Henry's Superhero 4th Birthday Party

31 January 18

Posted at 2:10

I underestimated how much work goes in to organising a children's party and everyone said we were mad having one twenty days before Victoria was due to give birth to our second child but it was all worth it after seeing Henry's face filled with joy.

Twenty seven of Henry's friends from nursery, swimming, playgroups and family friends were invited to Royal Park Primary School in Sidcup organised by Zambezi Sports School to run riot and have fun on the bouncy castle, soft-play and various sporting activities designed for four year old children.

A massive thank you goes to Victoria my wife who I convinced I would take control and organised the party but as you can imagine I failed and Victoria saved the day so I am Uber grateful for all the hard work she done while heavily pregnant to put this party together. 

Thank you to everyone who attended. Henry had the most amazing day and was spoilt by everyones generous gifts.

A special thank you goes to my work colleague Laura Shelley who made stunning cup cakes for everyone.

Henry's Birthday cake by Joanne Parsons https://www.instagram.com/ladymuk/

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Lumiere London 2018

23 January 18

Posted at 4:27

Lumiere London light festival returned for a spectacular second edition. More than 50 artworks covered London’s architecture and streets, transforming the city into the UK's largest light art exhibition.

On my way from work last Friday I diverted to Westminster Abbey to see French digital artist Patrice Warrener's amazing piece called The Light of the Spirit Chapter 2.
 
The below photos were shot using an iPhone 7
 
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Chelsea Vs Norwich City - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 17 Jan 2018

19 January 18

Posted at 12:35

I finally got to photograph the team I've supported all my life and was a member and season ticket holder for many years during the days where Chelsea were not so succesful and money was not in the game like it is now. 

The day started off bad when I went to photograph the corner flag and the sprinkler came on and drenched me waist down. Almost look like I had been dunked in the bath. School boy error.

Norwich City got an excellent result at home against Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup and Wednesday was no different. After ninety minutes the game ended in a draw. For Chelsea it was unwelcomed extra time followed by penalties. Cheslea eventually came out winners and won 5-4.

I was really impressed with 17 year old center back Ethan Ampadu. He has the potential to be a Chelsea great. 

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Tottenham Hotspur Vs AFC Wimbledon 3rd Round FA Cup - 7 Jan 2018

08 January 18

Posted at 12:25

First game of the year and my first time shooting Spurs. Today's opponents were AFC Wimbledon in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. It should have been one way traffic especially with the premiership's best forward Harry Kane a surprise starter but at half time the score was 0-0. Second half a different story and Spurs scored three despite the brave resistance of AFC Wimbledon. Two goals from Harry Kane and a stunner from Jan Vertonghen.

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Charlton Athletic Vs Blackpool 23 Dec 2017

23 December 17

Posted at 11:43

My final game of 2017, Charlton Athletic Vs Blackpool. Both teams in need of three points but it was Charlton who was unable to convert a hatful of chances. The game finished 1-1

Looking forward to 2018 and shooting more games.

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2017 Best Nine on Instagram

21 December 17

Posted at 8:06

So this is what my 4423 followers on Instagram have liked and made these my most liked photos from 2017. I don't think it means my best nine shots. A head and shoulder shot of Brad Pitt is not a great picture but the fact that it’s Brad Pitt obviously created a lot of likes and attention.  I can say it would never have made my favourite or most liked nine. How different I see it from my followers.

I like the fact a Venice Beach Skate Park shot is in the collection and a shot of Liam Gallagher on his return to the music scene but again not the greatest shots from there respective collection.
It all depends on when you post throughout the day and the hash tags you use.
Like I said in my end of year review I have been very fortunate and I’m looking forward to 2018.
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End of Year Review 2017

15 December 17

Posted at 9:33

Hello to everyone who has visited my site and viewed and taken an interest in my blog. I'm not the greatest of writers so I hope my photos that I share you all like and it makes up for the lack of writing.

It's been an amazing 2017 for me in photography. The year started off with a huge O2 Arena show photographing Avenge Sevenfold and the X-Factor Tour Show but very early in the year I would get the chance to photograph a young lady for DIY Magazine by the name of Maggie Rogers. An amazing artist and one I would recommend for any of you to listen. 

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I was given the opportunity by work to go to LA for four week and in that time it was hard not to get amazing photos on the street and at various LA music venues. Plenty of street photography documenting Skaters at the Venice Beach Skate Park, a quick portrait with America's smallest man and photographed JAIN at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Another artist who has gone on to huge things.

 

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Back to London and got to shoot Blondie, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Depeche Mode and Louis Berry to name a few before we hit the festival season.

 

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I was fortunate to have covered and documented Barclays Card Presents British Summer Time Festivals with headliners Kings of Leon, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Killers even though no one was actually allowed to shoot The Killers. Citadel, Standon Calling with the likes of legendary Grace Jones, Editors and newbie Nadia Rose, V Festival who had Pink headlining and my local festival On Blackheath with headliners The Libertines and Seasick Steve. I also got to shoot Glastonbury minus the two main stages but still an amazing experience. Highlight was getting a quick portrait of Brad Pitt during the set of Futures at the John Peel Stage.

 

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Throw into the mix Jessie J, Sleaford Mods, Shed Seven, Blondie and Liam Gallagher again, Marilyn Manson with Johnny Depp for good measure it’s not been a bad year for music photography for me.

I assisted my first wedding with an amazing photographer by the name of Ross Hurley and got to shoot my first full wedding. Very nervous from start to finish but good fun.

 

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Later part of the year I decided to try and shoot some Football or Soccer depending which part of the world is reading this. An intense ninety minutes making sure you capture that one image that potentially would tell the story in the match report. Thankfully one image I did capture made front page of the Guardian Sport supplement from the England Vs Germany International friendly.

 

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Apart from finding out my wife was expecting our second child and shot some beautiful portraits of her and my son Henry my photography highlight will have to be spending a week with an amazing group of super humans who cycled from GENEVA To CANNES >> 1,000km & 28,512m climbing across "Les Grandes ALPES" in aid of BLOODWISE Charity - Beating Blood Cancers. Inspired by the Courage it takes to fight Cancer, these riders tackle the most gruelling climbs of Le TOUR de FRANCE and were dedicated to raising Awareness & Funds in the Advertising, Film & Media world.

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 Looking forward to 2018 and thank you for all your likes and comments on Facebook and Instagram. Its much appreciated.

Bros

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Yung Lean Live at the Roundhouse

13 December 17

Posted at 9:20

Swedish rapper Yung Lean brough his unique style of hip-hop to the Roundhouse stage last night. At only 21 years of age, highlights this year for Yung Lean, independently released, eclectic album Warlord and embarking on a sold out world tour, featured on Frank Ocean’s Blonde, star in Calvin Klein’s #mycalvins campaign and launch his own Sadboys Gear brand. A very difficult show to shoot last night. These are some of my favourites.

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Marilyn Manson - Wembley Arena 9 dec 2017

11 December 17

Posted at 12:49

I've never shot at Wembley Arena before so when the opportunity came to photograph Marilyn Manson for Gigwise it was a must even though we were originally told it was for the first song only.

One song not a problem because I knew we were about to get some amazing shots but on arrival it was a surprise to be told (and strangely) that we were allowed to stick around and photograph the seventh song. Not knowing the reason and there must have been a good reason for this I stuck around and entered the press pit in darkness on the seventh. Lights came on to be presented with the one and only Johnny Depp on guitar. For me it was worth the wait.

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Charlton Athletic Vs Portsmouth 9 Dec 2017

11 December 17

Posted at 7:23

Charlton Athletic celebrated their 25 year anniversary on the clubs return to The Valley. Unfortuantely Portsmouth had their own celebrations with a one nil victory and moved them up to seventh in League One.

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Liam Gallagher - Live at Alexandra Palace

08 December 17

Posted at 12:33

Liam Gallagher performed live at Alexandra Palace. Definitely made for these big occasions and proves he's still a legend. It's been the third time this year I've got to photograph Liam Gallagher live and looking forward to the shows 2018.

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Megan McKenna - Live at London's Scala

06 December 17

Posted at 11:30

TOWIE star Megan McKenna played to a sold out crowd at London's Scala. The 25-year-old reality TV star turned country singer has already had a number one hit with her debut song High Heeled Shoes and even managed to knock Taylor Swift off the top of the iTunes chart.

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FIREFLIES TOUR 2017 - 'For Those Who Suffer We Ride’

29 November 17

Posted at 8:47

FIREFLIES TOUR 2017 - 'For Those Who Suffer We Ride’

It's been an exciting year for me in photography and I've been very fortunate to have photographed many bands and artists performing live in and around London. I got to shoot many festivals including Glastonbury and document the streets of LA but it was spending time with a group of cyclists who participated in this years FireFlies TOUR that will be my photography highlight of 2017.

From day one I knew I was surrounded by very special people.

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The team spent 8 days cycling from GENEVA To CANNES ->> 1,000km & 28,512m climbing across "Les Grandes ALPES" in aid of BLOODWISE Charity - Beating Blood Cancers. Inspired by the Courage it takes to fight Cancer, the riders tackle the most gruelling climbs of Le TOUR de FRANCE. Dedicated to raising Awareness & Funds in the Advertising, Film & Media world, the Tour arrives mid week of Cannes Lions International AD Festival.

 

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Since 2001 The FireFlies have Fundraised to support clinical and scientific Research into the Causes & Treatment of Leukaemia and other Blood Cancers at The HAMMERSMITH HOSPITAL in London.  

 

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Their Motto is: "FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER WE RIDE". 

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Millwall Vs Hull - Championship

28 November 17

Posted at 8:37

The last time I visited The New Den was to see Chelsea come away with a score draw in the FA Cup. I returned to The New Den but this time to photograph their match against Hull in the EFL for the News Shopper. 

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Blondie - O2 Academy Brixton

25 November 17

Posted at 7:24

It's been a while since I last posted so I thought I would play catch-up and start off with photos from Blondie's return visit to London. After seeing Blondie at the Roundhouse it was a must to photograph at one of may favourite venues, London's Brixton Academy.

The lighting was perfect and Deborah Harry was sounding amazing. The only negative photographers have to leave after the third song. 

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England Vs Germany - International Friendly 11 Nov 2017

16 November 17

Posted at 2:25

Frozen In Motion Sports Photography Agency gave me the opportunity to photograph England Vs Germany, International friendly at Wembley.

An amazing experience to be surrounded by so many sport photography professionals all trying to capture the shots that tell the story of the match and printed in the next day papers.

I was pleased to find out one of my images made front page of the sport supplement of The Guardian the following day after the match with the heading 'The Flying Pickford'

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World COPD Awareness Day 2017

16 November 17

Posted at 1:44

The condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is thought to affect around 11 million people and is the third biggest killer in America.

Raising awareness for World COPD 2017 I thought I would share a recent portrait of my mum who is a COPD sufferer and share some of her words.

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This woman is an inspiration to so many for various reasons. Full of life and loves her family to bits especially her three Grandchildren. She dotes on my 3 year old son Henry no matter how much pain she is going through. 

What is COPD. It stands for Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a type of obstructive lung disease characterised by long-term breathing problems and poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. COPD is a progressive disease, meaning it typically worsens over time. I have taken a few portraits of my mum during this time but felt this portrait details how her daily life looks like.

For most of the day oxygen passes through tubes to help her breathe. I asked my mum to tell me about her life since being diagnosed with COPD to go with this portrait and this is what she said.

Years ago a doctor saw her and said COPD would happen if she doesn't stop smoking but she thought it was jargon to get her to stop and even though she wanted to she couldn't do it and because she thought she couldn't she didn't. Many years on the doctor eventually told her she has COPD, an illness she describes not to wish on her worse enemy. The suffering is painful and not being able to breathe is very scary for her and brings a lot of anxiety. Always in and out of hospital with various breathing related illnesses. I remember being on holiday and she managed to gather the whole holiday village up one early Sunday morning to play sports. Today she is unable to do most things and has oxygen at home. She gave up smoking ten years ago and paying the price for it now. If at least one person gives up from reading this then I know my mum will be pleased. 

 

 

The Lemon Twigs - O2 Forum

16 November 17

Posted at 12:43

The Lemon Twigs from Long Island, New York arrived in London to play the O2 Forum. Fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario they are also joined by Megan Zeankowski on bass and Danny Ayala on Keyboards

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Barnet Vs Colchester United 11 November 2017

12 November 17

Posted at 10:31

With International friendlies and some important World Cup deciders their were no Premiership or Championship games this weekend but some very good games still available to shoot in League One and League Two. I decided to make the trip to The Hive Stadium for Barnet and Colchester United. Barnet were in need of three points and I thought the first half they played well and bossed the game. Unfortunately Colchester popped up with a late winner from Sammie Szmodics and Colchester went on to claim all three points. 

Love their little stadium. Nice family feel and a great place to photograph. Will definitely be back before the end of the season.

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Dartford Vs Swindon Town FA Cup 1st Round 5 Nov 2017

05 November 17

Posted at 11:59

Swindon Town made it look easy as they scored five against National League South side Dartford in the FA Cup first round win.

Timi Elsnik scored twice, Harry Smith's right-foot drive before half time and Amine Linganzi added a fourth before Paul Mullin scored a fifth goal.

Dartford scored a late goal through centre-back Richard Sho Silva.

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Fulham Vs Bristol City 31 October 2017

04 November 17

Posted at 7:36

Fulham were beaten 2-0 by Bristol City at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening with Aboubakar Kamara sent off in the second half but at this point the damage was already done and Bristol City controlling the game.

Bobby Reid opened the scoring inside half an hour with Korey Smith adding a second before the break. Comfortable winners for Bristol City moving them up to fourth in the table.

A tough night to shoot in very low light conditions and not much action where I was placed.

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