Champagne at the Blitz are a wonderful singing trio who perform vintage songs in beautiful harmony. Have a little watch of their video below (not filmed by me), and you will get an idea of their great vibe.
This was my third Champagne at the Blitz concert as their official photographer, and I always look forward to shooting them. Experiencing live music is always a joy, and hearing Sarah, Jenny and Caroline sing in person is a real privilege. At their last concert I focused a lot on the audience, who got up and danced and sang, clearing away tables and chairs to make space. It was a truly joyous event.
When I arrived at this new venue, the lighting was much better than at previous locations, and I realised I was going to be able to really isolate the singers. I had always been a little frustrated that I couldn’t capture the emotion, concentration and skill needed to sing professionally. A plan rapidly formed… And here is the outcome, of which I am quite proud. By the way, these are all shot on my Fuji XT-2, straight out of camera with a custom jpeg film simulation recipe.
Most of these shots are of Caroline, simply because the lighting was falling on her so beautifully. She looked gorgeous, as though she had just stepped out of a 1940s movie, and coupled with her beautiful smooth voice, it gave me chills. These are by far the best candid portraits I have taken, so I am feeling rather chuffed with myself.
I love this first shot, it isolates her away from the audience, she could almost be singing to herself.
This next shot has a nice bit of bokeh around the stage lights, giving a little more context than the first shot. She’s on stage, singing, and with her eyes closed, she’s right there in the musical moment. Also, look at those eyelashes!
I like this next shot a lot. When I shoot these concerts I often sit on the floor right in front of the stage and so I can hear the power of Sarah, Jenny and Caroline’s voices and the control they have. I tried to capture this, and think I had some success with this shot. You can see that Caroline could belt it out if she wanted to, but here there is a feeling of subtly in the way she is holding herself as she puts just the right emotion to the music she is singing.
One of the problems of photographing at a concert is the microphone getting in the way of the faces of the singers. It normally looks pretty ugly, but in this instance, it seems to be more successful. The pitch black background, the vintage gown and Caroline’s beautiful skin all come together for a real 1940s look.
Next up, we have the gorgeous Jenny. Look at that smile! You can see here how the difference in lighting changes things. It’s a lovely shot, but has lost some of the mood of the ones of Caroline above.
Last, but by no means least, is Sarah. A nice vintage look to this one too, with the subtle shadows on her face.
Finally we have the three of them together, singing their hearts out.