Album Art for Todd Mihan

Todd Mihan : CD Cover and Promo Photography

For a few years now I have been watching Todd Mihan play his weekly youtube videos. If you have never seen him play and want to be knocked out go check him out. His range on the guitar is so wide, going from burning country to full out rock speed, to soft melodic chord work. So I was knocked out when he approached me to do his album art. Being a guitar player myself I love collaborating with other musicians, and these portraits proved to be terrific. Todd and I had a fairly brief telephone conversation discussing the album name, Compass, and some shoot concepts. I told him that I would brainstorm a little with Lucia and come up with some visuals around the album name.. Lucia immediately saw a compass reference in an intersection. A crossroads of sorts. I really loved the concept and started scouting. My idea was to have that road that Tom Hanks parks on at the end of the movie Castaway. A four way dirt road intersection. Todd had also expressed a desire to somehow incorporate his new Jeep, so this was perfect.. After striking out finding what I wanted I went to Facebook and asked my community if they had any ideas. We got lots of suggestions, but none were perfect. After a few hours of driving around I realized that I was referring to this “scene” as a Crossroads.. Once that set in my head, it bugged me that I went right to Eric Clapton, everytime. So I decided to lose that idea, which was too bad as I had invested a lot of time and energy, but it really didn’t feel right anymore. So, what now? We had an early idea to shoot on a beach, I had seen some images that really appealed to me. A guy walking on the beach, black and white, very moody. Ok cool how to make it happen? Nearest beach was too far a drive so we started looking for maybe a river scene. We do after all live near one of the most beautiful rivers, so this should work. Lucia then remembered seeing some pictures of a beach in Kingston. After a quick bit of Googling we knew we had the location. Kingston Point Beach. So we went and scounted and it was perfect. I wanted a certain look for the shoot and I knew it would happen at the end of the day. Low light portraits. The sun had to be down so the light was very flat. I was going to do a bit of magic in post production after the fact so I needed this very flat light. Todd showed up around 4PM and we started to figure out where we would set him up. Then we waited, and waited, and waited. Finally around six the sun had gone down enough to make this magical shadowless light source. Lucia ran up and down the beach like a crazy person clapping her hands and making the seagulls take flight. In some frames you can see 20-30 birds, but in our final we have one lone bird flying. Todd was super relaxed and trusted us, and we shot 4-5 set ups. Many of which you can see on the CD. The shoot was fantastic, we got a lot of really nice images. We then followed up with a studio shoot at my place to do some more controlled things. Again we got some great images. In the end Todd was super pleased with the results and has the work feature heavily on the album. I could not have been more excited to do this. Thanks Todd. Want hear more from Todd go check out his site. http://www.toddmihan.com/ 

Behind the scenes with Todd Mihan

Behind the scenes with Todd Mihan

Behind the scenes with Todd Mihan

Behind the scenes with Todd Mihan

 

CD art of Todd Mihan

CD art of Todd Mihan

CD art of Todd Mihan

CD art of Todd Mihan

Album Art for Todd Mihan at Kingston Beach

Album Art for Todd Mihan at Kingston Beach

Album Art for Todd Mihan

Album Art for Todd Mihan

Album Art for Todd Mihan at Kingston Beach

Album Art for Todd Mihan at Kingston Beach

Album Art for Todd Mihan

Album Art for Todd Mihan

Portrait of Todd Mihan

Portrait of Todd Mihan

 

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2 Comments
  • Janelle Mihan
    Posted at 23:03h, 21 December Reply

    Franco, you are the reason he was so comfortable – Todd knew he was in good hands. Thank you to both you & Lucia for your vision, hard work & the cupcake! Love the blog

  • Todd Mihan
    Posted at 11:19h, 28 December Reply

    Franco and Lucia are the best! Love the pics!

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