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Behind the Scenes: A Look Back at 2017 (and maybe a bit of 2018)

I can't remember the exact date that Tony and I started this little project. We met on 12 March 2017 at a Sarah St. Albin, Tobias the Owl, and My Cartoon Heart show at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard. It turns out that we were following the same group of musicians, so we'd see one another at shows, and we'd meet up to discuss photography.

 Tobias the Owl, Sunset Tavern, Ballard, March 2017. In a sense, this was where RCC started. Tony and I were both there shooting. Camera nerds always talk cameras.

Tobias the Owl, Sunset Tavern, Ballard, March 2017. In a sense, this was where RCC started. Tony and I were both there shooting. Camera nerds always talk cameras.

In June we decided to launch Rain City Collective. We shoot a lot of live music, but that's only one part of what we're aiming for. Since our launch, we've helped musicians create promotional content, filmed music videos, interviewed artists, and worked with models. That side of our work sometimes gets buried in the scroll + click world of social media, so I thought I'd pull together a collection of some Behind the Scenes shots from our projects.

It was fun sorting through our photo catalogs and reliving old memories. We're proud of the work we've done and the relationships we've built. It makes us even more excited to see where we can take things in 2018.

(A Note from Scott: You'll notice in these photos that Scott shoots most of the BTS shots. I can't believe I'm passing up a chance at making a "Tony's a prima donna" joke, but I figured I'll stick with the truth. It's because Tony is seriously hitting his stride in terms of linking his creative vision with his skills as a photographer / videographer. There's an important distinction between the two. Watching him work over the past year has given me a better understanding of when photography becomes art. We are going to see some incredible imagery from Tony Hammons in 2018.)

 Behind the Scenes at the Night in Neverland photoshoot. Heather Edgley, Andrew Gemkow, and Sarah St. Albin.

Behind the Scenes at the Night in Neverland photoshoot. Heather Edgley, Andrew Gemkow, and Sarah St. Albin.

 Behind the Scenes at the Night in Neverland photoshoot. Sarah St. Albin and Andrew Gemkow.

Behind the Scenes at the Night in Neverland photoshoot. Sarah St. Albin and Andrew Gemkow.

 Scott shooting with the awesome Julia Cook. Brent Martin took care of the clothing (Jack Straw) and styling. Photo by Tony Hammons.

Scott shooting with the awesome Julia Cook. Brent Martin took care of the clothing (Jack Straw) and styling. Photo by Tony Hammons.

 Julia Cook and Brent Martin. Never listen to people who claim modeling is easy. It was cold out there that day. Julia went through 3 outfits over 2 hours. Machine.

Julia Cook and Brent Martin. Never listen to people who claim modeling is easy. It was cold out there that day. Julia went through 3 outfits over 2 hours. Machine.

 Behind the Scenes at our photoshoot with   Julia Cook   and  Brent Martin . (Note from Scott: If you're looking for a professional, smart, funny, hard-working model/writer in Seattle, look no further. If you need a stylist and fashion expert who also has a great eye for photography, contact Brent.)

Behind the Scenes at our photoshoot with Julia Cook and Brent Martin. (Note from Scott: If you're looking for a professional, smart, funny, hard-working model/writer in Seattle, look no further. If you need a stylist and fashion expert who also has a great eye for photography, contact Brent.)

 Behind the Scenes at a creative brainstorming session between Tony and  Arthur James  in Burien. We've been following Arthur around from show to show since we saw him at a Conor Byrne performance. He's easy to track down - he's either on stage or out supporting his fellow musicians.

Behind the Scenes at a creative brainstorming session between Tony and Arthur James in Burien. We've been following Arthur around from show to show since we saw him at a Conor Byrne performance. He's easy to track down - he's either on stage or out supporting his fellow musicians.

 Behind the Scenes at a shoot with  Kristin Chambers . Tony filmed a music video for KChambs (inside joke) and an interview. I got to listen to some great music.

Behind the Scenes at a shoot with Kristin Chambers. Tony filmed a music video for KChambs (inside joke) and an interview. I got to listen to some great music.

 Behind the Scenes for an interview with Kristin Chambers.

Behind the Scenes for an interview with Kristin Chambers.

 Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot for the Winter Solstice Masquerade Party. Here Tony is conferring with Heather Edgley.

Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot for the Winter Solstice Masquerade Party. Here Tony is conferring with Heather Edgley.

 Behind the Scenes at the photoshoot for the Winter Solstice Masquerade Party. Tony is conferring with Sarah St. Albin, Heather Edgley, and  Ryan Hendrickson .

Behind the Scenes at the photoshoot for the Winter Solstice Masquerade Party. Tony is conferring with Sarah St. Albin, Heather Edgley, and Ryan Hendrickson.

 Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot with Kristin Chambers, Alki, West Seattle. The temperature was dropping fast. KChambs was a trooper, and she killed it. (Tony did some good work, too.)

Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot with Kristin Chambers, Alki, West Seattle. The temperature was dropping fast. KChambs was a trooper, and she killed it. (Tony did some good work, too.)

 See, I told you she killed it. (Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot with Kristin Chambers, Seattle.)

See, I told you she killed it. (Behind the Scenes at a photoshoot with Kristin Chambers, Seattle.)

 There's a theme running through these Behind the Scenes shots - we work closely with people throughout our shoots.

There's a theme running through these Behind the Scenes shots - we work closely with people throughout our shoots.

 Behind the Scenes at Kristin Chambers' Snowglobe event at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Tony is off to the side capturing video.

Behind the Scenes at Kristin Chambers' Snowglobe event at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. Tony is off to the side capturing video.

 Tony Hammons putting in the work on a Rain City Collective photoshoot with  Devin Sinha .

Tony Hammons putting in the work on a Rain City Collective photoshoot with Devin Sinha.