Sam Smith’s breakthrough followed having featured on Disclosure’s single “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s single “La La La” which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. Sam’s debut single “Lay Me Down” was released just a year ago and in a very busy year he has gone on to win the 2014 ‘Brit Awards’ Single of the Year and the BBC’s ’Sound of 2014’.
Sam’s transition into a solo career begins with his debut studio album “In the Lonely Hour” due to be released on 26 May 2014 by Capitol Records, the new single released from the album “Money on My Mind” has just scored his first solo number one in the UK singles chart.
We met Sam at Capitol Records offices in Kensington where he was giving interviews all day long for invited media.
I was certain that the interview room would be the normal uninspiring small office space. It was. I wanted to do a punchy colourful portrait and I took with me a piece of dark red coloured cloth which I hung up to use as a backdrop. I had some luck as Sam was wearing a green jacket over a blue shirt – it matched the backdrop and the portrait had the 3 the primary colours of light: red, blue & green. I also wanted to have dramatic lighting and I set up a large soft side light (Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox Octa 135cm) very close to the right side of Sam’s face. This was a very simple set up using just 1 light source and a backdrop. I felt it worked well.
As normal in these interview situations very little time is allocated and it must include both the reporters interview and the photography. On looking at the capture time on the files I see that from taking the first exposure to the last exposure took less than a minute! and then my time was up … preparation is the key in this type of situation. Sam was very pleasant, helpful and very easy to work with – an all-round nice person.