Holly Jones Album Cover Shoot

Posted by Marshall Hawkins on 02/06/2017

I get asked often what are my favorite sessions.  It’s a hard question to answer. It depends on the time of year and my mood. It’s like picking your favorite kid (right now it’s my 2nd child, Ellis… haha). Half the time I answer with “Engagement Sessions”, followed with my reasoning “spending 90 minutes with a couple in the prime of their life, deeply in love with one another… you get to be creative and expressive.” And it’s true. I love engagement sessions (as I love weddings and senior portraits much for the same reasons). The other 50% of the time, I answer with, “Artists”.

I’m a big fan of the arts. I’m a HUUGE movie buff. I love books, particularly legal thrillers, crime novels, and everything Stephen King. I greatly appreciate the works of Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, and Claude Monet.  But music is my favorite of the arts. Ask me my dream job and my answer is always and will always be, “ Rock star.”  If you asked me what my dream photography job is and my answer would be (other than Bon Jovi’s tour photographer) photographer/creative design for a major record label. I love musicians and completely understand their dreams and what drives them. I love how music and photography are so mutually beneficial to one another.  I love how an album cover can define its album and how the music can bring more sentiment and meaning to its cover art. Can you imagine what Beatles Revolver would sound like without its epic black and white inked cover art? It is a perfect album but I can’t imagine it sounding the same. Or can you imagine just how boring you might find the cover of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet –an expertly shot yet unimpressive photograph of a black trash bag, sprayed with water and the album’s title traced through the beads (by Jon Bon Jovi’s finger as legend has it) - if it didn’t have Living on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, and 8 other stellar rock tunes  to back it up? If the music business could get their act together, that dream may still be alive, but occasionally I get a taste of what that life could be.

In late 2015, I was invited to the home of Fred & Holly Jones to meet and plan our shoot for album and promotional photography for Holly’s new collection of piano works, Storyteller.  After seeing her piano room and its star, her gorgeous Bosendorfer grand piano, the strategy took form. The majority of the shoot took place in and right outside of that room. We captured shots of her hands playing as well as big candid playing shots of her and the entire instrument. We shot many portraits in that room. To give her collection more color and diversity, we stepped outside to capture “deep thinking” type of imagery. We shot nearly 1700 images that day and I couldn’t be happier with the images they selected to use. It’s a beautiful album. She can write a beautiful and memorable melody… and her talent is not only being capable of playing complex arrangements but also knowing when to pull back and letting the melody breathe. I strongly encourage you to check it out and mark your calendars for her EP release party at UCO Jazz Lab May 25, 2017, 7:30pm. First the links, then the photography.

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