I first started shooting Marie-Josée Houle at various venues about a year ago. She’s extremely photogenic and her music is definitely unique in the Ottawa music scene. Whether she performs solo or backed by a band, her music sounds like it’s straight out of a 1940’s french cafe in a Bogart film-noir, while still sounding fresh and modern.
It’s always nice to shoot something different than the standard band line up. And it’s especially nice to shoot a performer that dresses for the stage. Too many bands come on stage dressed like they just walked off the street. Ok… that doesn’t really hurt the music, but it doesn’t really make the band memorable. Performers like Marie-Josée make me look good; it’s really hard to get memorable photos of a band all dressed in miss-matched jeans and t-shirts.
Marie-Josée Houle is currently touring here and there all over Canada and will be heading overseas to tour Europe in the fall. You can see more of her in the Live Music section of my Flickr.