Sean – Comedy Jazz Portrait Photos in Cambridge
I love this guy. Who else would pose for comedy jazz photos for me?
Not many people. A few maybe, but Sean is a special guy. It’s rare to see him without a smile on his face and even when you do, he’s usually feigning seriousness in the name of a joke.
Sean loves to laugh. It peals out of him like he’s a happy bell atop a tower, calling to the town that everything is ok and yes, we’re having fun and it’s infectious, which means working with Sean is loads of fun. You can’t help but spend most of the day laughing.
I had this idea for a portrait involving a jazz musician who had inadvertently blown a chewing gum bubble out of the end of a trumpet and as soon as I thought of the idea, Sean’s grin and booming laugh came to mind. I also knew he’d probably be up for doing it.
On the day of the shoot we were a little stuck for a venue. We had contacted a couple of local jazz/night clubs but both fell through. In the end I got talking to someone from the Cambridge Corn Exchange, and after talking to Roisin, one of the lovely ladies who worked upstairs, we ended up setting up on the stage in the Guildhall. It was such an amazing space – a huge room with a big stage one end. No one around but us, (myself, Sean and Oliver Hussick, who is my go-to lighting tech and driver, as well as all-round good egg & another guy who likes to laugh.) and a couple of builders who were doing some work on one of the windows up near the ceiling. We shot for about an hour . Sean, who is not a professional model, took direction really well and even threw in a few poses of his own and I not only got the shots I wanted, but also some nice portrait shots for Sean too. A very successful day in all.
If I was to shoot a quirky image of you, what would it entail?