#IWD2016: Q&A with Victoria Haydn
- 08 March 2016 15:56
- Posted by @MCWFC
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we caught up with one half of our all-female photography duo...
From match-day action and goal celebrations in the Etihad Stadium, to documenting behind-the-scenes with City on tour - Sharon Latham and Victoria Haydn aim to capture the very best moments for Manchester City and Manchester City Women’s Football Club.
We quizzed Victoria on her role...
You and Sharon are the only all-female photography team in the Premier League - what’s that like?
"I feel empowered that I’m one of the only female photographers in the league and the youngest (for now!) although I definitely think there should be more of us pitchside.
"I love being creative and trying new techniques through research and experimentation whilst constantly looking at the different styles and trends in photography, meaning I can constantly deliver that perfect shot.
"I hope that we can be an inspiration to the next generation."
Football has the reputation of being very male-dominated, what’s it like being a woman in football?
"All my life I’ve wanted to challenge stereotypes. There is a memory that sticks out from when I was 11 or 12: I was told by a teacher that only men become mechanics.
"From that moment, I wanted to be a mechanic. No-one should tell you what you can and can’t be because of your gender.
"Working as a woman in football is brilliant. It has its challenges, but everyone has their strengths and you have to learn how to maximise your qualities. The Club definitely gives us the support to do this.
"I would say I’m empathetic and personable in every aspect of my job and I think that helps to get the best out of people."
What advice would you give to women looking to start a career in football?
"I would give the same advice to anyone trying to be a photographer or break into football and that would be to work hard. It sounds cliché but you need to learn and master your skill so that you have the knowledge to succeed.
"I would also say be yourself and be kind - kindness goes such a long way and we need more of it in the world."
You’ve been working on a unique campaign with MCWFC – can you tell us about that?
"We’re surrounded by so many female role models in the Club, but I felt that the women behind our MCWFC team needed celebrating too - the mothers!
"Hearing how proud and passionate they are made me want to photograph them.
"I wanted to tell that story using the power of photography, so I worked with Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze and invited their mums in for a very special photoshoot! It was a brilliant day and I’m really happy with how the shots have turned out.
"I think it’s important to hear from women of all walks of life because we all have different experiences and outlooks.
"This is why I do my job, to empower people and capture their incredible personalities."
What’s next for women in football?
"I’d love for there to be a higher percentage of women sports photographers in the future. It’s slowly on the increase and it’s a great job that allows you to work in the best league in the world.
"It gives you the opportunity to travel and work alongside some of the best sportsmen and women around. You get to communicate the way you see things to rest of the world; I can’t imagine many other jobs allow you to do that.
"I feel privileged to work for a Club which values a person on their talents, regardless of gender. I hope that more and more women will experience this in years to come."
As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, Manchester City Women players will be heading out into the community to meet some inspirational women and girls as part of the work City in the Community are doing to increase participation in football.
After the international break, MCWFC's England stars will return to Manchester to prepare for the new Women's Super League season. 2016 Seasoncards are now on sale so you can guarantee your seat for all MCWFC home games, including the UEFA Women's Champions League.
To celebrate the big kick off we're also giving fans the opportunity to meet Steph Houghton and Toni Duggan. Find out how you can win this special visit.