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Artists Working Together ~ Portrait Photography San Francisco ~

I love the collaboration of artists working together and supporting each other.  Why they are not supportive or encouraging surprises me.  Here are instances of me working with a variety of artists and the imagery really is a collaboration.  The results are fantastic and a benefit.  Let’s work together for the better.  Be supportive with other creatives!


Portrait Photography of Artists


Portrait Photography of Artists


Portrait Photography of Artists


Portrait Photography of Artists


Portrait Photography of Artists


Portrait Photography of Artists

by Misti Layne

Los Angeles Music Photography and Musicians

Jimi Hendrix said “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Music photographers and musicians just go together.  Jimi Hendrix, like so many musicians I know, was an artist through and through and his passion coupled with his talent made him who he was.  If he was just a guitar player, even a great guitar player, he’d been off on the side of the stage for someone else to lead the show.   But instead because of quotes like this we know him to be the passionate, profound and intelligent person that he was too.  As a music photographer and capturing musicians live or in stills this persons passion and mine for who they are and for photography can create amazing, iconic music photographs with feeling and emotion hitting you viscerally.

An utterly amazing and talented friend of mine Johnny Ceravolo, the lead singer for When In Rome, recently posted on Facebook “More and more I want to say less and less.”  Johnny shares everything on Facebook and this was just one of many things he had to say one day.  His quotes can vary from the intelligent and critically thinking on the topic of religion or filled with swear words about the most mundane chores of life.

I have photographed When In Rome live as well as taken portraits of Johnny  Ceravolo just one on one.   He’s an amazing singer and talented guitar player and like Jimi Hendrix is an amazingly intelligent and passionate person.   His desires to share his music with the world, change the world, share his unique perspective and passion with people is great.  His love of music and people is tangible in minutes of meeting him or hearing his music.   I can’t imagine the sad day it would be if he did start to “say less and less.”   Of course there are moments we all feel this way but Johnny puts them out into the world and shares what the rest of us just think.

When I have photographed Johnny just as any other musician or band I can’t help but photograph them with my own feelings and emotions taking over or just becoming entwined with theirs.  That is why music photographers and musicians just go together.   The bond and love I have for musicians is just innate within me and I love photographing them and just being with them!

Here are just a few of my favorite images I’ve done and then there are these images on my blog Band Photos.

Johnny Ceravolo, When In Rome
Tara Novick, Live Music Photography
Tara Novick Music Portraits


of Johnny Ceravolo from When In Rome ~Musician Portrait Photography~

I have always loved live music and the eclectic nature and talent of musicians.   The passion they have is awe inspiring for me.  My friend Johnny Ceravolo is an amazingly talented musician and I had the pleasure of doing some black and white portraits of him recently.  He’s the lead singer for When In Rome and I originally met them when they played in San Francisco at the Red Devil Lounge.  Being a product of the 80’s I had to go see them along with Missing Persons and it was a great show.

I wanted to do some artistic musician portrait photography and he thankfully agreed!  We went to Franklin Park in Los Angeles and the weather was perfect.  I was last there with Tara Novick at 5am a couple years ago and it was moody and misty. This time it was sunny and lent itself to the dark, contrasty idea we had of black and white film and simple.  I believe the character of a musician has to show and I believe these do show Johnny and his personality and provide a sense of who he is.  He’s an amazing talent and I got wait to work together again!

Tara Novick and Music Photography ~Los Angeles Music Photographer~

So I had an absolutely great time shooting with Tara Novick last month.  He’s just finished a new CD and was looking for some images to use with it.  We started the first day at 5.30am.  Yea, I know, two creatives up at dawn is just easier to stay up all night.  But we did it.  No one was out and it was a beautiful park in Studio City.  The sun was barely coming up and the mist was fabulous.  It was just a great morning and we got just amazing shots.  It was a definite collaboration and brainstorming ideas as they happened.  The next session was at Jones.   Such a fitting place for the music and the vision I got from listening to the music.  Jones is so cool and old school and who knew we could call in a favor and get it!  It was fabulous working with Tara and I can’t wait till the record hits.  You can see him though playing with John Corbett Band too.