Backstage Portraits With Asking Alexandria, While She Sleeps, Motionless In White, & Betraying The Martyrs

Portraits are my favorite. I remember telling someone after this shoot that if these were the only images I got on this tour, I would be okay with that and go home a happy man. I had never really photographed about half of the people in these photographs, so it was exciting to get portraits of them! These are all shot pretty quick, maybe 30 seconds- 3 minute shoots backstage. These shoots are very “go with the flow” kinda shots, someone was getting tattooed in the room next door, we were surrounded by three dressing rooms, James was warming up on his drums, people were showering, this was a busy area! Thanks much to the bands/ crew for putting up with me AND letting me take their photograph, so sick!


At the start of this shoot I did a few different setups and became pretty frustrated. I think this was try three of having Sam (first guy I shot/ tested light on) go back into the dressing room while I adjusted light, and then return so I could shoot him again. I eventually settled on this set up.

580ex shot at the ceiling, LED panel on camera for fill and catchlight. It worked great and gave me a nice soft light that can sometimes be hard to get in smaller shooting areas. Backstage walls are white maybe 5% of the time? It was quite cool to have such a clean backdrop and not one with band/crew graffiti from every tour that passed through, often consisting of phallic objects and words you can’t say in school.

Everything is shot on a Canon 35mm f/1.4L pretty wide open.

Sam Bettley of Asking Alexandria

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Cameron Liddell of Asking Alexandria

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Cameron Liddell of Asking Alexandria

Cameron Liddell of Asking Alexandria – Purchase Limited Edition Print

James Cassells of Asking Alexandria

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James Cassells of Asking Alexandria

James Cassells of Asking Alexandria – Purchase Limited Edition Print

James Cassells of Asking Alexandria

James Cassells of Asking Alexandria – Purchase Limited Edition Print

Jesse Henke, Lighting Designer for Asking Alexandria

Jesse Henke, Lighting Designer for Asking Alexandria

Matt Welsh of While She Sleeps

Matt Welsh of While She Sleeps

Matt Welsh of While She Sleeps

Matt Welsh of While She Sleeps

Lawrence Taylor of While She Sleeps

Lawrence Taylor of While She Sleeps

Lawrence Taylor of While She Sleeps

Lawrence Taylor of While She Sleeps

Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria

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Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria

Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria – Purchase Limited Edition Print

Tom Begley, Tour Manager for While She Sleeps

Tom Begley, Tour Manager for While She Sleeps

Ben Bruce of Asking Alexandria

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Tyler Mahurin, Drum Tech for Asking Alexandria

Tyler Mahurin, Drum Tech for Asking Alexandria

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Aaron Matts of Betraying The Martyrs

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Joshua Balz of Motionless In White

Little Tyler, I don't know what he does or doesn't do

Little Tyler, I don’t know what he does or doesn’t do

Kyle Borman, FOH and Tour Manager for Asking Alexandria

Kyle Borman, FOH and Tour Manager for Asking Alexandria

James Cassells of Asking Alexandria

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Ricky Olson of Motionless In White

Ricky Olson of Motionless In White

Ricky Olson of Motionless In White

Ricky Olson of Motionless In White

Ricky of Motionless In White

Ricky of Motionless In White

Aaran McKenzie of While She Sleeps

Aaran McKenzie of While She Sleeps

Alan Fraser, Guitar Tech for While She Sleeps

Alan Fraser, Guitar Tech for While She Sleeps

Adam Savage of While She Sleeps

Adam Savage of While She Sleeps

Sean Long of While She Sleeps

Sean Long of While She Sleeps

Josh Korel, Tour Manager for Motionless In White

Josh Korel, Tour Manager for Motionless In White

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

Elliot Taylor, Merch For While She Sleeps

 

POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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