Euro 2016: Group Stage Part 1

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I’d been hoping to blog every day before coming out to the Euros but we haven’t stopped since we’ve arrived so here’s the first part of the group stages. I’m out here shooting for my agency,, but sharing the travelling with my Dad who is shooting for Focus Images. France v Romania Our first game was the opener between France and Romania at the Stade de France. We headed out on a ferry the night before the match and then went to Paris early to pick up our accreditation.

Glory hunting

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Most of the games I shoot are in the Championship or lower but over the past couple of months I’ve had the chance to shoot PSG v Chelsea, Man City v Barcelona and the Capital One Cup final – a refreshing change from Bolton, Rochdale and Oldham! PSG v Chelsea First up was a trip across to Paris for the 1st leg of Chelsea’s last 16 Champions League match against PSG.

Man City v Chelsea

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This post is a little late due to a short holiday, but the Sunday before last saw me heading over to the Etihad Stadium to photograph Man City v Chelsea – a huge match which was being billed as a potential title decider, despite it being September. The first half was largely uneventful except for a penalty shout for City, but I had some nice action down my side, particularly from James Milner who played fantastically.

A ‘super’ start to the season

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It’s been a while since I last blogged, mostly due to a lack of anything to talk about. Unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to head out to Brazil over the summer but fellow Focus Images photographer Andy Tobin was and his blog of the World Cup is worth a read if you haven’t already. The new football season started last Tuesday for me as I headed down to Cardiff for the UEFA Super Cup Final (how can a competition have a ‘final’ when it’s only one match?

England v Denmark & Arsenal v Bayern Munich

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Last night saw me sitting through the turgid affair that was England v Denmark. Wembley’s a fantastic place to work at for photographers, with ridiculously fast ethernet and power around the pitch, and some of the brightest floodlights in the country. It’s always great to shoot a big international match too, even if the football was terrible. A late Sturridge goal saw England snatch a 1-0 win. I was partially blocked for the goal, and the celebration ran away from me which is frustrating as the papers were always going to run with the goal and celebration (especially when Sturridge does his stupid dance right in front of 20 photographers!

Rain, more rain, and terrible football

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At the risk of this turning into a weather blog, it’s been reported that January was one of the wettest on record, which won’t come as a shock to many sport photographers. I’ve shot 8 games since my last blog post and I’ve been drenched at most of them! The football’s not been great either. My first game saw me heading to The Den to photograph Millwall v Ipswich, Ian Holloway’s first home match as Millwall manager.

A week of cup and non-league action

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The past week saw a change from my usual schedule of Premier League and Football League matches as I shot some FA Cup, Capital One Cup and non-league action. Last Saturday I attended Southend v Millwall in the FA Cup 3rd round. Since being a kid the 3rd round has held a special place in the football calendar for me and I was looking forward to this game as it had all the hallmarks of a possible cup upset.

A new year and a new website

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It’s a new year, and I thought it’s about time I create a website to showcase my photos. Until now I’ve used Flickr, Twitter and my agency site which worked okay but none do a great job of showing off a portfolio. I also intend to starting blogging a bit about events I’ve attended etc. New Year’s Day saw me making my way to Roots Hall for Southend v Portsmouth in League Two.