The Oirish!

Sunshine burst through the curtains for the first time in what felt like forever the next morning. Today’s match in Bordeaux saw the Republic of Ireland take on Belgium. The decision had been made prior to the tournament for me to photograph the Irish fans today, rather the match itself – that responsibility lay with…

The Fans

It might (will) sound like an old cliche dredged up by the most loyal of supporters who travel far and wide to watch their team play, but the truth of the matter is that football wouldn’t be what it is without the fans. In a week when the cost of watching live football is under…

New Year, New Website!

It’s been what feels like forever in the making, but finally I’ve got a new website up and running, and I’m really rather chuffed with it. The friendly folk at Pixelrights have helped me create a site I can customise, manage and update with ease, and one which I’m happy to look at on a daily basis….

Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2014

“And the winner is…Simon Stacpoole.” Six magic words from the host, Kate Silverton, that summed up the best possible start to 2015 I could’ve hoped for. My first major sports photography award  – the BT Sports Photographer of the Year – was presented to me during a ceremony at the Honourable Artillery Company Headquarters in…

Dubrovnik

I recently travelled to Dubrovnik, the city located on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, on the Adriatic Sea. Despite it’s growing popularity, the city itself remains largely unspoilt, in terms of mass commercialisation anyway, and thus provides an incredible setting for photographs. After the damage it suffered during the Serbian-Montenegrin war in the early 1990s, the town was very…

I Took That

On Wednesday last week, the day after Real Madrid’s victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, I made my way down to the Focus On Imaging trade show in Birmingham with a couple of colleagues, primarily to visit a handful of companies I’m considering using for my wedding photography products. Whilst I was there I received…

Snow Dog!

Rarely does the weather do what we’ve been told it’s going to do, but on Friday it did just that. Snow, and lots of it. To be honest, by the end of the day, when I got the chance to head out myself, I was sick of the sight of peoples’ pictures splashed all over the…

Masterchef: The Professionals

A while ago, I posted a quick piece about TV production company who had contacted me asking to use a couple of my pictures for a BBC factual series. We came to an arrangement and I allowed them to use the pictures…that was back in early October. I found out recently that the ‘factual series’ that…

Canon EOS 1DX

On Tuesday evening, I received an email telling me that the new camera I was waiting for was finally ready. I travelled down to London on Wednesday morning to meet Mark from Offside at Calumet in Drummond Street, just around the corner from London Euston station…not more than 300yds from where I stepped off my delayed…

Recent Work

After a summer of happiness, colour, joy and determination covering the London 2012 Olympics, it’s now back to reality. Not that reality is a bad thing at all, but that fortnight in the capital photographing the greatest show on Earth will prove to be a tough act to follow. The football season is well under way,…

BACK ON THE BLOG!

Having neglected my blogging duties since the summer of 2010, I’ve now decided to get back into it again, more than two years after my last post. Do check back regularly from now on, as I’ll be updating as often as possible with new posts, photos and stories. Watch this space! And if you wish,…

Saturday 10th July

I was up and out the door by 9.15am, safe in the knowledge that somewhere (most likely, the Mugg & Bean cafe or Keg & Countryman pub) would be showing the opening match of the Tri-Nations rugby tournament between New Zealand and South Africa, which was being held in Auckland. Leechie, Simon and myself had…