CD Cover Shoot for Mayapuris New CD 9 Islands
One of the most exciting aspects of being a photographer is seeing a vision come to life and figuring out the steps to get there. My Photoshoot with the Mayapuris was no exception to this! I had a blast Photographing Images for Mayapuris New CD 9 Islands in Gainesville.
Working with other artists is always exciting to me because they don’t think small in terms of creativity. Their creative vision always inspires me to think outside the box, to go that extra mile and to push myself out of my comfort zone.
I drove up to Gainesville from Orlando to discuss their vision for their upcoming CD. Vishvambar greeted me by my car as we headed to scout location options for 3 different variations. One of their friends graciously allowed us the freedom to photograph around their property. The 3 looks that we wanted to capture were:
1.Something that reflected the theme of the CD. 9 Islands represents the 9 sacred Islands in Maypur, India known as Navadvipa. This is the center where the Kirtan (Mantra Music) movement started before spreading all over the world. The mood board words were devotional, water, instruments, and Gaur Nitai.
2. For the second theme, we wanted something more artsy with a western twist. Think Instruments, Art, Performing, Stage, production and colorful lighting.
3. The third theme was simply Kirtan. I wanted to capture them just jamming out to kirtan with their instruments and with an old time feel to the images. The words that came to my mind for this theme were: Lord Chaitanya’s army, kirtan, instruments, fields, clouds, simplicity, and mercy.
The day of the shoot was quite overcast and we actually had to retreat inside numerous times because of the rain. This shoot was such a team effort! Gangi from Ganjam Tribe really made the set beautiful with endless ambient lighting strung throughout the property.
We all had a blast photographing all three looks and I’m so happy with how the images came out! Keep an eye out on their Album drop date on their facebook page