I haven’t posted here in a while. For a very good reason. I’ve been busy doing the work instead of writing about doing it. Productivity has replaced procrastination. And the last 6 months of 2017 have been particularly productive. I’ve worked hard at honing my portrait photography skills and the work is beginning to get to a place I’m happy with. Still a long way to go. Photography really is a journey and not a destination. Although a trite statement, it doesn’t make it any less true. Thank you to all the people who helped me on that journey in 2017 – you know who you are. Much appreciated. Here’s to all of us doing our best to do things better in 2018. Happy New Year to you all.
I’ve been working on promotional photography and design for a very interesting musician over the last couple of months. Originally from the Ivory Coast, AHOUHKa combines Ivorian traditional rhythmic sounds with electro music beats. Her hybrid approach to composing and performing her songs have resulted in a very inventive and original sound. AHOUHKa’s eclectic musical approach, in collaboration with composer Johan Blontrock, could be justifiable compared to the working methodology of Brian Eno or the creative soundscapes of Björk; who both constantly strive to redefine what a song or compositional sound can be. These same searching qualities are to be found in AHOUHKa’s music. Wishing AHOUHKa and her management team the very best of luck with the launch of her innovative and enchanting sound.
Link to AHOUHKa’s promotional site: https://www.ahouhka.com
It’s been a busy, productive and creative couple of weeks. Got to shoot some interesting people. And some Belgian pop stars for a sponsorship event organised by Orange France. Puggy. They’ll go far. Or further than the massive popularity they already enjoy in Belgium and France. International stardom beckons. Stay tuned. And yes, they are as nice – and as talented – as everyone says they are.
Thanks also to Laura Groeseneken, singer and keyboards with another talented Belgian band Ozark Henry. She has the voice of an angel and the feathers to match.
Blonde-haired Laura Stecca we spotted in a bar in Brussels and my friend and colleague Graziella Boggiano was good enough to broach the delicate subject of requesting a photoshoot. She agreed enthusiastically. Laura is from Venice, Italy and, hopefully, I captured some of the style and grace she has in common with her famous city.
Thanks again to my agent Jean-Claude Meert for making things happen and a big shout-out to an old friend and extremely talented photographer, Thierry Van Biesen, at https://www.ooshot.com Paris, for recommending me for the Puggy Orange France photoshoot. Onwards and upwards.
It’s been busy these last couple of weeks. I’m delighted I’m starting to get briefs that allow me to create the kind of portrait work I love to do – simple, yet with a lot of punch. The Belgian cartoonist Nix (http://www.nix.be) was a real pleasure to shoot. I love working with people who are passionate about what they do and Nix made my job of capturing his cheeky sense of humour easy and fun. Just as it should be. Onwards and upwards.
Quick update. I’m pleased to announce that I have a new agent for my professional portrait and reportage photography. His name is Jean-Claude Meert. A Belgian national with who I’ve had the pleasure working with on many advertising projects over the years. Jean-Claude has a vast amount of experience producing advertising TV spots with his own production company and as TV Producer with TBWA Brussels. Should you wish to contact him with a view to working together on a project his email is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some examples of portrait work posted on my IG account. Link : https://www.instagram.com/sean_hayes_photography/
If you like what you see why not visit my portfolio site? http://seanhayesphotography.format.com