Music Photography Blog

by Adam Elmakias

Tryin Something New

Photography has been a journey for me. An eight-year journey as of this year. Some years I try new things and learn a lot. Some years I continue what I enjoy and learn how to do it better. These past few years I have toured a lot. I want to get back into studio portraits, but I was bored. I feel like I’ve told this story 10 times now, but I just wasn’t enjoying studio work when I stopped doing it. Aside from my few shoots with Pierce The Veil, A Day To Remember and Of Mice & Men, I wasn’t creating work I actually liked. Reasons out of my control: not enough time, not the right subjects, etc. So I started scheduling shoots I want to do, and I want to continue doing it.

I originally meant to do this shoot with just Jona, then he wanted to bring his girlfriend and get naked, and I said – that sounds fun. I honestly love nudity. I shoot it a lot of the guys I tour with after shower time and just because they get naked a lot. Jona especially is always naked. So it was rad to get a girl in the mix and have fun posing some bodies. I want to do this more in the future. I know there are a lot of this these days, but I hope I can do it in a tasteful/artsy way where the nudity takes a back seat to the image. I am just obsessed with people’s skin. It’s so much fun to photograph. I always tell the artists I work with I like to take a photo of them naked. However, Jack from All Time Low is really the only one who lets me do it much and Jona.

Long story short I hope to shoot more things like this in the future. I just think it’s hard to do right. Lighting is pretty simple, I tried a few different edits for each setup. I posted a few here. Again, this is all for learning, so it might not be my best work- but it is new, and that’s what is important.