Austin-based musician Vinnie Lu (and my former Groton cross-country team member!) asked me to photograph portraits for his new website. I had photographed him and fellow Groton musician Davis Vigneault like 7 years ago in this crumby little practice/performance space that they wrangled from Groton. I remember shooting some really fun black and white film shots of them misplaying instruments and making some contrasty 16×20″ prints. This was a slightly different assignment though as Vinnie is now a professional musician and needs a cleaner and more welcoming web presence than the gritty (and in retrospect way overly-dramatic) prints I probably used a 5 contrast filter on.
Vinnie is from Nashua, New Hampshire so I had initially planned on taking the photos around his home and then head “downtown” for urban portraits before exploring the hills of Temple and Peterborough, NH. I arrived in Nashua 2 hours before the shoot and started to wander around. It was a drizzly and kind of depressing day in Nashua and I couldn’t find the right locations for the weather. Concord, NH has a brighter edge and feels more uplifting so I decided we would go there instead. Vinnie hadn’t been that far North in years.
We started out at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which is a pretty classic place to take portraits. I’m sure every wedding photographer in Central New Hampshire knows about it. Since Vinnie is constantly performing he was very easy to photograph and did a great job listening to direction.
On the way over to the State Hospital / State Offices land, we stopped in at White Park, which didn’t have the ice I thought it would. The Pond hosts the annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in January.
It was my first time taking pictures on the State Hospital campus and I think we got there a little bit too late for how overcast it was. I was imagining the natural light would be a bit brighter, but the artificial lights really overpower things quickly. I liked all the different textures, surfaces, and architectural pieces you can find. There is also a lot of random steam coming up this time of year, which always makes photography fun (just like that number 5 filter).
Vinnie was getting cold so we squeezed in one last shoot on top of the Concord Parking Garage downtown. I accidentally left my car unlocked with my laptop, lenses, and all my other gear while I took these last photos. I also managed to break my softbox hot shoe flash adapter when I put it in the car. $50 down the drain… All in all, I was pretty happy with the backdrops Concord had to offer and I got Vinnie back in time for dinner and nothing got stolen.