Group photos should tell the true story of the music. - Jacques Schutte, Photographer A brilliant group photo is one that captures the style and history of music, expresses the characters of the musicians, and carries genre-related elements. He is impressionable, professional, unique and genuine. Brilliant photos sell the total sound experience that awaits the listener.A failed photo shoot would be one that produced false visual representations of the music, or worse, false visual representations completely lacking in originality or authenticity.
These mistakes are made too often by too many people.I had a chat with music industry photographer Jacques Schutte to gather more ideas on what a successful group photoshoot entails and how to ensure the photographs will "work" for the group.Here are the do's and don'ts when it comes to putting together your group photoshoot project.
Develop your own idea, don't just copy itA great musician is one who can project and engrave an image in the mind of the listener with his performance. What image do you want to engrave in the memory of your listener? The listener should have the right preconceived idea of what the music will sound like based on the photos they see.Listen to your music and visualize. What do you see? Ask the same question to others and brainstorm ideas. Research the band photography of other musicians in your genre and start compiling a collection of references. Use your references as inspiration, but don't just copy them. Flying is lazy. I implore you to merge and transform the ideas that resonate with you to develop your own unique shoot idea.