Since I first picked up a camera as a Laney College photo student 15 years ago I have photographed a lot of people: friends, family, strangers, politicians, athletes, students, children, elderly, couples, Americans, Indonesians, Indians, Papuans, farmers, firefighters, CEOs, Chocolatiers, models, and musicians. Very rarely do I ever get to shoot the same person twice, let alone three, four, or fives times. Enter Shannon Curtis.
Shannon is a very talented singer/songwriter whom I first met in a band she helped lead called Paradigm. From there she went out on her own, keyboard in the boot, VW out rolling out coast to coast, and has been continuing to make music her living and creative outlet ever since.
As she developed as an artist so did I. Each time we had a shoot we were always trying something different. We did studio, on location lighting, natural light, a funky holga plastic camera, film, digital, you name it, I tried it (well almost, there is always more to do!) With each project that came along I looked for what would fit her style and what the album was trying to convey and what creative boundary I could push. She always trusted my eye and I always liked her input and ideas. There is a lot to learn as a photographer, but if people are your subjects, trust and connection are really what make an image stand out and have meaning and depth. I feel that Shannon and I have had that since day one.
Below are some of my favorite images I have taken of Shannon over the years playing live or for a CD photo-shoot when she was in her band or flying solo.