Pretty as a Rose

I had the pleasure recently of a portrait shoot with Scottish-footballing legend Rose Reilly.

Visiting Rose down in her Stewarton home, near Glasgow, to photograph for the The Times, I was regaled with stories of Rose’s incredible footballing career in the 1970’s and 1980’s when she reached the top level of women’s football, playing not only for Scotland but also for Italy, and for clubs such as ACF Milan, and ACF Catania in Sicily.

With those clubs she was a pioneer for Scottish women’s football. Rose twice won the Serie A Golden Boot, in seasons 1978 and 1981, and won eight Serie A titles, a French title and four Italian Cups. In 1984 she played for the Italian women’s team winning the then unofficial women’s world cup.

Rose Reilly, ex-footballer, played for Italy and Scotland, pioneer in women’s football, photographed at home in Stewarton, Scotland, on 17 May 2019.

One of the greatest pleasures of shooting portraits, being an editorial and press photographer, is the chance to meet people, to hear their stories, to spend a little time with them. I have to admit Rose wasn’t someone I’d heard of previously, but what a great shoot it was, doing the photos, having a coffee, talking, listening to her stories. Little jobs like that are the pleasures of working in this industry.

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