Tuesday, 23 March 2010

FA Youth Cup Semi Final - Chelsea 4-0 Blackburn PHOTOS

Chelsea's Under 18's comfortably secured their place in the FA Youth Cup final for the second time in three years with last night's 4-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge following on from a 1-0 victory at Ewood Park a week ago.

My full gallery of pictures can be seen here; but first of all, scroll down for a few highlights from what turned out to be an exceptional performance from 1 to 11.

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Right from the start, Chelsea looked up for the battle. Kaby's attacking flair and defensive hard work typified the whole teams performance on the night.

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Captain Connor Clifford showed early determination before injury got the better of him and and saw him substituted.

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Marco Mitrovic begins his celebrations as he knocks the first goal home on the half hour

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Jacapo Sala was first to congratulate Mitrovic. Sala would be celebrating his own goal within four minutes of the opener.

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This looks like it's going to hurt!

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Milan Lalkovic, an early sub for Connor Clifford made the most of lots of good ball down the right wing.

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Gokhan Toure makes the game absolutely safe with the night's third goal...

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... turning sharply to make space in the box before striking past Swann in the Blackburn Goal.

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Celebrations at the final whistle amongst the ball boys as the stadium enjoys the team's success.

To see much more of last night's excellent performance, click here to view the full night's slideshow.

The most comprehensive report of the night's action is always on www.cfcnet.co.uk. Read last nights by clicking here. I'd also highly recommend following the report's author, Philip Rolfe on twitter for the best, most in-depth coverage of Chelsea at Youth and Reserve level that you could ever wish for.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

North London Corporate Photographer - House of Lords Reception

Catching up on old posts now and a chance to see a few shots I took when covering a reception & luncheon for a charity in the House of Lords. The charity is celebrating it's 50th anniversary and were invited into the Cholmondley (pronouced Chumley) Room for a luncheon to mark this occasion.

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Attendance was strictly limited and the official invites only part of a series of security steps necessary to get in

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Ahead of lunch, the atmosphere builds

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Viscount Tenby sticks to the soft drinks as he meets & greets

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Following lunch, he signs a commemorative card to mark the charity's half centenary

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Time to relax as the celebrations wind down

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A last few minutes and time to grab a quick group shot on the balcony

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Monday, 8 March 2010

North London Photographer: Tariq & Rebecca - Pre-Wedding shoot in St. James's Park.

This morning I spent a very pleasant couple of hours with Tariq and Rebecca who are getting married in May. Here's a few of the shots which immediately jumped out at me as being special.

Tariq is in the Household Cavalry, so a trip around St. James's Park seemed entirely appropriate with his barracks situated just across Birdcage Walk. As the morning progressed I was pleased to discover just how appropriate a choice it was.

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I love this first shot, not only for how comfortable Becky and Tariq are together but also as it shows both Horse Guards Parade, which is almost Tariq's second home and also the London Eye in the distance, where Mr Romantic proposed to his fiancée.

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We of course had to get a ring shot, and this lovely one was taken in the shade of Buckingham Palace

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The famous "Blue Bridge" was the location for this shot. Tariq and Becky are really very natural together and I loved how easily they ignored the many surrounding distractions to create a sense of intimacy between each other.

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We next moved to the tea rooms, where a stairway to the upper floor gave us a breather, some peace and the chance to create this lovely shot.

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Moving to the steps in front of the tea room, all I had to do here was to ask Tariq & Becky to stare deep into each other's eyes and wait for the magic to be created.

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I also took another opportunity to photograph the beautiful ring again - this image is toned so that you can't see precisely how cold it was this morning!

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With the departure of the guards imminent, we moved to the top of The Mall. Again this shot was taken as the two of them just relaxed together - suffice to say that a kiss followed very shortly!

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The guards duly arrived. Tariq was a little concerned at the ribbing that he would recieve should he be recognised by his collagues but being the professional he is he carried on manfully.

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Back to Horse Guards parade for this shot, as I again looked to create an image that showed some of their shared history.

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Finally as we walked back to the barracks I hovered behind the couple and enjoyed capturing some spontanenous moments of togetherness, like this.

This pre-wedding shoot is an example of something I offer to all of my wedding couples at no additional cost. Firstly, it's great fun and gives an opportunity to relax away from the stresses of wedding preparations and it's also a great way for the couple and I to get to know each other, and find out likes & dislikes so that we can create some memorable and relaxed images on the wedding day itself. Tariq and Rebecca will be able to choose their favourite image from today to have printed out for them to keep. Visit my website for more details of my wedding service and benefit from this level of care for your own wedding.