A few weeks back I photographed Austin O’Callaghan, a sports journalist with 20 years experience in broadcasting.
Through working as a Senior Broadcast Journalist with Eurosport and EuroNews in France and BBC Northern Ireland between 2002 to 2013, he has reported from several key international sporting events that include: two Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and a Cricket World Cup. Today, he works as a Freelance Broadcast Journalist for BBC and RTÉ – and also provides media training in his hometown of Sligo.
Austin was looking for a sporting environment for the shoot, one that represents his work and gave a sporting theme to the images. So we decided on The Showgrounds (Home of Sligo Rovers FC) for the shoot.
On the day of shooting the weather took a turn from the nice bright days previous, it was a cold, dull day with a plain white cloudy sky and light was fairly low as it was early morning. Fair play to Austin, it’s not easy shooting in the cold but he put up with it and my various set-ups, doing a great job throughout. We moved around the Showgrounds using different aspects of the environment and playing with both natural light and strobes to create plenty of options of images for Austin.
Lisa assisted with reflectors, modifiers & strobes on the shoot, she deserves a special mention as it was freezing on the morning and she was a real trooper putting up with the wind & cold, doing a great job at the same time. There are also images in the post from a studio shoot we did a week later, again to give Austin plenty of options of images for his online/print marketing and to shoot without cold wind battering us around.