Portraits for Prague Raptors Football Club
Sometimes destiny brings amazing projects into my life and today I would love to write about one of them. In June 2018 I had a pleasure to work with the members of Prague Raptors Football Club. Prague Raptors is a new, multi-cultural, inclusive, non-profit football club which stands for diversity and gender equality. This club brings together players and coaches from 25 different nationalities that are playing in Men's & Ladies teams. Even though it is an amateur club, all players aim high and do their best during the matches. Their goal is to reach the Czech National League by 2027.
About the project
The goal was to create football cards featuring the players of Prague Raptors Football Club. If you are a football fan, you probably know that normally football cards are not very exciting. Usually, you would expect to see just the frontal portraits of the players staring directly at you. However, Prague Raptors decided to make their football cards look different. They wanted to show that their members are emotional, active, bright and fun individuals. This idea immediately inspired me! I love to capture emotions and make people fool around a little bit during the photo sessions, so I happily signed up for the project.
About the challenges
The biggest challenge for me was staying on time. I had to take photos of 60 members, so the photo sessions were very short. Moreover, most of the players have never had a photo session before and they didn't really know what to do in front of the camera. Naturally, some of them were very nervous and confused. However, the management team of Prague Raptors organized everything perfectly and made sure that every player comes on time for the photo session. All members were also very enthusiastic about this project and willing to follow my instructions. Honestly, even after 8 hours of intense work I felt energized and inspired to take more pictures. All photos were taken in front of a green background and edited afterward. The football cards were made by MayaLukas Digital.
If you want to make the portraits of your team members, feel free to tell me about it!