Category Archives: Music

At the end of last year I had the pleasure of working with the talented Nicole Andrews on the artwork for her forthcoming album In The Shallows. Nicole had seen my underwater work and really wanted to incorporate that in the artwork somehow. After some discussion we came up with the ideas you see in the images below, and I really think they compliment Nicole’s music quite well. We shot the images in one evening and the designer Ceire Hopley created the beautiful layout with a logo by Jaya Gibson. Please check out Nicole Andrews’ album In The Shallows.

I’ve worked previously with Kid Mac on his album release promo shots, but we got together when he was in Los Angeles recently to create some images for Sunglass & Watch Brand Kito 1981 who Mac represents.

Kid Mac is a rising star in the Australian music scene with his 2nd album ‘Head Noise’ just released. I was lucky to spend some time with Mac on a recent trip to Australia and shoot some promo shots for the upcoming tour and release. Some of these images went on to be published in Rolling Stone Magazine.

When UK band Tokyo Taboo came to Los Angeles to film their new music video they asked me to come along and shoot some promo shots for them. A crack-of-dawn hike up to the Hollywood Sign followed by a quick swim at Santa Monica beach rounded the day out.

I’ve been a fan of The Melvins since the late 90’s when a friend introduced me to their album Stag after a gig one night. It blew me away with it’s distorted, dissident but yet highly melodic tunes and I knew I was going out the next day to buy the CD (This is before the days of iTunes! Ask your parents if you don’t know what I’m talking about.). I even got to see them play in Sydney once and it was amazing. Whilst I’m not the hugest fan of theirs, some albums I just don’t get in to, I still really appreciate the tightness and fatness of their sound considering they are a 3 piece, with Buzz’s vocals filling any gaps there might be in the sound. Fast forward over ten years and I’m now with a girl who is FANATICAL about them, would follow them around the…

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Music has been a huge part of my life for years, I played in bands and even started my own record label. One of the main things that drew me to the scene wasn’t so much getting up on stage myself (even though I do love that) but being able to take photos of these cool artists. Being a live and studio music photographer has always been a dream. One such group of people are The Charcoal White, a blues/jazz/country/soul/younameit band from Wellington, New Zealand. We got together for a shoot and along with costume designer Tira O’Daly and hair/make-up artist Jaime Leigh we got some pretty cool shots…

When I was younger I used to watch a show called All Together Now that was about this old time rock star, Bobby Rivers played by Jon English, who ends up having no career but twin children that keep trying to pull him in to the 90’s when all he wants to do is stay in the 70’s where the music was good. No, when the music was GREAT! Jump nearly 20 years later and here I am in the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre being taken back to the 70’s by that self same Mr English, being treated to a musical buffet of 70’s classics and having my god damn socks rocked off by a bunch of over-talented and probably under-age* musicians in The Rock Show! * Well probably not under-age, but half of them were under 20 at least. Cheeky buggers with their multi-talents, makes me sick 😉

Having been a musician and involved in theatre myself over the years, I know how hard it can be to get good quality promotional photos at a decent price. You’re a struggling artist but you still need something to autograph for those flocking fans, which is why there’s this super sweat deal: 1hr photo shoot DVD of final images $100 for Individuals, $200 for Bands. Why so cheap you ask? Well, I’m going to be in Australia from the 16th Dec and it’s a great opportunity for me to work with some interesting people. I did a shoot with my friends Kim and Kita last time I was back and it was so much fun I just want to do it again. For more of my work and to get in contact you can go to my portfolio at www.brettstanleyphoto.com or email me direct at info@brettstanleyphoto.co.nz.

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