Sports Photography.

Just a quick update,

I am now entering my final year at university and the goal remains the same overall. To become a sports photographer.

I have tried so hard to get into a photography shadowing position at a football club, I have actually emailed the entire football league, (all 92) clubs! only a handful replied. This was obviously not the way to get into shooting football for a living!

I applied to be the club photographer of a Derbyshire town club when they advertised the job, and with success they wanted me to fill the position. Unfortunately, they wanted me to cover the home and away games all season with not even helping out with my expenses. I’m sorry, but as a student did they really think I could afford the petrol to cover all them miles with no help?

Yes the job would have been very good for my development and getting to really know everyone in the club would have been a great experience and then there’s my portfolio that would have gone through the roof. it was just never going to be sustainable, I didn’t want to lie so I just said I can’t afford that.

After emailing a few sports photographic agencies that cover football, a couple of them seemed interested but then Covid-19 struck, needless to say they both dropped their interest.

Luckily, after emailing one more company it was agreed that they would let me have a shot at photographing for them. With only a 70-200mm f2.8 I thought id better let the boss know the situation and that in the future I would be acquiring some more equipment soon.

Anyway, that’s where I am now, in the final year of University while shooting professional football, albeit in the lower leagues, nevertheless I still feel very privileged and liberated. This is what I have been striving to do for a long time. I can really concentrate on my photographic practice now with quite a weight off my shoulders. The ideal environment to flourish.

Until next time…here’s a few pictures,

Rollin Menayese of Mansfield celebrates scoring the opening goal of the match during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Mansfield Town and Exeter City at the One Call Stadium, Mansfield.
Siriki Dembele of Peterborough celebrates scoring the second goal of the match with teammates during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Peterborough and Oxford United at London Road, Peterborough.
Callum Harriott of Colchester scoring the opening goal of the match during the Sky Bet League 2 match between Walsall and Colchester United at the Banks’ Stadium, Walsall.

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