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Berkeley California Bay Area Music Artist Portrait Photographer

Ashley is a very accomplished Classical Pianist whose artist headshots I did while I was visiting the bay area. Isn’t she beautiful? I love her effortless combination of classically trained… free spirit. Not to mention her joy-filled smile. I got to listen to her play while photographing her, and to her playing is like breathing speaking. It’s pure beauty.

Berkeley California Bay Area Music Artist Portrait Photographer
Berkeley California Bay Area Music Artist Portrait Photographer
Berkeley California Bay Area Music Artist Portrait Photographer

Aug 28, 2012

Because of our travel schedule, I haven’t been able to shoot many live concerts lately. So when I was asked to document the upcoming Matt Von Roderick show at the Roxy on the Sunset Strip I had to make it happen. I love shooting live shows, it’s the fast paced energy and spontaneity I thrive on with wedding photography, but add in a heavy soundtrack of rock and roll and squeeze it all the fanatics into 1-2 hours. It was a blast to photograph Matt and the band again (I photographed their last show at the Key Club)- the music is crazy and the live show (burlesque dancers and all) is even crazier, making it a feast for your eyes and ears. Always a pleasure :)

Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer
Matt Van Roderick Roxy Los Angeles Band Music Concert Photographer

I mentioned a few days ago that I would post some of the images from my time in Oakland with Casey and our good friend, and producer/engineer, Eric. They wanted to experiment a little in preparation for recording a new album. The experiment was trying to figure out how capture the raw magic and emotion of a song instead of today’s version of over producing the heck out of artists and their songs. They transformed Eric’s Oakland loft into a live-jam-session-like recording studio for a couple of days and set out to capture moments. Some very talented musicians came out to join in the magic, including Eric himself (on sax), Keith Kelly (sax), Andrew Traylor (drums) and Mike Meagher (bass). My job was to hang out, make tea, and document the experience. It was awesome. The first night of recording, Oakland was hit with one of the biggest thunderstorms in it’s history with a record number of 750 lighting strikes in 4 hours over the bay. The skies were lit in a contant stream of brilliant flashes all night long. They poured their hearts out as the rain pored down and the skies accompanied Casey’s voice. Seriously, it was majestic. Case said afterward that it was like singing with God. And the next day, the skies cleared and gave way to bright blue skies and great spirits. An awesome way to start the week of collaboration. Below are some of the shots from the sessions, there are tons more on my Facebook page, so go LIKE! that to see the full album, and make sure to check out the video recordings of the songs on Casey’s YouTube Channel, you wont be disappointed!










To see TONS more pictures from the recording sessions, head over to my Facebook Page —> Lauren Hurt Photo and check out the “Music” Photo album (or click HERE)

Casey has been updating his YouTube channel every Tuesday with new music, so we shot a video for each of the three songs recorded. They got mostly a live-one take feel for each of them, with the exception of adding the saxophone recordings the next day. So much talent and inspiration to be around all of these musicians! Amazing job Eric Schultz, Keith Kelly, Andrew Traylor and Mike Meagher.