Earlier this year I took some photos of my nephew Max, for this blossoming music career, and last week I returned to South London for some portraiture photography practice with my cameras and a similar brief to assist one of his friends, Abi Riggs, who is also just starting out as a talented singer song writer. With a new EP about to be released, which Max has helped produce, they needed a few for promotional use plus something suitable for the EP cover.
I’d probably describe Abi’s music as an eclectic mix of Kate Melua & Lily Allen, and after some outdoor shoots around the house we headed off to Croydon for some location shoots and a little “urban decay”.
Croydon’s Whitgift Centre has plenty of street art, so we started here using this for some backdrops. In addition to some ‘edgy’ urban settings I also managed to capture what I think are some lovely variety of images that can be used for promotional purposes that illustrates the versatility of this young lady.
A cafe called Matthew’s Yard proved to be a great location for a few ad-hoc photos too, including one of my personal favourites (top photo), plus the proprietor allowed us to photograph in the pop-up art gallery inside the bar. This also happens to be a venue that Abi will be playing in the near future. We ended the day on the roof top of a multi-storey carpark, which I have to admit I don’t think worked out as well as I’d hoped, but may have worked better in the early morning, although we did get one or two here that made it worthwhile.
Abi was a pleasure to work with, and I’m sure she’ll go far. The more time I spent doing portraiture of this kind the more I’m enjoying it, and it’s generally great practice too.
Here are a few of my personal favourites: