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Becc Sanderson & Graeme Stephen at The Mill Sessions

The 3rd of The Mill Sessions was last week, and this time featured jazz singer, Becc Sanderson with guitarist Graeme Stephen. As before (see Beth Fouracre at the Mill Sessions and Sean Taylor and the Mill Sessions), time was set aside for me to take photos.

Both were quite relaxed in front of the camera, but Becc knew how to play to it - which was fun for me, as usually I have to spend quite a bit of time getting people to a point where they stop looking like a rabbit in the headlights.

As usual, click on any of the images for a larger version.

Graeme and Becc

Jazz guitarist, Graeme Stephen

Becc Sanderson relaxed in front of the camera

Taking this photo I was practically lying on the floor on my back to get the angle I wanted.

In every photo session, there's always a time when the subject cannot keep a straight face.

Becc's dress, by the way, is a genuine vintage from the 1950s.

I am a photographer, and not a film maker. However, the camera I have does have quite a good movie capability on it, so I recorded one of the songs to give you a taster. This is "Cry Me a River". I especially love the breathy quality as she begins to sing.

If you're up in Scotland for the Edinburgh Festival this summer, then do keep an eye out for Becc who has is doing a show this year.

Meanwhile if you would like to experience more of Becc's singing, then visit her MySpace page here. And you can discover more about Graeme on his website, here


mapstew said...

Hey Kim, being the show-off as I am on stage, I can't wait for thE day to pose for ya! (As my Performer Persona! mapstew would be way too shy!) :¬)

Kim Ayres said...

We'll have to do 2 different photo sessions then - one for your public and one for your personal :)

Pat said...

Kim: what a wonderful post! Absolutely terrific. Thank you:)

Guyana-Gyal said...

I like the way you captured the scared rabbit in them, then the relaxed people. I scrolled up-down, to see it like a film but it moved too quickly, darn.

I'm listening to them as I type, I want to be in a dimly-lit cafe, listening, just cruisin' with my thoughts now, ooh.

Eryl said...

Well worth you getting down on the floor for that shot, it's tremendous. As is her voice.

Thought I had the wrong blog for a sec, you've gone all biscuit!

Lynne said...

Damn those are great photos. Thanks for sharing, looks like you had fun shooting them.

Kim Ayres said...

Pat - glad you like it. I wondered if you had any dresses from the 50s still in your wardrobe?

Guyana_Gyal - I felt a cigarette holder was missing, with a trail of smoke rising to get a really authentic look :)

Eryl - she does have a great voice! I felt the need to simplify the blog - it was just too busy

Lynne - thank you - and yes, I did :)

Falak said...

She has a heavenly voice.... I wouldn't mind attending the Edinburgh Festival just to hear her sing :).
The photos, needless to say are fantastic as always!

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Falak :)

Carole said...

Some excellent photos herel

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Carole :)

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