London 2 Paris 24hr Cycle 2016

It's been 12 months since I was involved in documenting this exciting cycling event and for some reason I've not written a blog post about it, so here it is now.

Starting at Greenwich the cyclists gathered to unpack bikes, register, prep and meet their new cycling mates that would be with them for the next 24 hours.

London to Paris
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris
London to Paris

A quick brief was carried out by Sophie Radcliffe, aka Challenge Sophie, who would be leading the group to Paris and then off they went very excited leaving London behind.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris

Unfortunately some didn't get far before the dreaded puncture!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

The support teams were very quick to help and get riders back in the saddle and on their way, time was counting down and a ferry wasn't going to wait!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

In the support car I got the chance to get a few tracking shots of Sophie as she sped through the countryside.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Regular pit stops were a great way for riders to get to know each other and have a good laugh, as well as getting the essential snacks.

London to Paris
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

These were a favourite amongst the riders and myself.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

And again a good time to sort out any issues with the bikes.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Riders were all smiles and in high spirits as they passed or as I passed them in the support car.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Check-in at the ferry, a quick 4-5hr crossing and a chance to rest the legs.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Even after hardly any sleep the riders were all smiles and laughter as they filed off the ferry onto French soil. Sophie gathered them around for a quick chat, checked routes, supplies and was ready for what was going to be an unexpected very cold early morning ride!

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

The French countryside looked beautiful as the sun came up giving the riders some lovely long roads.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Heroic gestures, silly faces and poking tongues out came as standard throughout the ride

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Breakfast was in a little french town that was still asleep when we arrived. The hot food and drinks went down a treat and was enjoyed in a small patch of sunlight that provided a bit of warmth from the early morning cold.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

And then back on the road...

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

As the sun got higher the temperature increased and turned into a glorious day for the riders and their cold hands.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

A quick pit stop, with a beautiful backdrop, allowed for a refuel, change into shorts, selfies and soak up some sun before hitting Paris.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Arriving in Paris and at the Eiffel Tower brought smiles, laughter, tears of joy and celebrations from the riders.

 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 London 2 Paris 24hr cycle sportive.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
London to Paris

Trying to get a group shot was tricky with lots of tourists wanting to be in the picture as well, but managed to get one.

To view more images from L2P as well as the rider portraits please go to -www.chriswinter.co.uk/london-2-paris-24hr-cycle

Poden Farms

I was commissioned last year by the lovely people at Poden Farms to create an image library of their beautiful horses and great staff at work for use in the UK and USA. 

On the day of the shoot we were blessed with beautiful sunny weather and a light breeze, this was handy as we did some aerial footage as well.

The staff at the farm were great and really up for a laugh during the shoot, the horses were the stars of the show though, very calm with flashes going off and drones flying around, it just shows how well they have been trained, yet getting a bit cheeky when the camera was pointed at them (see pic 5)!

Below are some of my favourites images from the day.

Poden Farms shoot.
Poden Farms shoot.
Poden Farms shoot.
Poden Farms shoot.

Yes that is a treadmill for a horse!

Poden Farms shoot.

Typical, when you want a horse to be serious.

Poden Farms shoot.

 

Here is a link to more images - www.chriswinter.co.uk/poden-farms

 

Shot with:

Canon 1Dx

Canon 5d mk3 

Canon 24-70mm f2.8L mk2

Canon 70-200mm f2.8L mk2

Profoto B1 lighting and modifiers

www.chriswinter.co.uk

Book Cover | Marathon Man | Simon & Schuster

It's always nice to see your pictures in print and event better to see them on a book cover.  The lovely people at publishers Simon & Schuster have done an amazing job for the cover of Rob Young's book 'Marathon Man' a truly inspirational man.

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To see more of my work click here.

BMA models | Mens fitness

A great afternoon in the studio with BMA models Jack and Karl, shooting some sports images.

You can see more of my sports and fitness work here – www.chriswinter.co.uk/menfitness

 Jack Sikora sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Jack Sikora sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Jack Sikora sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Jack Sikora sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Jack Sikora sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Karl Bowe sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Karl Bowe sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Karl Bowe sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Karl Bowe sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Karl Bowe sport shoot for BMA models

Photo credit : Chris Winter

More work can be seen at www.chriswinter.co.uk

Gina | Fitness

Great shoot with Bikini fitness competitor Gina Hunt. Check out her instagram - www.instagram.com/regina_hunt

You can see more of my sports and fitness work here - www.chriswinter.co.uk/fitness

 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Gina Hunt fitness shoot.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

More work can be seen at www.chriswinter.co.uk

Property Week | 40 Under 40

A great commission by the lovely people at Property Week to photograph the young entrepreneurs, disruptors and leaders of 2015.  

www.propertyweek.com/people/40-under-40

 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Property Week - 40 under 40.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

More work can be seen at www.chriswinter.co.uk

Fashion fitness

Fitness fashion while shooting with Sandra.

You can see more of my sports and fitness work here – www.chriswinter.co.uk/womenfitness

More work can be seen at www.chriswinter.co.uk

Wembley Park | The Color Run 2015

Before anyone says anything I know I have spelt 'Color' without a 'u' but it's originally an American event so it's spelt the American way.I love covering this event for Wembley Park, as the atmosphere is amazing and people love having their picture taken, some even demand it!

More images from this event can be seen here - www.chriswinter.co.uk/the-color-run

BMA models | Anna

A lovely afternoon in Kingston upon Thames with Anna from BMA models, shooting some lifestyle and sports images.

You can see more of my sports and fitness work here – www.chriswinter.co.uk/womenfitness

Daily Telegraph | Vitality Run Series

I was commissioned by The Daily Telegraph to cover the Vitality Run Series half marathons. To see a larger selection of pictures click here.

It started on a very very cold 6am February Sunday morning in Brighton. As the sun rose it made for a beautiful background for the Steve Ovett statue on the sea front.

During the Brighton event I met and photographed some amazing people and characters. I was continually amazed how people could run 13 miles, when most people were still in bed on an early Sunday morning, in some of the crazy outfits and costumes.

And they're off...

Next up was the Bath Half (that's apparently what you are meant to call it) with a slightly later start but with a chance of rain!

Part of my brief was to capture images of runners who were blogging about the event, showing their pre race routine, warm up and stretching. I have since learnt that most runners warm up before a half marathon by running!

Even Radio 1 DJ Greg James ran it with a giant boob strapped to his back for CoppaFeel.

Next up was North London with the inspirational @Mo_Farah warming up the crowd and starting the race.

The Reading half marathon ended up being a hot and sunny finishing line in the Madejski stadium, but that didn't stop two guys running it in a camel outfit!

Liverpool was a totally different experience, it rained and rained and rained!

Financial Times | House and Homes

I've been commissioned by The Financial Times over the last 6 months to photograph for House & Homes.

I love property and love to see inside people's houses and look at how they have styled their homes, combine this with shooting a few portraits and you have a great day.

The properties ranged from a lovely house in the Barbican, a millionaire art collectors mansion to a Tower of London residence.

 
Portraits of Evgeny Lebedev at his residence Stud House, Hampton Court, London.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Portraits of Gerard Grech shot at his home in North London.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Portraits of Stephan Shakespeare shot at his home in the Barbican, London.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Portraits of Lord Richard Dannatt, Constable of the Tower of London, in the lounge of the Queen's House.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

Marathon Man UK

Well what can I say about Rob Young, he is an amazing man who is attempting to run a marathon a day for a year while raising money and awareness for the NSPCC, Dreams Come True and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

I'm very lucky and humbled to have worked with Rob to produce some striking images for his Press and PR campaign.

You can donate and read more about Rob's epic challenge at www.marathonmanuk.com

 Marathon Man UK Rob Young.

Photographed in London on the 20th November 2014.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Marathon Man UK Rob Young.

Photographed in London on the 20th November 2014.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Marathon Man UK Rob Young.

Photographed in London on the 20th November 2014.

Photo credit : Chris Winter
 Marathon Man UK Rob Young.

Photographed in London on the 20th November 2014.

Photo credit : Chris Winter

RAC Club Magazine

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being asked by RAC Club Magazine to photograph three classic cars and their modern counterparts. The cars were Fiat 500, Porsche 911 and Land Rover, they were all beautiful cars and I was a very jealous photographer! You can read the full article and see more owners and their cars on the link here.

Jean-Christophe Novelli | Specsavers

  Here is the editorial I shot a couple of months ago for the spring/summer Specsavers hearing magazine.

Jean-Christophe was a lovely guy and very patient over the day, especially with numerous clothing and set up changes. It was a great day in a beautiful apartment, tasty food and awesome crew.

 

© Chris Winter 2014

© Chris Winter 2014

© Chris Winter 2014

© Chris Winter 2014