I arrived at Aaron’s studio and was welcomed by his assistant Tiger. Once inside I immediately started setting up for individual shots of his vintage guitars. I was instructed the night before to take a picture of all of his Gibson guitars by themselves as well as shots of all the vintage ones for Aaron’s agent. Aaron only had a few guitar stands so he sent Tiger to Downtown Sounds in Northampton to buy all of theirs. Luckily I had the help of my assistant Chris to assemble all the guitar stands, which helped us get the shot below. The image above was set up by Aaron himself. I stood on the second floor of his studio and leaned over the balcony with my 70-200 lens to get the shot. He wanted to accent the Proudly Made in the U.S.A. tattoo on his bicep, because Gibson guitars are made in the United States. Unfortunately Gibson did not use this photo in their blog post.
There is about 75 guitars in this shot including a gasoline guitar on the end. Pretty cool. The guitar that Aaron is holding was used in a 4th of July concert in 2009. He still has it on loan from Gibson.
This was the very first shot I took of Aaron. I wanted it to look like he was coming out of the Gibson guitars. Gibson used this image in their post.
All of his acoustic Gibson guitars with the Southern Jumbo.
The photo shoot lasted about 6 hours. My thighs were sore the next few day from walking up and down Aaron’s stairs to the basement to return his guitars in their cases. Aaron bought the studio from the guy who created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He would keep his artwork in the temperature controlled basement. You can tell that Aaron Lewis loves his guitar collection just as much as I enjoyed photographing it.
Here is a picture of me and Aaron standing in front of his Staind platinum records.
This is the setup that I used for the photo shoot. This photo was taken from the stairs in the studio. You can see the setup I used for the individual guitars over on the left hand side of this image.