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How Ryan Reynolds helped youngster launch his photography career

13 Sep 2023 3 minute read
Cody Froggatt (right) and one of his pictures of Ryan Reynolds (Credit: Cody Froggatt)

A young photographer’s freelancing future is in full focus after spending a season capturing Wrexham’s most successful year under the reign of Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

23-year-old photographer Cody Froggatt from Connah’s Quay, who graduated with an MA in photography from Nottingham Trent University in August last year, has spent the last eight months preserving his local club’s most memorable milestones as they were promoted back into the Football League for the first time in 15 years.

From Elliott Lee’s 78th minute celebration and Paul Mullin lifting the trophy as National League champions, to the club’s victorious open-top bus parade, Cody’s pitch-perfect shots – which also feature celebrity faces Will Ferrel and Paul Rudd at the Racecourse – have been featured more than 74 times in national media titles like The Times, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

As the football season kicked off again, Cody was back pitch-side to capture Wrexham’s comeback having now certified his freelance photography business, Cody Froggatt photography, with the support of Big Ideas Wales.

Cody had been speaking to a number of non-league clubs, when the opportunity came to photograph at Wrexham AFC as a freelance photographer for Alamy, a stock photography company, in 2022.

A selection of Cody’s images

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Recalling the game that changed it all, Cody said: “I’m a huge football fanatic so when I get any chance to cover massive games it’s always a massive privilege and opportunity. Wrexham’s game against Notts County was a massive one for me, dubbed the title decider for last season league; I was very excited. It wasn’t until I got home and saw that Ryan Reynolds had shared my photos to his nearly 50 million followers on Instagram that I realised this could change my career.

“The next thing I knew, my account was blowing up on all social media platforms and I knew I had quite a lucky break into the industry. Almost overnight I was getting golden shots that not many other photographers were capturing, and they soon began popping up across the media as Wrexham’s success skyrocketed.”

Alongside capturing shots of Wrexham AFC, Cody has travelled across Wales and England capturing women’s football games and rugby tournaments. Cody also photographs aviation events, a childhood passion that led him into photography at a young age. He is now photographing Wrexham on behalf of photo agency News Images.

Photographer Cody Froggatt

In February 2023, shortly after beginning to sell his photographs that had captured the nation’s interest, Cody reached out to Big Ideas Wales, a Welsh Government funded service that, as part of Business Wales, aims to support anyone between the age of 5 and 25 to develop a business idea, including students and graduates, as part of its commitment to the Young Person’s Guarantee.

Cody was paired with Business Advisor, Martin Unwin, who supported him in ensuring he had all the documentation necessary to operate as a certified freelance business and continue working with Wrexham alongside major Football League clubs.

Since then the only way has been up for Cody and Wrexham.

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