Kevin Garrett is a helluva talent!

I had the opportunity to photograph singer/songwriter Kevin Garrett last Thursday at JBTV Music Television. I have to say I was pretty damn impressed by his work and talent. 

He's traveling with a band right now, but often he seems to perform solo. 

Wiki writes this about him: 

Kevin Garrett is an American musician from PittsburghPennsylvania based out of BrooklynNew York.
Kevin Garrett was born on March 25, 1991, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His debut EP, Mellow Drama, was released on April 7, 2015. Garrett co-wrote and co-produced "Pray You Catch Me", the lead track on Beyoncé's album, Lemonade.[7]

The show at JBTV was at noon, and while they were in the green room before their performance, he and his band were chowing on some salads they ordered in. He stuck his head out the green room and asked, "Portillo's is a big Chicago mainstay, right?" 

"Yeah," I said. "They're huge. Everyone loves that place ..." I paused and looked in to see no one had a burger, polish or fries and said, "Wait, none of you got a polish and fries?" 

"No," he said. 

We both laughed. 

Below is the photo I took of him. Facebook hated the treatment I did so I had to do another edit. Facebook pixelated the hell out of the red. To see the other version I did, check my Facebook feed. 

Check out some of his work on youtube

Enjoy. 

Arkells rock and SO do you!

Last Monday, I photographed a portrait and part of the performance with the band Arkells at JBTV Music Studio

From Wiki

Arkells are a Canadian rock band, formed in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2006, they signed with Dine Alone Records,[1] and have since signed with Universal Records Canada.[2] They have released four albums, two EPs and a number of singles that have charted in Canada. The band has won multiple Juno Awards, including one for their album High Noon in 2015.

As I photographed their sound check, I could tell these guys were super cool, very talented and definitely entertaining on stage. They were cool to meet in our quick photo session backstage and were complimentary of my camera gear. 

They did not disappoint the crowd that showed up on their lunch breaks to catch the intimate show. 

If you happened to miss them, check out anything you can find online and grab tickets next time they pass through Chicago or your town! 

Shooting with stylist Rosie Mae

A couple of months ago, my brother-in-law Michael Serafini told Tina and I about a local fashion designer named Rosie Mae who he met at his record store Gramaphone Records

We connected and Tina opened a discussion about a photo shoot featuring some of her designs and styling. We ended up scheduling a quick shoot the last week in June. 

And while I'm not a huge fan of photographing outside at high noon, that was what we agreed to. I'm not afraid of shooting at any time if it's approached well. We ended up shooting with a Einstein and a Photek soft lighter for most of these shots, and I couldn't be happier -- given all the factors around the shoot. 

I mixed use of a Canon 5D Mark III with a 50mm f1.4 at around f2 to f2.5 using a variable ND filter and a Hasselblad H5D-40 shooting around f4-f6.8 at 1/800th of a second. 

Our location was the bird sanctuary at Montrose Harbor. It was chosen because it's easy to get to and we didn't have a lot of time to spend running around trying to find locations. It was a Saturday and very crowded. But we make it all work. 

Our team was:

HMUA:
La'Yanna Kai

Models:
Gabija Guzauskaite
Binette Diallo

Wardrobe Stylist:
Rosie Mae

Photo Assistants: 
Adam Clayton
Luis Marin

Producer: 
Tina Serafini

Photographer:
Me.  

Enjoy these photos! 

Follow along with our weekly vLogs

For years, I've intermittently vLogged our experiences. I stopped all together when we re-branded our company with a new identity and name. I'm talking about Wittefini, in case you didn't know.

I'm late to vLogging with regularity game, but I decided that I'm going to at least vLog once a week for as long as I can and as often as I can.

Right now I'm still in an experimental phase. The videos are down and dirty, and I'm taking time away from any downtime I have to produce and edit them. But once I set my mind to something ... I give it my damnedest.

Below is vLog #009. Probably my favorite so far.

Go to my YouTube page to view past episodes or to subscribe if you'd like to follow along. I'm hoping to also start mixing in other personal projects as well as pro work.

Enjoy.





One of my favorite portraits of all time: Phantogram

After yet another hacker attack on my jeremywitteveen.com site, I'm having to rebuild it yet again. 

Below you'll find a photo of the band Phantogram that I took last year. It's one of my favorites of all time. Go here to review more photos I've taken of musicians. 

DreamHost is quite possibly the most insecure host of all time. 

This is the third time I've rebuilt Jeremy Witteveen.com and it's the fifth website I've rebuilt because of compromised security issues with DreamHost.