A keen photographer snapped up the chance to get behind the lens and take pictures of pop singer Rita Ora at an exclusive shoot.
Sean Byrne from Wellingborough only started taking pictures about two years ago, but his passion for getting a good shot secured him the opportunity to do a photoshoot with the British singer, who recently had a number one hit with I Will Never Let You Down.
Sean, who has gone from taking pictures on an iPhone 4 to far more sophisticated photographic equipment, started putting pictures on Instagram and this is where people began to notice his work.
Sean said: “I wasn’t any good, I just took random stuff. After being on Instagram for about a year, I started seeing some images and I was interested in how I could get that look with my pictures.
“I thought ‘I want to know how to do this’, so I went to Youtube and started learning from there and it just snowballed.
“I am a landscape photographer part-time so this was something completely different.”
Sean starting taking pictures of scenes in London, and it was through this he met Dave Burt, the man behind @London, on Instagram.
The pair organised several events to get together with like-minded people and stayed in touch.
When Dave needed a photographer for a shoot, as @London Instagram has a partnership with SBTV and Jamal Edwards for the SBTV music channel, Sean was more than happy to help.
Sean said: “He said we are going to do a photoshoot with Rita Ora and we just went down to a location in London.
“We just thought we’d be at the back of the room but I ended up being the only photographer there. Rita Ora was very nice, an absolute blast. She was laughing all the way through it.”
The shoot took about three hours and included Rita performing an acoustic version of the singer’s number one hit.
Sean said: “I am an HGV driver by trade, I work four days a week as a driver. Doors have been opening up and I have been given some great opportunities. Afterwards my wife asked me if I realised what I had just done, and my niece, who’s a massive fan, was going mental.”