I have the opportunity to meet and photograph a lot of incredible musicians that visit The Current's recording studio in Saint Paul. Mostly I get to do documentary style images during the recording session, trying to capture the personality of the artist on and off the microphone. While I have really gotten to know the studio space, and how to make artists look their best in there, I always take inspiration when I get the opportunity to work in a new space.
Last month the Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, who together are First Aid Kit, performed at First Avenue to a sold out audience. The Current was scheduled to have the band in the studio again to record a session, but a last minute opportunity for a TV appearance for the band meant they would be coming into Minneapolis on a redeye from California, and wouldn't have time to come to the studio. Still wanting to capture something unique for our audience, we arranged to have a writer from The Current and myself meet the band at the venue between soundcheck and the show for a quick interview and portrait session. While dialing in two different setups in a corner of First Ave, I had the pleasure of listening to the band's gorgeous soundcheck. Taking only 5 or 10 minutes to capture a few different looks, it was great to work with First Aid Kit who are wonderful professionals after releasing their third album this year.