The Decemberists – Hazards of Love
My recent photoshoot with Capitol Records recording artist The Decemberist’s was an adventure! The photogragraphy for their new album Hazards of Love was shot by LA photographer Autumn De Wilde. I carpooled with Jenny Jiminez, Autumn’s assistant and Sarah Murphy, producer. We piled into the Subaru at 3:30 a.m. in Seattle and made our way to Portland, Oregon on one of rainiest mornings in Washington’s history. It continued to rain throughout the day.
We arrived just in time for our 8AM call time at the Ace Hotel, grabbed coffee from Stump Town and headed out to Colin Meloy’s house. It was on the outskirts of Portland and up a huge winding hill, felt like we were in the middle of a forest. We quickly set up in Colin’s garage and I did makeup for the five band members and two guest vocalists, Lavender Diamond out of Los Angeles and My Brightest Diamond out of Brooklyn. When makeup and hair was set, we headed out for a fifteen minute hike up to the first location, in a down pour!! Garbage bags and umbrellas were used to protect the camera’s and equipment, and it was hard not to slip on the muddy trail. The location was incredible and worth the soggy journey. I was soaked for the entire day!
The second location was the studio attached to the Ace Hotel. Dry land!! Autumn had a gigantic backdrop ready and had built a diorama out of black cardboard panels and cut-outs of cactus’ with weeping willows. Her creativity has no bounds. It ended up being a 14 hour day and at the end we discovered that all the freeways into WA were closed due to a huge sweeping flood. We ended up staying at the Ace that night, then I flew home next morning. Can’t wait to see the photos come out in print, it was truly one of the most memorable shoots that i’ve ever done.
Band members: Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, John Moen
Guest vocalists: Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)
Photography: Autumn De Wilde Assistant: Jenny Jimenez
Stylist: Shirley Kurata Makeup/Hair: Me!
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