“Getting actors and talent to look at you is an important part of the job as it helps the viewer of the image feel connected.”

This photo was taken at ‘The Theory of Everything‘ film premiere – a movie about the life of Professor Stephen Hawking, portrayed by Eddie Redmayne, so the shot of the two of them together was a key image which I knew I would have to send to papers as soon as I could.

At premieres, a lottery for positions of accredited photographers takes place shortly before the event starts. My draw for this premiere was fairly good, I was around the 10th name drawn, so I was able to take a place on the front row a little left of the centre. This time, the position worked in my favour as the actors were asked to make two stops, the first of which was almost directly in front of me.

The PR agency organising the press activity had also spoken to the photographers and asked that we try not to use flash when photographing Professor Stephen Hawking, as it may cause discomfort to his eyes. Luckily for us the lighting had been set up well, balanced to daylight and was quite bright, so I took the decision to shoot the whole premiere using just the available light.

The first talent to arrive was Eddie Redmayne and his girlfriend who we photographed. Then there was a few minutes gap, just long enough to download the pictures onto my laptop and send them back to the Getty Images picture desk. I had my computer ready, connected to WiFi and with the picture captions all in place to save as much time as possible. Once they’ve been sent to the office, they are checked and sent straight out to the newspapers and placed on the Getty Images website.

Next on the carpet was the actress Felicity Jones, who plays his wife, and I was able to send a few shots of her out too just as Professor Hawking arrived.

Getting actors and talent to look at you (or ‘eye-line’) is an important part of the job as it helps the viewer of the image feel connected. When you are in a crowd of 40 photographers it can be difficult. It’s not all about shouting the loudest, but trying to make contact in a brief moment. It also requires a bit of luck.

Eddie Redmayne was very professional – he posed for a decent amount of time and seemed to try and look at as many cameras as he could. As soon as the two moved away, I downloaded again and selected my images. I had a couple where Eddie was looking at me and smiling, so I picked those first and sent them straight away.

Although it’s my job to get pictures published, it’s still very satisfying to see one of mine used on the front page of a national newspaper.

This photo was taken using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24-70 II F2.8 (although most of the premiere was shot using a 70-200mm), at 1000 ISO, 320th/sec at F4.


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