This Week I are mostly been….

……a bit busy – hence the lack of posting.  Take a deep breath, here’s what I’ve shot in the past 4 weeks:

  • Spending the day with the England Rugby League team for Men’s Fitness at Loughborough university.  Tactical training, strength and conditioning, and lots of cryogenic freezing.  They’ll live forever they will, just remember to thaw them out in time for the world cup.
  • Taking some portraits of farmers for an ad agency, which I’m not allowed to talk about yet.  Got very muddy, climbed on piles of pig crap, mucked about on tractors, and generally reverted to my childhood for a couple of days.
  • Filming a putter fitting for Golf Monthly and Ping at the Forest of Arden.
  • Taking pics at the Runner’s World Trailblazers – up in Clumber Park and down in Bedgebury.  Lovely events, very family friendly, and great weather on both days I’m happy to report.  Would quite liked to have run in them, but there wasn’t really time!
  • Shot an exercise book for UP Fitness.
  • Had a little birthday picnic, and failed to rescue a model plane from a tree.
Birthday Cake
Birthday cake, with my name written in Babybel wax. It’s the little touches that make it for me.
  • Went for a cracking 65 mile bike ride with my little sister.
  • Spent 3 days at the BMW PGA Wentworth tournament for Golf Monthly, shooting Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, Richard Finch, David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernd Heisenberger, Justin Rose, and several others between bouts of sitting in the media centre drinking their very strong free coffee.
  • Seeing Mark Knopfler at the Royal Albert Hall.  Very pleased to report he was legendary, and on several occasions caused me to feel all warm inside.  As an unapologetic middle aged man it brings me great pleasure to hear a world class musician play hits from 30 years ago!
Mark Knopfler at the Royal Albert Hall
Mr Knopfler, making his guitar cry and sing, unlike Guitar George, who of course, doesn’t.
  • Shooting another advert I can’t talk about yet involving a sprinter in the studio.
  • Spending a day shooting workouts in the studio for Men’s Fitness whilst a film crew tried to complicate matters.
  • Going to the Birmingham Alexander Stadium for Runner’s World to shoot the first day of a New Balance campaign.  Very wet, but lots of good information on running, which hopefully I shall soon put into practice.
  • Shooting some stills and video for the marvellous Shane Westley at his club in Regent’s Park.  A top chap to work with, and I hope I’m as fit as he is 12 years from now.
  • Mucking about on the now derelict Heygate estate with Kie Willis for Multipower.  Very strange to be on such a huge estate that’s so empty, but very cool to climb onto the roof of one of the blocks – cracking view across London from the top.
On the roof of a block in the Heygate, looking a bit puzzled – possibly about how I get down….
  • Shooting a group putter test for Golf Monthly at Stoke Park.  Quite surreal to go from the Heygate to Stoke Park within 24 hours, but that’s my job in a nutshell really.
  • Spending the day with Leeds Rhinos – training, rehab, tactics, kicking challenges and a small amount of arsing about, all in a day’s work!  Stayed overnight at Headingley Lodge, which has superb views, but was like sleeping inside an oven.
View of Headingley from my hotel room, inside temperature 35+ degrees.
  • Taking portraits of 3 veteran runners for Runner’s World, all predictably inspiring folk, and a real pleasure to work with.  The only problem was they were in Cheshire, Northumberland, and Northampton, so once I’d fitted the shoots in around other jobs I managed to drive 1000+ miles in 5 days.  Am ashamed to admit I know far too much about which are the best motorway services these days…..

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