Jill Jackson

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?” is the title of Jill Jackson’s most recent album. It was released in May last year and I was responsible for shooting publicity images for it, documenting the recording process as well as filming music videos for the first two singles, “My Baby” and “Goodbye”. The photoshoot took place on a cold winter day in December 2017 in Glasgow’s Charing X area, Kelvingrove Park and my flat. It was freezing but Jill is a trooper and this shoot was, quite literally at points, a walk in the park in comparison to some of our previous endeavours (for “The Ones That Got Away” album cover for example, I had her standing knee-deep in ice cold Loch Lomond waters in November).

“My Baby” music video was filmed backstage at the Barrowlands as well as during album’s launch night at Saint Luke’s while “Goodbye” was filmed in WEST On The Green and Glasgow Green. By the way, the album itself is brilliant so go get yourself a copy.

 

“Are We There Yet?” Promo shoot:

Recording process (at Kyoti Recording Studio):

Barrowlands dressing room during the filming of "My Baby" music video:

Album Launch at Saint Lukes:

GEAR:
Nikon D4
Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f1.4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8
Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight
Neewer 120cm Octabox
Reflector


PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter 

Videos filmed with Sony A7III + Sony 35mm f1.8
Nikkor 85mm f1.4
Metabones Nikon G to Sony NEX E-mount Converter
Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal
Edited in FCPX

Keep The Flame Alight

One of my favourite projects of 2018 was working on Martha L. Healy’s sophomore album “Keep The Flame Alight”. The publicity images and the album cover, as well as the music video for album’s lead single “No Place Like Home”, were all shot in the Scottish countryside (Stirlingshire to be precise). I also designed the album packaging. If you’d like to catch Martha live, she will be opening for Jill Jackson in a couple of weeks at this year’s Celtic Connections (tickets here). I’ll be there and so should you cause both of these ladies rock. In the meantime, check out the video and some of the photos we took for this project:

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

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Video filmed with Sony A7III + Sony 35mm f1.8
Metabones Nikon G to Sony NEX E-mount Converter
Nikkor 85mm f1.4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal
Edited in FCPX

GEAR:
Nikon D4
Nikkor 85mm f1.4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Neewer 120cm Octabox
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter 

2018 Round Up

Well hello 2019. I’ve read enough short essays from various people on social media summarising their ‘18 so I’m going to spare you (and myself) another one. Instead, here are some of my favourite images I took in the past 12 months:

And, as always, here’s a round up of my favourite music from 2018:

ALBUMS OF 2018

Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe
Caution Mariah Carey
Isolation Kali Uchis
Honey Robyn
Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves
I Used To Know Her H.E.R.
Murmurations Simian Mobile Disco
Bloom Troye Sivan
Ella Mai Ella Mai

SONGS OF 2018

Butterflies Kacey Musgraves
Love That Makes You A Cup Of Tea
Gretchen Peters
Make Me Feel Janelle Monáe
GTFO Mariah Carey
Missing You Robyn
Bloom Troye Sivan
Like Sugar Chaka Khan
After The Storm Kali Uchis
Tongue MNEK
Boys Lizzo
Hard Place H.E.R.

Rab Noakes & Jill Jackson

Rab Noakes is a legendary Scottish songwriter/performer and I photographed him this summer alongside Jill Jackson to promote their current tour together (you can check the dates and tickets here). We used Òran Mór and Ruthven Lane in Glasgow’s West End and you can see a few shots from that day below:

GEAR:
Nikon D4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Nikon SB-5000 Speedlight
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter
Neewer 120cm Octabox

Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!

Bye bye 2016! And what a year it's been - seems like the world turned upside down these past 12 months and nothing will ever be the same. Let's hope for a less mental year ahead! Here are some of my favourite shots taken in 2016:

Caroline Gilmour - "Electric Waterfalls" EP cover shoot, January 2016

Caroline Gilmour - "Electric Waterfalls" EP cover shoot, January 2016

Mark Angels, January 2016

Mark Angels, January 2016

Monkoora, February 2016

Monkoora, February 2016

Horse - "Careful" Promo, March 2016

Horse - "Careful" Promo, March 2016

Glenelg Football Calendar, May 2016

Glenelg Football Calendar, May 2016

Ceòl's Craic - "Briseadh Na Cloiche" (Play), June 2016

Ceòl's Craic - "Briseadh Na Cloiche" (Play), June 2016

Andrew, June 2016

Andrew, June 2016

Poppy & Emily, June 2016

Poppy & Emily, June 2016

Nu Blvck, July 2016

Nu Blvck, July 2016

Jill Jackson, August 2016

Jill Jackson, August 2016

Carrie Mac, August 2016

Carrie Mac, August 2016

Olivia Ennemoser - "Don't Explain" Album Cover Shoot, August 2016

Olivia Ennemoser - "Don't Explain" Album Cover Shoot, August 2016

Tyler, December 2016

Tyler, December 2016

And here’s a recap of my favourite albums and tracks from 2016 (in no particular order):

ALBUMS:

Alicia Keys "Here"

Beyoncé "Lemonade"

Christine & The Queens "Chaleur Humaine"

Solange "A Seat at the Table"

Chance The Rapper "Coloring Book"

Margo Price "Midwest Farmer's Daughter"

Drake "Views" The Weeknd "Starboy"

Tove Lo "Lady Wood"

Michael Kiwanuka "Love & Hate"

Bruno Mars "24K Magic"

SONGS:

Christine & The Queens "Tilted"

Bruno Mars "Chunky"

Michael Kiwanuka "Cold Little Heart"

Margo Price "Four Years Of Chances"

Beyoncé "Daddy Lessons"

Drake "One Dance"

Weeknd "Rockin'"

Tove Lo "True Disaster"

Justin Timberlake "Can't Stop The Feeling"