single, "Human," — which dropped Jan. 26 — their 7-inch vinyl single, more of their fantastic live shows and behind the scenes of their two-day music video shoot for "Human." And there's more to come.
Shooting "Human" Cover
We shot the cover art for human and some promo work late in December of 2017 at Precision Camera's studio in North Austin — where I work. I would say I really got to know Delaney and Amy, AKA SIGNY, during this shoot. They had hired me a few weeks prior to do a photoshoot for their Halloween blog post and to help promote a Halloween show at Swan Dive. I was pretty excited that they were hiring me for another shoot, and also pretty nervous.
The taller of the duo, Delaney, directed the shoot and wanted a Terry Richardson look with the shadow that tightly hugs the subject and that kind of "gotcha" raw feel. I think it's safe to say we achieved it.
The shot above with the Solo cups and wine straws is my favorite from the session. It was a happy accident that evolved out of a desire to get some wine flowing to loosen inhibitions. After a quick run across the street to Wal-Mart, we had wine and cups. Amy had emergency wine straws at hand — one should always be prepared to drink wine and not mess up their makeup. When we saw how cool the red looked, it made it into the shot.
Human Video Shoot: Behind the Scenes
SIGNY also shot a music video for Human. I was lucky enough to be hired to shoot behind the scenes photos of this process. The video is being edited now and will premiere very soon. Check out the sneak peak HERE.
Producers Keller Davis and Jensen Yancey of Escape Plan Productions, shot the video at two locations on two different shoot days. The first shoot was at the Precision Camera studio, and involved puppies, macaroons, dodge balls, pillow fights — which nearly gave me an anxiety attack, lots of dancing, lip syncing some more wine in solo cups and much more.
The second shoot we did was at the 21st Street Co-Op near the UT Campus. If you have never been to an Austin co-op, they're a pretty unique setup. They are community housing arrangements — often older apartment buildings — that are owned by a non-profit organization and operated and governed by the tenants — often college students. This leads to interesting arrangements and liberal "rules." For instance, their website boasts "Ours is also the only clothing-optional co-op in the College Houses system."
The crux of this second shoot was to create a live music, party vibe. 21st Street Co-Op has a big party room with a bar and a stage, and that's where we were shooting. Some of the tenants set up a bar and were slinging drinks. SIGNY invited out a bunch of people to make it feel like a party and guess what — it turned into a party. SIGNY even performed the song for everyone following all the lip syncing, dancing and shooting.
The video included these little vignettes on specific characters like Austin drag queen Honey St. Claire, and I was even included in a short cameo with the girls. I doubt it will make the final cut, but it was fun none the less.