For several years I've worked with Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current. The station plays an eclectic mix of some of the best new contemporary and established musicians, drawing from local, national, and international scenes. Spring is always a busy time for artists on tour to visit Minnesota, and many stop by The Current to record in the studio or for a brief interview.
I've set up a small photo studio at the station to capture portraits of the artists visiting the studio. As more of The Current's audience engages with the station digitally, the portraits help drive traffic to the interviews and recording sessions.
Each portrait I approach fresh, trying to create something tailored to the specific artist, and their music and aesthetic. At the same time I strive to keep some consistency within the body of images for The Current. Most of the portrait sessions are five minutes or less as the interviews and recording sessions that air on the radio are still the primary focus, but by having the lighting dialed in before the artist arrives I'm ready to capture the portrait quickly.
It is a wonderful partnership with The Current to have full creative control, and the opportunity to work with so many incredible artists.