I took up photography by accident; in 2004 I went to a music festival accompanied by a digital camera and photographed some of the bands and acts that appeared over the course of a weekend and, having placed the images on a website, I then received a number of orders. It was small-scale taster of what has led, over the last few years, to my being lucky enough to photograph at a number of festivals and some of the larger venues in London and the South-East.
It was a year after my fledgling first steps, when I became interested in cricket after watching the Ashes, that I started to follow all forms of cricket on TV… I even tried to play a bit! But, having soon discovered that I was no good with a bat or a ball, I decided I would be better off on the boundary with my camera. Hartley Wintney Cricket Club in Hampshire was my first stop, so chosen simply because they had a small boundary and allowed me to catch the action with the limited zoom that my camera had. I spent most of the summer 2008 on the boundary there and slowly moved around the ground towards the club house as my lenses and cameras improved.
I was invited to photograph Hampshire player, John Crawley’s Benefit Day, where I took photos and met the team as well as special guests Andrew Flintoff, Dominic Cork and Glen Chapple. My pictures made it into the local press and this is when I decided to concentrate my photography on cricket. 2009 saw a great investment in new equipment and, in the seasons that have followed, I have had the opportunity to photograph at Hampshire’s The Ageas Bowl and Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge as well as many others.
I have been an accredited ECB photographer since 2010, and have been asked by Hampshire to photograph both home and away for their online match reports as well as for marketing collateral including official Tournament Guides. I have also had a Number of images published in the national press, including All Out Cricket, The Times, and The Cricket Paper Most recently, I have photographed at the NatWest t20 Blast Finals day, Royal London One Day Cup final, including Hampshire’s one day cup double in 2012. I have also photographed a number of One-Day Internationals and the Sri Lanka and India Test matches, which have been played at The Ageas Bowl.