I couldn't resist posting this video. This was a simple sound check in a castle-ruin room, which turned into a gorgeous, off the cuff moment between best friends. The way this vocal performance and chemistry just unravelled still makes me laugh and smile every time I watch it back.
I cannot count the number of times I hear people, especially wedding clients, say, "I hate staged photos, I prefer when everything is just natural and not set up". Though I share a certain amount of this sentiment, photographers know just how much work, thought and experience goes into 'setting up' the moment, place, angle, lens, and light in order to catch it; there is a certain amount of lead up into catching the spontaneity in peoples expressions, and huge amount of mental focus and instinct.
However, in a very welcome twist, whilst still playing around with video ideas and performances with musicians.. even I was caught off guard from behind the camera. And it was an incredibly refreshing surprise.
Adam and I had walked around a castle ruin for a few minutes, our flip flops kicking up dry dust into the dying sun. We had our friends' dog
Axel, the well-known and super-loved legend of a canine, trotting along with us, meandering between our feet and ancient castle rocks which scattered the ground around us.
Following him into a dark doorway, I found my calls to him echoed and deadened in a small, low ceiling, stone room, with a single small slit window to the left. From it, the sun bled in, casting an ethereal shaft across the space. I shouted to Adam that it could be an interesting acoustic, and so I hit record. He sat down, and just started singing. I had no intention of even trying to compose, focus or move.. but I soon realised it was all too spontaneous, too brilliant and off the cuff, to not keep recording.
If we had decided to use Axel as some sort of planned role in a cute 'Lean on Me' video, it could never have turned out as honest and as beautiful as this. I didn't even know what he would sing, or if Axel would sit with him. It's also awesome to hear Hobo Chic's voice a cappella, and hear it's warmth through a giggle and a smile. I battled for days as to whether I should even share this take, because of the sketchy nature of it's opening shot.. but it's too wicked not to.
This is a share for all the Meribel lovelies who adore this pup too, and a far off wave to the Daisy B fam who are still living it up and performing in Luz, Portugal. We had such a wonderful time with you all!
What lucky things we are, to be able to call this stuff... W O R K.