Sophie’s Olympic golden shot

Photographer Sophie Heald will have some of her portraits of pentathlete Samantha Murray used in the Olympic brochure

Photographer Sophie Heald will have some of her portraits of pentathlete Samantha Murray used in the Olympic brochure

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A BUDDING photographer struck gold when her coursework photographs were chosen to appear in the official Olympic brochure.

Sophie Heald, 23, from Poulton, contacted British pentathlete Samantha Murray to photograph her training as part of her coursework for her degree.

The young photographer, who graduated from Salford University with a 2:1 in fashion image making and styling, was overjoyed when her work got published in the Olympic brochure.

She said “As part of my final year I had to have a theme for my portfolio. I chose British heritage and did photo shoots about events happening in Britain this year and things that I associate with fashion, myself and being British.

“With the Olympics going on, I wanted to do a sports themed shoot and so I contacted Samantha and went down to Bath where she trained for the modern pentathlon. I photographed her in her surroundings in all five sporting events that she does.

“Samantha made a fantastic subject. She was very photogenic and loved being in front of the camera which made my job even more enjoyable.

“The success of having my photographs used for the Olympic brochure makes me extremely proud of what I’ve achieved, its given me confidence in realising that I can make a career for myself as a photographer and that all the hard work I put into it is worth it.

“I couldn’t ask for better recognition than this.”

Sophie has proved she is not just a star behind the camera, as she recently secured a place in both Miss Blackpool and Miss Fylde Coast competition finals.

She works for Angel Elite modelling agency and says this has encouraged her career in photography.

“I’ve been a model myself since I was 13 years old and I would like to continue photographing within fashion.

“It has helped me as a photographer because I know what it’s like to be the subject being photographed.

“I want to be a photographer and I am always trying to contact interesting subjects.”