Portrait of a Musician

I love the variety in my work – from the subject matter I get to shoot, to the wonderful couples I get to celebrate with at weddings, to the talented artists with which I get to create. 

I recently had a second opportunity to shoot with drummer/percussionist/songwriter Ryan Schiedermayer.  Ryan is a member and co-leader of Streetlife, the award-winning Milwaukee Bucks house band, and he tours nationally and abroad with several other bands.  We had originally worked together when I did some cover art and headshots for the band Solset in 2007.  A couple of these images Ryan also used in the back exterior and interior disk case design for Sentido, a new album he co-wrote and co-produced. Ryan also performed with several talented musicians and vocalists to complete the album, a sound that blends Latin, Contemporary Jazz, and R&B music with organic percussive elements.

To read more about the shoot with Ryan, hit the jump below.


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Currently gearing up for the official realease of this album, Ryan needed to update his library of headshots/portraits. With such an array of percussive instruments, we certainly were not at a loss for props to feature his variety. And with some lighting tweaks here and there, I think we were able to get a couple different looks while keeping the work consistent enough to create a bit of a style throughout. Below are a few selects from the shoot.

Ryan, I’m looking forward to toasting your release. Excellent album. Congrats and best of luck! 

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~ by Stephanie Book on December 10, 2009.

3 Responses to “Portrait of a Musician”

  1. Hey Chris, Thanks for the comment on the mobile version! I have never known how well that translates.

  2. Looks great, Stephanie!

  3. Hell yeah, Milwaukee represent 😉 Great shots!

    p.s. The mobile version of tis site is working flawlessly 😀

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