New Cockpit Photos

New Cockpit Photos

Back in February, the girls of Cockpit asked for some new band shots, and I was happy to oblige. They just needed a few, quick shots that they could use for some upcoming touring, so to keep things simple we stayed in and around their practice room in Hollywood.

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During the course of the shoot, I learned that the girls were supposed to take photos of themselves in their Guitar Star t-shirts to send to the company. They didn’t need anything fancy, but since I had enough time to stick around, they decided to have some fun in the hot tub. Because, seriously, who wouldn’t love a bunch of girls wearing their t-shirts in a hot tub?

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Meet Angela Grant

Meet Angela Grant

When you first meet Angela, you wouldn’t guess that within that quiet, small, Disney-loving person is a hardcore rocker chick. I first met Ang years ago, when she was playing with my sister in Cockpit. An amazing guitarist and talented musician, you can see Ang play with prominent cover bands Blonde Jovi and Valley Dolls. And most recently, she’s been teaching guitar lessons at the Guitar Center in Woodland Hills, so if any of you are in need of a guitar lessons, give Ang a call!

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“Chris Westlake Demo”

“Chris Westlake Demo”

As the familiar sounds of harmonics and tuning wafted through the air, it was like I had gone back 10 years in my life. It was a long time ago, but that was the last time I had stood amidst an orchestra. This past weekend, I again felt the familiar energy and pulse of a group coming together to perform. And I have to admit, it’s definitely something that I’ve missed.

I was graciously invited to a local recording studio to document the first time Chris was recording a demo with a full orchestra. It was impressive, to say the least. Chris is an incredibly talented composer and to hear his work come to life in a recording studio was an amazing experience. Just the sheer size of the mixing board was a sight to behold, let alone trying to understand everything that was going on. Witnessing how the magic happens gave me a whole new appreciation for composition that goes far beyond the tedious Certificate of Merit tests I had to endure as a child.

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Cockpit Photos!

Cockpit Photos!

A couple of days ago, I blogged about my sister’s band, Cockpit, and their first video.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day.  I can’t wait to see how it turns out on video!






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…