This December and January have been the busiest for running portrait shoots for GoldenPlec and The Thin Air so far. I added Laoise to my list of shoots to do for The Thin Air's 18 for '18 features. We were to meet up on a Saturday evening in Dublin city centre, and try get a neon look for the shoot, inspired by her recent video for her recent single, Rich. I got to thinking about where had good neon lights or that colourful vibe at least. I took a stroll around the city trying to get ideas, with the focus being on a particular restaurant that has a very cool neon interior based on all the pictures I’d seen online, but I’d yet to visit it. They called me back late in the day, it turned out they wanted a hefty fee for us to do the shoot, so that was out of the question.
This setback left me wrecking my head in the last hour before we were to meet. We'd reluctantly agreed to meet at Grand Canal Dock to see about using the giant, red light poles that decorate the front area of Bord Gais Theatre. It was a chilly night, and I don’t like to use obvious locations if I can avoid it so it wasn’t ideal. Twenty minutes before I left my apartment a friend messaged me with a pic of a new enough bar on the quays, Riot. They had this neon sign that said ‘fuck what people think’. Laoise loved it. I stopped in to inquire on the way to meet her, and the guys had no problem to let us use the premises for the shoot. As luck would have it, the neon sign was downstairs, which wasn’t yet open for customers at that yime of the night, which gave us more privacy to work without being distracted.