Early in 2016 I had a conversation on Twitter with Kevin of Reaction Music about photographs he wanted for the website they are creating. In June Kevin got in touch again about an event that he wanted me to photograph – an African drumming workshop Reaction Music was giving in Hereford for a staff training day for the CLD Trust, who run the Herefordshire Strong Young Minds project.
I met with Kevin for the free consultation I give before all of my photo shoots to talk about what he was looking for in the photographs of the session. He was after close ups of Ron Macauley, who would be leading the workshop, as well as close ups of hands drumming with some of those showing the movement, and photographs that included the attendees participating.
I arrived early and met the workshop leader Ron who was very friendly and outgoing, and comfortable with being photographed during the session. I helped move a few drums up to the meeting room where the workshop was going to be held before having a look around at the lighting and placement of the chairs – making sure I had enough room to move from one side of the room to the other behind the chairs while the workshop was on without disturbing anyone.
The room had lots of natural light on a cloudy day, with light coloured walls and ceiling that would help diffuse the light even more evenly. I took a few test photographs and was ready. Once the workshop started I really wanted to join in! It was great fun taking the photographs for it, but it looked even better to be taking part.
Post-processing was straightforward, partly because of the soft, even lighting, and Kevin was pleased with the results – Reaction Music started using the photographs right away on their twitter page.
I enjoyed this shoot, and working with Reaction Music. I’m looking forward to photographing more music workshops with them.