It’s that time of year again! The barer and more glorious rugby season is upon us. Whether you’re playing professionally or simply find joy in watching the big men run around in underwear, this is the time of year when you put your rugby outfit together and get out on the pitch!
For the last couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of photographing some of the biggest names in British sport. I’ve covered the London Olympics and the Football World Cup for international clients and worked with major European brands. But this year sports fans will see more of my personal work than they’ve ever seen before.
The Adam Pattinson naked calendar project
It all started when I was asked to contribute some pieces to a sports magazine. They needed some well-known faces to pose in various stages of undress for a calendar. Normally I’d say no, but for some reason the very idea of getting naked for a photo-shoot appealed to me. I said yes, and eventually ended up having a ball.
The Biggest Names In British Sport
It’s not everyday you get the chance to work with some of the biggest names in British sport, but when you do, you jump at the chance. I’ve worked with everyone from David Beckham to Wayne Rooney to Kevin Pietersen, and had an opportunity to work with them all again for this year’s Adam Pattinson nakd rugby calendar. The results were spectacular!
I’ve covered the Olympics and the football world cup for international clients, but this year I was really keen to explore the world of British sport and all its quirks. My client, Adam Pattinson, is England’s number one amateur sportsman and the founder of the Naked Rugby Festival. We wanted to find a way to celebrate the spirit of the game and wanted to use the opportunity to speak to as many people as possible. The result is this year’s Adam Pattinson naked rugby calendar.
Naked Rugby Is Back!
Naked rugby is back! Or rather, it’s been around for a while and people have just started to catch on. I remember covering the inaugural Naked Rugby World Cup 10 years ago for ESPN. The first non-contact tournament of its kind featured over 100 of the finest rugby players from around the world. It was such a breath of fresh air. No footballers, no basketcases, just fit guys playing a game they love!
In order to celebrate the game’s success these days we have the Naked Rugby Football League, a professional league featuring the best players in the world. It’s a real highlight of the season and the culmination of a fantastic rugby year. It’s a great way to end the season and for players to look back on their successes.
Why Do The Whole Team Strip Off?
I think the idea of taking your kit off and having a bit of a laugh is appealing, don’t you? A quick look around my office will tell you I don’t always have time for a full strip-tease, but when I do, I always make sure I have plenty of towels nearby.
Getting Naked For A Photo-Sesh Is More Than Skin Deep
Getting naked for a photo-sesh is more than skin deep. Sure, the photo-shoot is mainly about the pictures, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We want to explore every aspect of your personality and lifestyle, so we can bring the best possible product to life. We want to celebrate the beauty of different body shapes and sizes so people can feel comfortable in their own skin. Ultimately, we just want to create fantastic images to bring joy and smiles to everyone!
How Is The Feedback So Far?
So far, the feedback has been amazing! This is literally the most requests I’ve had for a photo-shoot in a while. Normally I only get asked to take pictures of famous people, so it’s great to see so many people wanting to be a part of it.
More Than Meets The Eye
I think a lot of people see this project and my involvement in it as a celebration of what I do, and that’s a wonderful thing. It’s given me the chance to work with some fantastic brands and helped me reach a new audience. Most importantly, I think it’s allowed me to be proud of what I do and who I am. I love what I do, and I love being able to share it with everyone!
As you’d expect, we’ve had some funny comments and requests too. One of the best was: “Please don’t show my husband, he thinks the sun shines out of Rosie’s pants.” Thanks for asking, I might have to pay Rosie a visit soon.
Be Like Mike
We also got a lot of comments asking for rugby players to wear more clothes. I think it’s important to note that while this is a celebration of the game itself, it’s also a celebration of the bodies that play it. Everyone is naked except the referee, and that’s because we want to focus on the beauty of the athletes and the energy they bring to the field. There’s a reason why rugby is often referred to as “the game that stops a nation” – it’s because whenever it’s on TV, people stop what they’re doing, sit down and pay attention. It’s one of the reasons why I enjoy taking pictures of rugby players so much, they bring a sense of pure energy and excitement to the pitch that makes for some spectacular shots!
I’d like to think that this year’s Adam Pattinson naked rugby calendar will be looked back on as a great celebration of the game and its fans. Whether you’re an avid rugby fan or not, I think you’ll enjoy the results!