Music Photography by Joe Papeo

Photos: Katie Herzig at The Mercury Lounge 9.19.11

Mercury Lounge, NYC, 9.19.2011 – I got a last minute call to shoot an act that one of my publicists is representing and headed out to Mercury Lounge in a hurry.  Katie Herzig is someone I did not know much about before stepping foot in the door that night.  I usually have enough time to check out my acts, listen to them, look at some video and get a feel for what to expect.  Not this night.  And sometimes that’s okay.  There is something nice about a first impression being on a live stage, as long as an act excels there.  Katie and her band put on a great show for a mix of loyal fans and Mercury Lounge regulars.  And there is no way to describe her better than to say she is engaging.

I’ll be honest.  I get a bit nervous when a label contacts me looking for photos they can use for promo pieces and it’s at Mercury Lounge.  Mercury Lounge is a great place to see an artist you like, but a tough place to shoot.  It is notorious for having the worst lighting in the city, its a tight space so framing properly and minimizing distractions in the background is difficult, and there is no photo pit, so you are competing with a crowd.  I had to whip out the Sigma prime for this one.  Thanks to whoever you pray to for f/1.4.   I think I did okay given the circumstances.

This might not have been the official record release party, but it was to promote Katie’s new album coming out the following day:
The Waking Sleep by Katie Herzig

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