A couple of weeks ago I had a shoot for FourFourTwo magazine, it was a feature on Dan Ashworth, who is the FA's head of elite development.
Luckily the guys at the magazine had a pretty specific idea of what they wanted. We ended up only having around ten minutes with the main man. It sounded like a tall order. But fair play Dan Ashworth, he was friendly, easy going and did everything asked of him given the very short time frame.
It's always a tricky job when you have so little time, there's no chance to have a brief icebreaker chat with the subject, no time to work on the lighting with the subject in place, etc, etc.
The key was getting set up quickly before Dan arrived and having an educated guess at how it would look when we got going. Luckily I managed to get things fairly close to how I wanted them lighting wise although a bit of time to improve it would have been great. At least getting the kit sorted gave me a bit of time to work on the positioning and body language when he arrived.
Most of the shot's needed to include the three lions on the floor of the sports hall we were shooting in. This meant needing to find enough elevation to get a good angle on the logo. Luckily the press photographers best friend came in handy- the stepladder, my advice is always carry one you may not need it for months, but when you do it's worth it's weight in gold (well almost).
Luckily it was one of those shoots where thing's just seem to come together. There is always the concern that you've missed something or not got it just how you want it as you don't really check the back of the camera to see the results as time is so tight.
Sure there is room for improvement, but given the constraints, I'm pleased with how the picture's look on the finished page.
Matt Stewart Photos
I've been a photographer for quite a long time now. So hopefully I have something to say about it.