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.


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.


And they were very good sports.

Or is the word “exhibitionists”?


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! 😀

    • 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 😀 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 😀

  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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