Hi, my name is Jo. I happened to fall into sports photography by chance, through a photography group I was a member of back in 2013.
Local basketball team, King's Lynn Fury (now disbanded) needed some photos and they approached our club. I, along with my friend Arienne, jumped at the chance and we soon found ourselves the official club photographers for several years, attending all home games, and the away games when they made the playoffs. Our photos were in the local papers after every game, even the ones we didn't attend! I learnt an awful lot about the sport, made some great friends, and, more importantly, learnt even more about my camera. I won't lie, it was difficult photographing indoors and it took me a while to get the ideal set up, but it set me in good stead for capturing that perfect shot. Arienne, incidentally, decided her calling in photography was weddings, and she is now a very successful wedding photographer. Without her though, I wouldn't have got into sports photography so I'm truly grateful to have had that opportunity with her.
In 2014, I was asked to photograph our local speed skating team for a presentation evening they hosted. I came along and took photos and shortly after I joined the team to train with them. Being a social skater it wasn't a difficult decision, although I did find the transition to speed skating immensely difficult! As a member of the team, I defaulted to the job of club photographer and I take many photos of them during their race events around the UK. I realised how much effort, discipline, training and determination it takes to do this sport and succeed in it and I figured that they should have recognition for that. So I took pen to paper and wrote their race reports as well as took their photos and now the club is in the local newspapers regularly and are getting known worldwide!
I quickly realised a good team needs a decent website, and theirs was no longer being updated, so I set about designing a new one. I learnt a bit about html and css coding back in 2005 when I was in a band and did their website, although it was incredibly basic at the time. I expanded my knowledge greatly and learnt about bootstrap framing and responsive layouts, and have created not only this website, but also one for Wisbech Inline Speed Skaters. I'm very much learning as I go, but I've found it incredibly rewarding along the way.
I hold a DBS certificate and, as well as being an official photographer for the Federation of Inline Speed Skating, I'm also the photographer for our local roller hockey team, King's Lynn Rink Hockey. They are an incredibly successful team, winning leagues and championships every season. Photographing them takes me back to my basketball photography days and, before that, my roller hockey days, when I used to train at Skaters roller rink. All good fun.
Anyway, enough about me, please take a look round my website. I hope you find it interesting.