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Martin Guitar Factory – Nazareth, PA

Martin Guitar Factory – Nazareth, PA

In late January I flew out of a torrential rainstorm in Los Angeles (a year’s worth of rain fell in one weekend) to the bitter chill of New York City. This was not a trip for taking in the weather! I was picked up at the airport and driven through the flat farmland of Amish country to the town of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. I’d come to shoot a special edition publication called The Martin Bible – a comprehensive guide to Martin Guitars and their history – and was especially excited as I love a factory tour.   The Martin Factory We started the day with a private tour of the Martin Factory at Sycamore Street, a huge facility with a red brick facade that recreates the original historic factory. We met the craftsmen and women who took us through some of the 300 stages it takes to build a Martin guitar. The factory is bright and airy with the expected, homely smell of freshly worked wood. I always enjoy seeing the personal areas of the workshop; the photos and nick-nacks, the worn-in tool handles, the wood shavings and glossy splodges of dried glue and varnish on the workbenches.     The…

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Joe Kelly at Monnow Valley Studio

Joe Kelly at Monnow Valley Studio

I love to be behind the scenes in the recording studio. In fact, I’m at my most zen when wearing ear defenders! This day was spent hanging out with Joe Kelly & The Royal Pharmacy (who my man is currently playing guitar with) as they recorded lots of twangy Americana behind the huge iconic glass doors at Monnow Valley Studio with producer Huw Price. It’s a quirky place with a homely vibe, a cosy fairy-light cocoon for your creativity. Joe is a prolific songwriter who seems to come up with five new songs every time he sits down, they just fall out of him! Is your band recording at Monnow Valley Studio or nearby Rockfield? Get in touch and let’s capture some vibe-y shots for your record sleeve!  

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New Website

New Website

Hello! I’m Eleanor Jane – a UK based music and travel photographer shooting creative portraiture for touring bands, live rock & roll, behind-the-scenes concert photography and epic road trip adventures. Welcome to my newly redesigned website and blog! It’s taken a little longer to get here than expected but I’m super happy to finally be able to share all my new music & travel photography, my published work and catch up on some belated blogging. A few of the retina images are a little bit glitchy at the moment but that should hopefully smooth out soon. In the meantime, enjoy the site, let me know if anything goes on the wonk and get in touch if you’d like to discuss your creative or commercial photography projects!

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Digital Photographer Interview

Digital Photographer Interview

If you’re looking for photography tips & inspiration in the news stands this month you might see my face peering back at you. I’ve been interviewed in the latest issue of Digital Photographer magazine about becoming a professional freelance photographer. Confusingly I’ve sort of been referred to as “Jane” throughout the feature but it’s definitely me! My images are the New York landscape and the wedding detail shot (the legs of Gemma & James!) and the other two belong to Surrey based family photographer Vicki Knights who also shares her freelance experiences. I hope someone finds it a little bit helpful in their journey… let me know what you think if you pick up a copy.

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Big Chill festival

Big Chill festival

The Big Chill festival at Eastnor Park the other weekend was a welcome break for Chris & I from what has been an endlessly hectic summer. The vibe this year was kind of different to when we went previously (& the comedy tent was nowhere to be found!) but still good times. This year Big Chill was all about delicious cider cocktails from the Somerset Cider Bus with fresh mint and raspberries. Standing almost right at the front for Robert Plant & The Band of Joy. AMAZING! I saw this photo yesterday of Led Zeppelin at the height of their fame and they seem so huge and unreachable. I could hardly believe just a few days before we watched Robert Plant from such an intimate distance. His Band of Joy were legends too which is more than can be said for Kanye West… hmm. Laying in the grass in the sunshine tasting my very first jelly nut before the appearance of dramatic black skies and the obligatory summer festival downpour. Abandoning the tent in favour of my cosy warm car. I love sleeping in my car! All the complimentary chocolate puds, yoghurts & cereals we could eat (and a strange…

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