Dan Amato is Tired Together
𝘞𝘦’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺
𝘛𝘰 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯
𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘠𝘰𝘶 & 𝘐 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯
𝘓𝘦𝘵’𝘴 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳…
In the vein of Sinatra’s 𝘐𝘯 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘦𝘦 𝘚𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴 ….you can just see the narrator of Dan Amato’s new song, 𝘛𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘛𝘰𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳, sitting in a booth in a New Jersey diner, 2 a.m., cup of coffee at hand, half eaten plate of pancakes in front, talking to a gal across the table. A lot of Jack Daniels has been sipped over the evening prior, but now thoughts turn inwards.
This wasn’t one of those raucous Jersey Shore nights at a bar that ends with everyone singing 𝘚𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 or 𝘛𝘩𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘙𝘰𝘢𝘥 at the top of their lungs. No, this is a drizzly, chilly Fall evening-turn-night in a little neighborhood joint. The juke box is played out. The bartender, wiping down his office, pours a last one for the two left at the bar. After they drink up, they head out into the drizzle to the nearby diner. Just two folks passing a rainy night.
Or a lifetime.
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When Dan contacted me about partnering with him on some photos for his latest single, I was stoked. He had some great conceptual ideas to get us started.. So, back in late June, on a warm Point Pleasant evening , we worked together to bring those concepts to life.
Dan’s is as good “in character” as he is a singer. And the very cool retro Benz also helped too! Knew of a local diner that, though closed, would give us a good backdrop to the loneliness of the songs he’s producing (Seriously, he does all the vocals and production in his basement!)
As we worked that scene for a bit, it was time to hope in the Benz and go to our “set” – an empty parking lot where I could set up my big soft box and try to get the cover out of the shoot there.
Before getting there though, we pulled down a quiet street so that I could some of him with the car and that nice summer evening light behind him.
Natural light, bumped up a bit in post processing. Maybe crushed the blacks a bit too much. The unfurled flag bothers me, but it was all tangled up in the pool. I tried to untangle it, but it would come loose. I thought about going to the house and explainning our predicament, but I just left it. Still bothers me.
The empty parking lot was perfect. I had some light – which was fading fast – behind Dan but also set up my Neewer strobe with the 46″ octobox.
An unlight shot:
Once I set the strobe up, it started to come together.
The photo above was the one Dan picked for the album cover. He then did his own processing and font choice to make it his. I loved his outcome.
The Fuji XT3 with the 16-35mm lens did the heavy lifting here. When I needed light, I again used my Neewer Vision 4 monolight and the Neewer 47″ octogonal softbox. Pretty much my go-to set up.
Tired Together...A song for the tired and the lonely. Those just trying to see the dawn come, hopefully with their hand in some else’s.
After the shoot was done, we headed back to his house in Point Pleasant so that he could change out of that jean jacket and jeans. It cooled down alittle…but not much.. From there, being just a couple of blocks away, we went up to the boardwalk, which is one of the best in New Jersey.
I had to do a few shots up there, even if they weren’t for this album shoot.
They may come in handy though. Dan said he may use them for end-of-summer gig announcements.
It was great nice in a dusty beach town. Dan brought so many good ideas to the shoot, all I had to do was execute on some of them.
Check out Dan’s song here, or wherever you get your online music from. Click my LinkeTree to find him on Spotify. He’s a stellar New Jersey talent and you’ll be hearing from him for years to come!
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I don’t know the musician. The black and white portrait from the car is my favourite. I don’t do noisy boardwalks. I much prefer the scene further south, e.g. Wildwood.
You don’t consider Wildwood noisy, Khurt?
I should have been more clear. Wildwood Crest.
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