England's Lionesses for Nike

Asking athletes who train for living to train for the camera can sometimes be difficult and not all of them want to play ball.

These ladies however were all in good spirits having just been chosen for the England squad so we had a jolly ol' day producing a lovely set of images for Nike.

Izzy Christiansen of Manchester City

Izzy Christiansen of Manchester City

Karen Carney of Chelsea

Karen Carney of Chelsea

Fran Kirby of Chelsea

Fran Kirby of Chelsea

Lucy Bronze of Manchester City

Lucy Bronze of Manchester City

Toni Duggan of Manchester City

Toni Duggan of Manchester City

Steph Houghton MBE of Manchester City

Steph Houghton MBE of Manchester City

Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal

Jordan Nobbs of Arsenal

Jill Scott of Manchester City

Jill Scott of Manchester City

Ellen White of Birmingham

Ellen White of Birmingham

WR250 for Nike

I've heard people criticising Wayne Rooney but gladly there are more praising him for reaching the 250 goal mark for Manchester United. 

Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day how he thought Wayne would play with the same intensity and drive even if he was being paid £50 per game and that's exactly what I like about him.

A premier League footballer earns a lot. We all know that. But he just wants to play football. Which is handy because he's bloody good at it. So thanks to everyone at Nike for asking me to help with the release of their new boot and to celebrate this amazing milestone. Thanks also to the team who helped with the production and turnaround on this campaign - Dan Rowley, Dave Thompson, Tom Shaw and Mark Robinson.  

Wendy-Ball

As a couple of my very good (rugby supporting) friends refer to football as Wendy-Ball I'm writing this post in their honour. I make no secret that over the past few years I've fallen out of love with football. Not just in the photography industry but as a whole and my reasons were perfectly summed up when I was listening to the annoyance of a caller to BBC Radio 5 Live who didn't like the fact that the Manchester derby was all about the managers instead of the teams. He said he'd go to the theatre if he wanted to see 'that sort of thing'.

Unfortunately for him theatre is exactly what football has become. The hype, build up and (brilliant) montages which are designed to sell each match thrive on the drama football creates. You only have to look at the face on the referee after he's shown a multi millionaire teenager a yellow card to see they love playing the villain.

Therefore my selected images for this post aim to show more than just two men who don't get on and the moment they might shake hands. 

Busy Start to 2016

I usually look forward to January as for the past 3 years it's been a bit of a rest month as most companies tighten their budgets and leave the poor ol freelancers scratching around. But I'll have to wait for my rest as the diary has been full since Christmas and doesn't look like slowing up as we fly in to February!

The year started well when Playstation announced they were launching their "Every Gamers Adventure" campaign and yet again I got to stand this close to the greatest trophy on Earth, The Emirates FA Cup.

Nike ran a Women's Week all over London in some amazing venues including Barry's Bootcamp where I did all I could to convince their master trainers that I was just too busy snapping to take part.......then I went to Costa coffee and had some cake.

I was commissioned by Bidvest 3663 to cover their annual awards ceremony and don't they all look very professional? Luckily for them, the images of the after show party with Scott Mills are safely hidden behind a password in my client area!

I've spent many night's in the Ministry of Sound but never quite like this where the girls were calming down at the end of the day with smooth house beats and a yoga class. Plus, being as I was working for Nike they couldn't tell me to bog off like in the old days!

My weekends were once again filled up covering editorial football for The Press Association

Heung Min Son was genuinely pleased to have beaten Tottenham Hotspur teammate Tom Carroll in a smoothie making competition during a project to promote healthy living in the Haringey area. Imagine how happy he would be if they ever actually won a trophy!? (sorry, couldn't help myself)

Nike's Women's Week ended at The Royal Horticulture Halls in Pimlico and many athletes attended including Perri Shakes-Drayton shown here encouraging a participant with Master Trainer Faisal