I'm not sure if Kristen Hill of Kristen Abigail Collective knows how much of my musician work was influenced by her musician work. She's shot the likes of Ryan Adams, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Mat Kearney, Gregory Alan Isakov and too many more to name. I even remember emailing her and asking how she was shooting all of these big names. Her answer: "I hustle".
Since then I put her "hustle" into practice and have ventured into the musician portrait photography genre a bit. It's been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life getting the shoot Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers), Ben Sollee, Griffin House, Nappy Roots, Laura Ballance and many more!
If you're interesting in getting into the music industry or need promo for you band then contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's some photos from the portrait shoot I did with her in downtown Raleigh.
I listened to Nappy Roots when I was in high school. My favorite beat was the collaboration of "Awnaw" with P.O.D's Marcus. It was nostalgic to be able to shoot portraits of them in Durham, NC at The Pinhook this week.
After they warmed up to me a bit we had a great shoot. I also got to connect with Drew Yager of CMK Productions. He's been with Nappy Roots for 4 years. You can see him in the photos below.
Someone else you might not know is Blake German. He is the tour DJ and producer for Nappy Roots new album "The 40 AKERZ PROJECT". I was able to grab him on his way out the door.
You can get Nappy Roots new album on iTunes here.