Where to begin with this one? For starters, it’s a fact that Anya Marina’s newest record Felony Flats just dropped today(ish). It’s also a fact that I was lucky enough to have Felony Flats be the first real album cover I’ve shot, which is kind of a big deal. So I guess it’s been sort of a big day for her and I both.
In all earnestness, though, being able to work with Anya was such a privilege. She really is a sweet and humble and unassuming person. Our first meeting was more about our mutual love for Russia rather than photography. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget the afternoon I met Anya at her home to discuss work where she ended up making me tea and stir fry as we talked about location options. More than anything, though, the lady just exudes an atmosphere of comfortability.
Gushing aside, Anya’s down-to-earth and easy-going nature simply made it really easy to work with her. In total, we ended up shooting for about a day and a half, and I can confidently say that more than a few of the resulting images are some of my all-time favorites. Below are the photos that were included in the packaging artwork for Felony Flats, along with one or two or three of my own personal favorites.
Regarding the album itself, I always seem to get in trouble whenever I try describing what bands sound like. Felony Flats has become a bit of a personal favorite for Anya, though, and she talks more in depth about things here and here and here.
In short, though, all you really need to know is that Felony Flats is totally jam-worthy, Anya is flippin awesome, and if you haven’t already gone here to check things out, ya should.