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Enid Bakewell Veteran Cricketer in Sunday Times

Here is my portrait of Enid Bakewell, one of England’s most successful lady cricketers and still playing at 75 years old. Here, Enid is trying out her brand new bat in her back garden near Mansfield just after giving me a cup of tea and piece of ginger cake and just prior to dashing off to play bowls. Last week she was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sportswomen of the Year Awards. The picture was published yesterday in The Sunday Times, a sponsor of the awards.

 

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Louise & Adam’s Cambridge Wedding

Here are some pictures from Louise & Adam’s wedding at her family’s home near Cambridge. The stubborn rain eventually cleared so the pictures go from brollies to evening sunshine. Almost every wedding I have photographed this summer has had similar weather and I’ve lost count of the number of umbrellas I have left behind. A particular talking point was the flowers which were truly exceptional courtesy of Louise’s friend Kate at katealbandavies.com

 

Becci Ellis in Sunday Times

Here are some of my pictures of Becci Ellis as used front page and inside of today’s Sunday Times Driving section. Becci suffered relatively minor injuries after crashing her motorcycle at 254mph. Already the fastest woman on two wheels with her record breaking 264.1mph Becci was trying to go even faster on her specially designed (by husband Mick) turbocharged 650bhp Suzuki. It took quite a battering and Mick is now in the process of salvaging parts for a new machine as cracks have formed in the original chassis. Remarkably all of this is done by a small team of volunteers in a garage workshop in Gunness just outside Scunthorpe. Air ambulance paramedics cut her from otherwise lightly damaged leathers. Thanks to their Kevlar lining she escaped with just a broken ankle and some internal bleeding around the ribs. She has vowed to be back in the saddle as soon as she recovers.

 

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The remains of her bike and the Kevlar leathers cut head to toe by the paramedics, below.

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Sunday Times Editorial Photography

Here is fairly typical “case study” editorial photography for The Sunday Times shot in Yorkshire. This one was a story on first time buyers and the state of the housing market. This couple had managed to buy their first home where most fail. Often these jobs are shot at short notice with the hope of being the front page picture which means shooting the right shape for both printed and tablet editions. Of course the weather will do whatever it wants and the direction a building faces can also add difficulties. With this shot the challenge was too much light. When this bright even the most powerful of speedlite flashes struggle to fill in the harsh shadows of direct sunlight so some really powerful flash is required. This has a 600W studio head with large reflector positioned to the couple’s right and the sensitivity was fixed to my camera’s lowest setting; 50 IS0. As you can see, this one made the front.

 

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Red Arrows in The Times

Lincolnshire editorial photographer alert! I shoot editorial all over the country but here is one from just down the road. This is my picture of Red Arrows pilot Fl Lt Stew Campbell as used in The Times. My idea was to do a shot to announce the start of the new display season of the Reds and I started organising it back in December when I discovered Stew was a talented piper as well as pilot. He learnt the bagpipes growing up in Peebles where he also became fascinated by the fast jets that screamed over his classroom during sorties. During winter and spring the Red Arrows have undertaken a huge amount of practice at RAF Scampton and in Cyprus. The team are not allowed to wear their famous red flying suits until licensed for public display which I am pleased happened a few weeks before this picture was taken.

 

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