Rockin Out

The music was loud and blowing, I was wearing earplugs, and a sour smell would occasionally waft my way if I stood in the wrong spot. Yep, I was definitely in a Hollywood club. More specifically, I was at the Dragonfly, even though it was a Sunday afternoon. It was the first day of Cockpit‘s first video shoot.

I grew up watching my sister obsess over Headbangers Ball, crush on Duff McKagan, and drool over leather jackets. It had always been her dream to be in a rock band, and for the past several years, she’s been playing as part of a hot all-female band called Cockpit.

Last year, a talented friend of mine, Agnes Chu of Anagogy Films, asked me if my sister’s band would be interested in filming a music video. Hell’s yeah! I thought. It was an easy decision for them, and after many months of conversations, they started filming this past weekend. I made a great groupie, hanging around the set all day, and they generously let me shoot stills to document the day.

Low-light settings, like clubs and bars, are always tough for me, and I don’t have the nicest of photographic equipment. As a result, I end up shooting wide open and worrying that my photos will come out blurred from any small movement or grainy from pumping up my ISO. My husband laughs at me whenever I complain that I need better glass or a new body (although my Rebel XT has been so good to me), but after seeing an article that effectively said to stop lusting for new equipment and make do with what you have, I’ve turned over a new leaf. I’d just have to be more creative in making whatever available light I had work harder for me. And, maybe not so surprisingly, making do really did help me learn more about my equipment and myself.

Photos are coming soon…

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