Go team USA! Rio Olympic Games 2016 begins on Friday, August 5, and we will be there, looking at the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team through the lens of Diana DeRosa, a professional equestrian photographer. Balancing fashion and function, we talked to the accomplished photographer about her exciting trip to Rio.
Q: Tell us a little about you, what is your background?
A: I’m an equine journalist who will be covering my 8th Olympic Games this year. I’m also president of the American Horse Publications and I have a equine focused PR firm called Press Link. I’m also involved with the annual EQUUS Film Festival which this year takes place in New York City, November 17-20.
Q: When did you become an equestrian photographer? What are your proudest accomplishments? Difficult moments?
A: I’ve been a photographer since 1978 or earlier. I have so many proud moments it’s hard to mention them all. One of my favorites is covering my first Olympic Games in 1988 in Korea or riding up to castles on a riding trip in Hungary. And these are only two of many.
Q: You wear many hats, from a writer, photographer to an actress and a PR maven. Which one is your favorite?
A: I have to say I love the acting because I haven’t done it for as long as I have everything else. But there is nothing better than coming home after shooting a major event like the Olympics and allowing my photos to bring me back to the moment I took each photo.Q: This are your 8th Olympic Games you will be covering, how does that feel?
A: There’s both excitement and concern. Excitement because I love international travel. Concern because I like my sleep and I know I will be working non-stop there and for three weeks I’ll be lucky if I manage one or two nights with more than 3 hours sleep a night. We work all day and then at the end of the day our second workload begins as we download photos and get them off to waiting clients or we write our stories. It’s a lot of work but worth it in the end.
Q: What kind of clothing do you wear while on an assignment?
A: Well, I’ll be wearing a lot of Noble Outfitters. I love their Miley Polo shirts and the All-Around Vest and Jacket. I love the fact that the vest and jacket have zipper pockets because I always worry about losing things. Also, they are very tailored, so I’m able to work with my camera equipment. And the socks are to die for.
Q: What did you learn about packing from your previous years of traveling?
A: One of the reasons I’ll be wearing a lot of Noble Outfitters products is because of what I’ve learned. Packing light is critical since just my computers and camera equipment already take up a lot of space. What I love about Noble Outfitters clothes is that they are light, yet stylish (and they have my size). Whoever designs your clothes – keep up the good work!