At the tail end of last year I had a fun shoot at Liverpool FC's home ground, Anfield. The images were to be used for a television intro sequence featuring three of the first team players. The desired pictures would be of the players straight after they came off the pitch at the end of the 90 minutes, so that they would be a little bit muddied, and ruffled around the edges, to create the rawness of high octane sports.
It was a late kick off on a Saturday, being broadcast on TV. My assistant Roy, and I, had to be at the ground several hours before kick off to gain our spot in a makeshift media area. We were given a very small booth, something akin to a tiny exhibition stand, where we would set up our backdrop and lighting.
By the time the game ended we were ready. Little did we know how quick the shoot would pass.
Ushered through were the selected players for the shoot, Firmino, Sadio Mané and Coutinho; probably the three in-form players in the Premier League at the time, all looking fresh as a daisy - it had been a very routine win over a poor West Bromwich Albion team, so any hopes of exhausted expressions were dashed. They were flanked either side by press officers, who were trying desperately to keep the three of them moving from interview to interview, BBC to Sky and so forth. They very quickly arrived at our little booth and stepped inside one by one. At a guess I'd say I had under a minute per player. So it was a case of directing them as best I could with the short time available and hoping that they brought something of themselves to it.
I have to say, I was pretty chuffed with the results.