Craig Bellamy book cover shoot

After a few months of planning I took a long drive down to Cardiff with my assistant (Sarah) to photograph Craig Bellamy for his autobiography book cover.

Now you’ll soon understand just why things can quickly go wrong and you do need to improvise while doing this kind of job.

For the month previous ideas had been batted back and fourth between myself, my publisher and Craig’s agent for how the book cover should look and indeed how Craig should look.

Now I was excited to do this shoot. Id always rated Craig and last season he singlehandedly got us to a Wembley Cup final in the Semi Final 2nd leg at Anfield in the Carling Cup against Man City. He played out of his skin…………. I will always remember that night in Camp Nou in Barcelona as well….. Amazing.

So if Craig plays for your club you will love him….. If he doesn’t you’ll hate him. He is a fiery character on the pitch and has been known to loose it big style at times.

I had the idea of a moody black and white shot shot on a black background with a t shirt on full sleeve tattoos on show etc….. But the twist was Craig having a cheeky grin on his face. I thought this would show the two sides of him. The moody footballer BUT what most people dont know is the football academies he has set up over seas off his own back….. So ideas were swooped between us all and this idea was adapted to a kind of Goodfellas look, again Craig dressed smart but moody lit, but with a cheeky grin…..

Off we set out to Cardiff the car packed to the hilt full of equipment.

Always a bit serial when your sitting in a footballers mothers front room waiting for Craig to arrive as he is half an hour late, and the little dog she has wont leave you alone.

Finally when he arrived I asked him where we could set up a studio to do the shoot. Why he asked? I showed him the tear sheets we had been ALL talking about and thoughts behind the shoot.

I dont want to do that idea was his reply.

I was stunned. What had all the talking been about then? He just looked at me. Ok. Why dont we do the shoot see what he thinks and if he doesnt like the pictures so be it.

No was his reply.

Ok how would he like to do the shoot? So for the next hour we drove around the back streets of where he grew up taking pictures on playing fields and in back alleyway entries…….

Im really happy with the book cover and the shoot. It looks great……. You just never know how these things will go on the day. The moment I took the last picture the heaven opened up……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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