'Your first 10, 000 photographs are your worst'
I would agree with that! Although there are still times when I look at an image now and see that it deserves to be in that first 10, 000.
My first blog post for well over 18 months sees me planning the next phase of my progress. To have photographed the World Indoor Athletics Championships, World Cup Athletics, European Indoor Athletic Championships and the Diamond League Athletics meeting in Paris last month, I need a new challenge. A new, higher goal to aim for.
The European Outdoor Athletic Championships take place in Paris next year and I am aiming to be there. To achieve that goal will take a big effort - that's the name of the game! Nothing is easy. Nothing can be taken for granted.
Spending a year photographing Premiership and International Football has honed my skills. The opportunity given to me by Dan Hambury at Focus Images has enabled me to learn from some fantastic photographers who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.
To stand next to and watch Mark Shearman (Athletic Images) work at several athletic events has given me a real insight into how to capture the action. Mark has an unparalleled history in photographing all levels of Athletics and has covered every Olympic Games since 1964! To witness a master at work is such a motivating experience.
Learning from my photographer friends, like Tom Smeeth and Ian Stephen, has made me challenge myself to push for a better result and a more captivating image.
Shooting sporting events is what I enthuse about, however, I also photograph a lot more outside of sport. My experience and knowledge extends from shooting portraits and headshots to events and from weddings to corporate work
Above all, I have made some great friends and enjoyed the banter that goes with the territory.
My image of Andy Murray at Queen's Tennis Championships June 2019