I ask all musicians that would like me to photograph them to wear light colored shirts onstage; lighter colors help the light to reflect onto the subjects face. This enhances the sharpness of the photo. Red, green, yellow, orange or black. are not advised. A white dress shirt with black jacket and any color tie should work. Providing that the stage lighting is sufficient. Which leads me to the next point.
I do not use the flash during a live performance. It is distracting to the performers and the audience and flash lighting makes horrible images. Therefore, please make sure to have a technician on staff to operate overhead spotlights. White or amber lights are all that is needed. No colored lights please. Fixed lighting is fine for any performer who is NOT moving back and forth across the stage.
Failing these 2 simple things sets the photographer up for failure and is a let down and waste of time for all involved. That would be like asking the band to play their instruments without an amplifier or microphone. I need light to make beautiful images. My camera cannot create light. My goal is to create beautiful photos for the musician. Just like the musicians goal is to play on key and be heard!
Tracey Easter’s live performance requirements:
#1 Light colored shirt or dress (white or baby blue) keep it simple
#2 A technician to control spotlights or at least have lights turned on and adjusted toward each performers mark (no colored lights please)
Failure to meet these two simple requests will result in your photo-shoot being cancelled and not rescheduled. I would prefer to meet in advance at location of performance.
- Hair – If you’re getting a hair cut for your shoot, do so about two weeks beforehand, just in case it goes wrong – you just never know. For men, a fresh cut a couple of days before the shoot is fine.
- Hair accessories – If you’re shooting outdoors, be ready to put your hair up and make it look nice in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.
- Glasses – If folks wouldn’t recognize you without glasses, you want to wear glasses in your shoot – however, the glare on glasses can detract from your eyes in photos.
- Red eyes – Visine is your friend.
- Lips – You will probably wipe or lick your lips during your shoot, so bring fresh lip gloss or lipstick to do touch-up. Use lip balm for a few days in advance of your shoot to make your smoochers look their best.