Monday, July 2, 2012

Series of portraits of Irish Olympians for Cara Magazine

After many weeks of tracking down a selection of Irish Olympic qualifiers, Editor Fran Power lined up 6 competitors and manager Sonia O'Sullivan for photography. This was by no means easy as everyone was in the middle of many long hours of training in preparation for the games in summer. 
I had an idea in my mind how the portraits could work but it wasn't really until we got to each of the locations that the final compositions presented themselves. I particularly like the training hall that we photographed Darren O'Neill at, in the National Stadium, but undeniably the most dramatic had to be the Military Road, where we shot Mark Kenneally. The trickiest, in terms of the shoot, was photographing Grainne Murphy as she had a busy training schedule.  We hoped to do an underwater shot, but time was against us, and despite having managed to source the underwater equipment, we didn't get a chance to make it happen. 
For those unfortunate who are not travelling Aer Lingus this month, here's Cara Magazine's July edition.

We are delighted to say that about 36 posters of these portraits will be displayed all around Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport, and in Heathrow all summer long to support the Irish Olympic team. More on this coming soon.