Thursday, December 18, 2008

Junior League Band

Perhaps the biggest contributing factor to my taking photography more seriously happened in September of 2007. I had bought a digital SLR earlier in the year and, after thinking of ways I could get my foot in the concert-shooting door, was contacted by a friend in a band that asked if I could shoot their show at the Rock N Roll Hotel in DC. The band was called Junior League, and they were in need of some fresh pics -- as well as a full-band shot -- for their MySpace page and promo materials.

The evening went pretty well -- the pictures were just OK, but for a first effort, not too bad -- and the rest, as they say, is history. I met up with the band again a few months later, we rode around on a Metrobus and ended up getting a shot -- the first one below -- that they ultimately used for press for the next 4 or 5 months.

Since then, I’ve shot their live show numerous times and have met up with them twice more to get a new round of promo pictures featuring the current lineup. The latest -- which were taken back in July -- have been used in posters for their shows from DC to New York and beyond.

The reason I’m posting these now? I sat down with Junior League Band -- they’ve since added “band” after getting some grief from the actual Junior League -- on Monday night to interview them for DCist. They are playing their first show at the legendary 9:30 Club on Friday night, so I thought it was a natural time for them to be featured on the site.

The full interview, for those that are interested, can be found here.

So there you have it. In addition to being an aspiring photographer and part-time concert reviewer, I’ve now got an interview under my belt. Not a bad gig, if I do say so myself.