As some of you may know, I made & photographed the first album cover for my good friends in The Fray. I just found this detail shot from an alternate white bulb which never made the final cut.
As the story goes, it was late one night before the band’s artwork deadline and they weren’t happy with any of the options that the art department had provided. I asked if I could take a shot at something, and after listening to Joe talk about the themes on the album, I got a few ideas and headed for the supermarket to buy lightbulbs.
I spent the rest of the night huddled over a kitchen counter with Zach holding a desk lamp while I photographed broken bulbs with his digital point-and-shoot camera. The next day, the band selected one of the photos for the final cover. The album went on to become the largest selling iTunes record of its time.
Now, six years later, I’m getting ready to head out to Denver to see them as the hometown opener for U2 at Mile High Stadium. It looks like there may even be some tix still available if you’d like to join us.
Congratulations, Isaac, Joe, Ben, and Dave!

As some of you may know, I made & photographed the first album cover for my good friends in The Fray. I just found this detail shot from an alternate white bulb which never made the final cut.

As the story goes, it was late one night before the band’s artwork deadline and they weren’t happy with any of the options that the art department had provided. I asked if I could take a shot at something, and after listening to Joe talk about the themes on the album, I got a few ideas and headed for the supermarket to buy lightbulbs.

I spent the rest of the night huddled over a kitchen counter with Zach holding a desk lamp while I photographed broken bulbs with his digital point-and-shoot camera. The next day, the band selected one of the photos for the final cover. The album went on to become the largest selling iTunes record of its time.

Now, six years later, I’m getting ready to head out to Denver to see them as the hometown opener for U2 at Mile High Stadium. It looks like there may even be some tix still available if you’d like to join us.

Congratulations, Isaac, Joe, Ben, and Dave!

themadeshop
Hey fine folks. Check out the making-of-video for the Son Lux album. What an amazing project to be a part of!!!
themadeshop:

NPR* has just officially released The Making of Son Lux’s ‘We Are Rising’ Artwork video on their All Songs Considered page. As I mentioned before we did the entire project in 28 hours (actually a little under) and this video shows the whole process: buying the fireworks, building the set, the photo shoot, and then the full time-lapsed design and layout process, complete with Skype video-chats with Ryan in New York.
It was shot and edited by Michael Chiarelli, who’s one of my favorite editors, and we are so happy with it. It was such a fun, elaborate, and beautiful process. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse behind the scenes.
It’s worth watching full-screen, and—not to be presumptuous—but if you’ve got some headphones nearby, why not put those on as well :)
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*I’ve gotta say that being featured on NPR has actually been a life-long dream. Some people might want their work in Rolling Stone or something like that, but for me, it’s always been NPR.

Hey fine folks. Check out the making-of-video for the Son Lux album. What an amazing project to be a part of!!!

themadeshop:

NPR* has just officially released The Making of Son Lux’s ‘We Are Rising’ Artwork video on their All Songs Considered page. As I mentioned before we did the entire project in 28 hours (actually a little under) and this video shows the whole process: buying the fireworks, building the set, the photo shoot, and then the full time-lapsed design and layout process, complete with Skype video-chats with Ryan in New York.

It was shot and edited by Michael Chiarelli, who’s one of my favorite editors, and we are so happy with it. It was such a fun, elaborate, and beautiful process. Hope you enjoy this little glimpse behind the scenes.

It’s worth watching full-screen, and—not to be presumptuous—but if you’ve got some headphones nearby, why not put those on as well :)

—-

*I’ve gotta say that being featured on NPR has actually been a life-long dream. Some people might want their work in Rolling Stone or something like that, but for me, it’s always been NPR.

The Brothers Bloom original soundtrack album Artwork
I was looking through the Bloom stuff to find something today and realized I had forgotten what an amazing job Marke did on the artwork and layout. Sometimes we work together on different album projects, but since this was my own album, I basically just hired him and turned him loose. The result is a beautiful 18 page digital booklet that comes free with the album if you buy it on iTunes.
It’s a shame we haven’t figured out a better way to view digital album art, and I realized that a lot of people who like The Brothers Bloom have probably never seen this stuff. A couple other pages here.

The Brothers Bloom original soundtrack album Artwork

I was looking through the Bloom stuff to find something today and realized I had forgotten what an amazing job Marke did on the artwork and layout. Sometimes we work together on different album projects, but since this was my own album, I basically just hired him and turned him loose. The result is a beautiful 18 page digital booklet that comes free with the album if you buy it on iTunes.

It’s a shame we haven’t figured out a better way to view digital album art, and I realized that a lot of people who like The Brothers Bloom have probably never seen this stuff. A couple other pages here.

Son Lux Shoot: Pre-vis.
Greetings from the basement of The Made Shop headquarters. It’s 4.29 am and I was going to post a picture of my view, but you can’t see anything. Instead, here’s a picture from a few hours ago. It’s from a palette on a lift while scouting locations for the new Son Lux cover shoot.
Since the album was made in 28 days, we’re going to attempt to do the cover in 28 hours. It’s a few hours before it gets light and another few before we start.
Marke and Kim are upstairs. I can’t sleep, so I’m running scenarios and details in my head. Katie just woke up briefly and informed me that she was dreaming about the photo shoot (I’ll check with her later to see if the dream involved me falling off the forklift).
We’ll be documenting everything as we work (Michael is on video duty!) as well as posting some shots throughout the next few days so check in if you’re interested.
It’s now 4.57 and I’m gonna try to grab a few more hours sleep. More to come soon!

Son Lux Shoot: Pre-vis.

Greetings from the basement of The Made Shop headquarters. It’s 4.29 am and I was going to post a picture of my view, but you can’t see anything. Instead, here’s a picture from a few hours ago. It’s from a palette on a lift while scouting locations for the new Son Lux cover shoot.

Since the album was made in 28 days, we’re going to attempt to do the cover in 28 hours. It’s a few hours before it gets light and another few before we start.

Marke and Kim are upstairs. I can’t sleep, so I’m running scenarios and details in my head. Katie just woke up briefly and informed me that she was dreaming about the photo shoot (I’ll check with her later to see if the dream involved me falling off the forklift).

We’ll be documenting everything as we work (Michael is on video duty!) as well as posting some shots throughout the next few days so check in if you’re interested.

It’s now 4.57 and I’m gonna try to grab a few more hours sleep. More to come soon!