A few months ago, I received a call from Tiffany Napper of Yamaha Corporate Artist Affairs asking if I was available to shoot an artist on a hybrid photo/video shoot, which is part interview, part commercial - to be featured online and in print. Schedules matched, and the shoot was scheduled!
The shoot was for Yamaha All Access, with the legendary 15 time Grammy winning jazz pianist Chick Corea.
I took on the wonderfully talented photographer Zekeshem Parsons of Blue Lane Photography/Room 3307 as an assistant for the shoot, which was to take place in and around Chick Corea's home in Clearwater, FL.
The shoot went well! Chick and his management were great to work with, the Yamaha crew was great to work with, and Zekeshem is always great to work with! We did have a couple of challenges, but nothing we haven't faced before - shoot time was cut in half, we ended up having to work with just one location, lighting was difficult (reflective surfaces, dark wooden ceilings, etc.).
Chick had a collection of amazing instruments, including the Yamaha Avant Grand, a Yamaha Concert Grand Piano, a Bosendorfer Grand w/extra notes, and various other keyboards, etc. Dave Weckl's drumkit and sticks were also at his place!
The Yamaha All Access magazine and Yamaha All Access 360 behind-the-scenes video of the shoot both came out great! The Yamaha All Access 360 site is a gorgeous interactive flash website featuring videos, photos, magazine links, product information, etc. Be sure to check it out!
Below is the Yamaha All Access 360 video, followed by links to the 360 & magazine sites, then some photos from the shoot.
Big thanks to Yamaha, Chick, and Zekeshem!
"Chick Corea is a current featured artist on Yamaha All Access 360! Check out and share the behind-the-scenes video, and visit www.yamahaallaccess360.com to see never-before-seen photos, his spread in All Access magazine, and enter to win a Yamaha keyboard!"
Yamaha All Access Magazine - The Backstage Guide to the World of Yamaha
More photos of Chick Corea after the break! Click here! http://blog.willhawkinsphotography.com/2009/08/yamaha-all-access-360-chick-corea.html
For more photos from the shoot with Chick, check out this link: http://willhawkinsphotography.com/Chick_Corea/