It was a cold and wet Saturday afternoon in winter, I was not playing Handball that day and going for a Mountain Bike ride didn't appeal, so what to do? I knew that Wakefield rugby union team had a home game and as standing is not something I am a big fan of, I checked with my Dad to see if I could borrow his camera. I had always wanted to do photography but never had the time. Access to the game was great it was second division Rugby but you could walk up and down one side of the ground and follow the action. A couple of black and white rolls of film later I sat on the bus wet and cold but with a smile on my face. This was what I wanted to do as a career.
I started with an evening class at College and photographing anything that I could. After a few month and a confidence that comes with lack of ability I contacted the local newspaper to see if I could get some work. The chief photographer must of seen some potential as he asked me to cover a game of Rugby League at Stanley, £3 a picture. After some time in the dark room at the paper I has a set of pictures I was happy with and submitted them to the sports department hopeful to get something published. That Friday one picture publish, great this was just fantastic. A couple of more jobs for the newspaper and then the big game for Wakefield in the cup against Bath. I had my ticket anyway but the chief asked if I would cover it for them along side their staff photographer. Great game and atmosphere which just made me want more but to cap it all I got my first back page picture. Big smile.
The development continued covering as much as I could, I started to do more news jobs for the paper and learnt a lot with the help of some excellent photographers. I started working full time as a freelance photographer, I got my first news pictures in a national newspaper and still have several copies of the paper. After a few I got a job as the deputy Chief Photographer at the Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group. We worked on a rota that gave me most weekends free so I contacted some agencies trying to get more work. SWpix offered me work and I started covering top level sport every weekend. In 2005 Simon asked if I could cover the World swimming championships in Montreal. This was my first major sporting event overseas, also the first time I had covered swimming and diving. 17 Days of work with some long hours but still great fun.
Later that year I started freelancing for Action Images, now the specialist sports arm of Reuters in the UK. More top level sport with a few different ones as well, a few more trips overseas and some great jobs including shooting Leicester City lifting the Premier League trophy.
So manly sport and news but it 2007 the chief at the newspaper asked if I could do some fashion photography for a magazine that they produced. We got in contacted with the model competition winner and a new and exciting journey started. Eleanor was the model and we not only did shoots for the magazine but for our own portfolios. A new side to photography and one that is as fun and challenging as sport. The magazine is not published anymore and Eleanor now has moved onto bigger things but I still enjoy fashion photography. It has also taught me a lot and altered my philosophy on photography.
2015 and a new chapter, full time freelancing. New challenges and experiences, still enthusiastic about photography and always wanting to do more.