Everyone dreams about their big break in photography. We wonder when it will come and if we'll be prepared for it when/if it does. For Rosie Hardy, a teenage photographer in Manchester, England, it came more suddenly than she could ever have imagined.
Rosie Hardy picked up photography at the age of fifteen simply because she wanted, "a pretty MySpace picture to make the guy I had a crush on fancy me. So I did with a little point - and - shoot camera.", she says. Later, it evolved into taking photos of the world around her.
Eventually, Rosie became interested in the works of famous photographers and those she was following on Flickr. Using these influences, she quickly grew into her conceptual style.
Then in 2010, Maroon 5's new album, "Hands All Over," was about to be released, however they hadn't yet selected a cover image for the album. By using the search terms, "Hands All Over" they stumbled onto this portrait on Rosie's Flickr account.
When Rosie received a message from the band she immediately thought she was the victim of an internet troll, but when she got contacted a second time, she followed up and realized it was a legit offer. She explains, "They really liked the concept [of the original portrait] and asked if I could redo it, but in a more sexy way for the band."
She immediately took a bunch of self - portraits on her parents' bed, composited it all together and sent it off to the band. The band replied that they were happy with the shot and didn't feel the need for a new model. Rosie would now be on the cover of their new album.
The above self - portrait appeared on the album cover, billboards and buses all over the world and her "overnight success" catapulted her career sky high.
Now isn't that an email you'd like to get? Next time I might just follow up when the King of Africa asks me to transfer his fortune into my bank account...
[Thanks to Flickr!]