I made the front cover

2 Oct

A few months ago I put a call out on Twitter for ideas. I’d been asked to take photos for the local Rugby Club’s calendar.

In the end the organisers had a pretty good idea of what they wanted and it involved a lot of indoor photography. Not confident that I could do them justice, even with a loan of a directional flash, I had to pass on the job and advised them to get a photographer with some decent lighting kit.

They did, but came back to me in September and asked if I could do a couple of outdoor shots, one for the cover and a Christmas themed one for December.

So I made the cover.

Eeek!

My first printed and sold for money work.

Not money for me of course – money for the club.

You’d be surprised how little I.. ahem.. saw on this shoot.

No really.

I was all like “frame it”, and “expose it right first time cos these guys are not going to be happy if I ask them for a re-run!”

Even when they all mucked in and turned the score board round so it wasn’t in direct sunlight, I was metering and faffing around with the settings on my camera.

It was all very decorous.

IT WAS!

And they were very good sports.

Or is the word “exhibitionists”?

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31 Responses to “I made the front cover”

  1. Marylin October 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Hahaha I love the last photo! AWESOME!! Now then, where do I get one of these calendars from?

  2. Barbara October 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    Please can I come and be your assisstant? Although, I think you’re quite a lot out of my league, I’ll just hang around and drool while handing you probably the wrong equipment when you ask for it.

    • mrsw October 3, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      Well I did have to change lenses a couple of times – y’know – to fit them all in ;)

  3. Barbara October 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm #

    See how excited I am? Far too many s’s in assistant!

  4. Kristin (Wanderlust) October 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

    OMG. Love!!!

    • mrsw October 3, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      And not a funny shaped ball in sight.

  5. Priness_L_88 October 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    ROFL! Fabulous photos! Well done you! :D

    • mrsw October 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Cheers Livi – the things I get roped into!

  6. Tenille October 3, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Those boys certainly seem to have enjoyed filling those socks…

    • mrsw October 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

      Thankfully this was the third shoot they’d done and they didn’t need a lot of persuasion!

  7. Hayley October 3, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    Ummm, next time …. need an assistant?! *drools* hehehehehehe!

    Bloody well done hunni! you are so talented! Hope I can be as good as you one day :D x

    • mrsw October 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

      Haha – a second shooter for the out-takes?

      Thanks Hayley – it was fab to be asked to get involved with this – bit of a much needed confidence booster :)

  8. Hayley October 3, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    *ahem* maybe you should sell that as a background/screensaver and charge people to download it to their Pcs!

  9. Working Mum October 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    Presumably you needed a wide angled lens!! He he he! GREAT PHOTOS!

    • mrsw October 4, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

      I sure didn’t need a zoom anyway!

  10. Mwa October 4, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    What a shocker! Perfect for a Monday morning. Thanks!
    (I was a little creeped out by them all holding each other’s “socks.” But it must be good photography to elicit a strong reaction.)
    Well done!

    • mrsw October 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

      So were they! Not my idea I hasten to add but it must have passed inspection since that’s the one they picked for December – I preferred the second one myself – bit mad :)

  11. Wendy October 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I will take the one that is third from the right (in the first picture…the only one that is standing facing forward). Damn…now that is what I call a JOB!! YOu did great!!

    • mrsw October 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

      And where, pray tell, will you be taking him? ;)

      • Wendy October 5, 2010 at 4:24 am #

        Just around the other side of the Rugby scoreboard…you know, to make sure his props are in good working order!! =)~

        Seriously, I really enjoy your blog. I never know what I am going to find when I click over. Will it be a picture of sunflowers, maybe castles, maybe an awesome “Same Old Lang Syne” story with a happier ending (you need to write more of these little stories) or maybe a bunch of basically naked Rugby players to start of my Monday morning just right. Love it!

  12. Vegemitevix October 4, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Fabulous. Told you those shots were bloody brilliant! BTW tagged you in a meme over at mine..xx

    • mrsw October 5, 2010 at 12:15 am #

      You calling me a twat? lol! I have a very cool follower in my first five – gonna show off.

  13. Chris at Thinly Spread October 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm #

    *wipes steam off specs* oh my! How fab! Great shots, what fun!

  14. Iota October 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Those photos are the funniest thing I have seen for weeks!

  15. If I Could Escape October 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Well done you! Those photos are hilarious!

  16. Heather - Notes From Lapland October 7, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    love these, absolutely love them :D

  17. Trish@ Mum's Gone to October 7, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I remember the twitter conversations about fruit and all kinds of props! These photos are brilliant – something very Oxbridge about the first one!

    Hope this leads to lots more commissions x

  18. ella October 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Wow! They are fantastic photos x

  19. Nickie@Typecast October 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Brilliant – well done you!!

  20. Bailey Abramson from esavfude November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    measurements of the stove top cover/noodleboard are approximately 28 wide x 20 1/2 deep and 3 high and made from pine which may show some of the natural grain and knots in the wood.

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