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!
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!
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.
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…
Look what arrived via FedEx from New York yesterday afternoon… the latest issue of Guitar World featuring my Rory Gallagher gear shots. Best of all, my photo of his iconic Strat is the pull out centerfold poster!I took the pictures a couple of weeks back in an attic in West London (dragging my studio kit up the rickety wooden ladder was an experience I’ll never forget!) crammed with Rory treasures; priceless guitars, magazines, tour ephemera, recordings and his inspirational floor to ceiling vinyl collection. Rory’s family do a great job of looking after his legacy and I was very grateful for the opportunity to document such valuable items. I also drove past a Stormtrooper skipping hand in hand with his sweetheart down a Chiswick high street on the way home. Which was weird.