I am fortunate enough to have had lots of my work published in some of the country’s biggest sports magazines and on many of the busiest websites.
I don’t think many feelings in photography can beat the one when you see your work in glossy A4 print and with your name alongside it. I will take you through a random selection of my many UK commissions here. If you want to see my collection in full or ask any questions, drop me a line.
Client: National Club Golfer
Brief: Photograph Under Armour’s new golf clothing line in a makeshift studio.
The hardest thing about this shoot was getting the clothing to look good on the table. I used my 50mm prime lens for most of the shots but as my assistant and I were taking the photos from a height due to the small and boxy nature of our studio, I also drafted in the 70-200mm, which was extremely useful. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for a tripod so we had to make our own using sticky tape and cardboard. The sheer weight of the camera body and lens made this tremendously difficult but we persevered and it worked. I liaised with the magazine’s chief designer to come up with a template for how the page would look. The client was absolutely delighted and booked a similar feature in the next issue.
Client: The Press newspaper
Brief: Photograph a match between Cleckheaton and Harrogate’s rugby union teams.
I have experience taking photos at rugby matches, but this was one of the toughest I have ever had to do. It was a late afternoon kick-off in winter and the images were going to be used over at least 3/4 of a page in the paper. That meant raising the ISO over 2000 was not an option. I had to sacrifice a bit of sharpness and open the aperture wide to ensure the shutter speed would be sufficient to freeze the action. The client was very happy with my results – they not only booked me for future work but shared one of the shots with their Facebook fans. It got a lot of likes and comments, though I believe they selected one of the weakest I sent over. Click here to see what I thought was the strongest.
Client: National Club Golfer magazine
Brief: Tag along to a non-scientific test and capture the team putting wedges through their paces.
As an equipment geek I thought I would find this easy, but capturing people looking at and testing a golf club while at the same time making them look good is quite a task. I experimented with different lenses and framing as well as post-production effects, including black and white. The spread as a whole was very professional and uniform thanks to my efforts and I was asked to do this every month as a result.
Client: National Club Golfer
Brief: Shadow one of the owners at a custom fitting in Huddersfield.
Taking photos on a driving range is a real pain. They almost always feature busy backgrounds and are far from easy on the eye. I therefore utilised my 50mm prime’s fast aperture (it is sharp above f/2 so I started there) to bring out the bokeh and hide it a touch.
It was made into a double-page spread in the magazine and a large feature online. The screenshot alongside this is taken directly from the latter. The client – John Letters, one of golf’s oldest and most successful manufacturers – was so impressed they purchased the images for promotional purposes on their premises and website. Check out my favourite photo from this shoot here.
Client: GRN-OGRO magazine/Gainsborough Golf Club
Brief: Photograph Gainsborough Golf Club for an advertorial feature.
Photographing golf courses is one of my passions and when I was asked to visit Gainsborough I was excited. That’s because I had been told to expect flat terrain and a course that is not exactly picturesque. I saw it as a challenge and armed with a tripod and my ND filters I scoured the course on a buggy. I had only one evening and one morning to capture the entire course so was totally up against it. Thankfully, I found some great angles early on and discovered a group of three or four holes that were basking in golden sunlight. The combination of dark skies with slithers of sunbeams made for some great photos and both clients were over the moon. Click here to see three more of my shots from the commission.