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

Churchill | Lollipoppers | WCRS

A great campaign to work on, 'Ohhh Yeessss' (sorry for the pun) for Churchill, Frank PR and WCRS London. I spent the day shooting the campaign stills, with Robert Webb and Churchill the Dog, and behind the scenes while the filming took place. To see all the images click here.

 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.
 Churchill 'Lollipopper' shoot.

 

Agency: WCRS

PR: Frank

Photographer: Chris Winter

Photography assistant: Ben Hughes

To see more of my work click here.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Mini Moves | Specsavers

  Here are the Mini Moves, Got to Dance finalists 2013, shot for Specsavers at the Royal Opera House ahead of their performance at the Spectacle Wearer of the Year event.

These girls were fantastic to work with, full of energy and up for jumping around which made for some great images.

 

© Chris Winter 2014

 

National Portrait Gallery | Sir Ranulph Fiennes

   

© Chris Winter 2013

 

I have posted an edit of this image on my blog before but this is the final edit.

I am pleased to announce Sir Ranulph's portrait has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, London, for their collection.

 

 

Charlie Mullins | Pimlico Plumber

Charlie Mullins founder of Pimlico Plumbers. Charlie Mullins founder of Pimlico Plumbers.

 

My blog posting has been very quite due to a heavy workload but I've decided to start 2013 with the cover shot and part of the article on Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, for Sage Solutions business magazine.

Charlie was a lovely guy and while we got ready for the cover shot he stood chatting with  a cuppa, it made for a great shot!

The article layout gives a behind the scenes look at my lighting set up for this shoot. As you can see power is always an issue when shooting on location and I use a lot of Elinchrom Ranger and Quadra gear with various modifiers.

 

 

Sir Ranulph Fiennes | The Coldest Journey

On 6th December, a team of explorers led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes will set off from London on the world's first ever attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter.

The 2000-mile journey has for many years been considered too perilous to try and the group will have to overcome one of earth's most hostile environments if they are to succeed, exposing themselves to temperatures as low as -80c and operating in near permanent darkness.

A winter traverse of the Antarctic is widely regarded as the last true remaining polar challenge and the expedition's success will reassert Britain's status as the world's greatest nation of explorers.

A fund-raising initiative will run side-by-side with the expedition with the aim of raising $10m for Seeing is Believing to help fight blindness around the world.

Having never been attempted, the expedition will also provide unique and invaluable scientific research that will help climatologists, as well as forming the basis for an education programme that will reach up to 100,000 schools across the Commonwealth.

To find out more go to www.thecoldestjourney.org

Model | Thai Smith

I shot model Thai Smith @IMM some time ago and have just got around to editing the pictures, yes I know that's really bad, luckily Thai is a good friend and understands how hectic I have been at work. You can follow Thai on twitter @thaismith

Thai Smith

Thai Smith