How did you land the gig as Toronto FC team photographer?
I was asked to shoot all the original advertising for the initial team launch and introduction. We didn’t really have a roadmap back then and sort of made pictures on the fly to get people excited. There were no players signed yet so we shot some fans in studio getting excited for TFC. The marketing people liked the shots and they asked me to come on board as the team photographer. Next thing I knew, I was flying down to South Carolina with Maurice Edu to shoot the training camp.
Coolest thing about the job?
Watching and being part of EVERY TFC home game. I may be the only person to attend all the matches so far.
I also love seeing my images used around town and in the media. It provides me with inspiration to get great images.
Are the guys on the team easy to work with?
I can honestly say that all the guys have been courteous and professional and they all understand that the pictures are all part of the package to promote and grow the team brand and get people excited about TFC.
My favourite shot is the Dwayne De Rosario portrait. I love the set-up, the lighting, the post work… what’s your favourite?
I am pretty critical of my work like a typical photographer so I am always revising my favourites but I really liked how a recent composition turned out. I also have a soft spot for one of the first fan images I have ever shot when the south section is going crazy. This was taken on only the 2nd home match ever and it helped people to realize just how fanatical the supporters are.
On an average day, what’s your go to gear when you shoot?
Shooting sports is pretty equipment specific and I usually carry 2 to 3 Canon camera bodies all equipped with a 400mm 2.8 for on field action, a 70-200mm 2.8 for closer action and looser shots and a wide angle 17-40mm for fan images and post game field shots. It is all natural light which at time can be pretty unpredictable. Also, rain gear on hand is a must just in case!
Not that your going to show any kind of team bias of course… how do you think Toronto FC are going to do in 2012?
Playoffs!! I love Aron Winters and the whole team direction starting from the ground up with the new academy initiative and right onto the first team. There is a winning attitude around BMO.
What else do people need to know about Paul Giamou?
I am always shooting and have been lucky enough the last few years to be able to travel the world for assignments and large productions. I have seen and done a lot of things that would only be accessible through photography. I love me job and that is why I always try to get the best for my clients.
To check out more of Paul’s awesome work go to www.paulgiamou.com