Rabona is a new English football magazine. In October, they contacted me to do a portrait of Sporting’s player Eric Dier, who they were interviewing for their opening issue. Of course I jumped at the chance. As you know, I love sports, and being a Sporting fan was the cherry on top.
The shoot was the most complicated I ever had, mainly because of the weather. It was raining non-stop, we couldn’t reschedule, and the images had to be made outside.
I meet Eric in a restaurant near Lisbon, and proceeded to a nearby garden to make the images.
I got my settings right and, as we were about to start, the rain started coming down even harder. We had to take refuge. Eric was very nice about it, understanding there was little to be done except wait a while. After what seemed like an eternity, the rain eased up a bit, so I told him “It’s now or never. Are you up for it?”. He agreed and we went into the rain for literally one minute, where I was able to make 5 or 6 images, one of which ended up in the magazine.
When you have a job to do, you have to do whatever it takes to deliver. In this case, it meant shooting in the rain with an impossible timeframe. No matter how much you plan, you will sometimes have to improvise, in order to have the bare minimum.
The Editor of Rabona was very understanding when I explained the conditions I had to work under, and liked the final result. Other collaborations may happen in the future.
So, always plan ahead, but remember that you may have to shed all the plans and improvise. Be ready, do your best, and you’ll have something to show for.