M4Photo Supporting a New Local Club

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A few weeks ago, I was approached by AFC Rushden and Diamonds with regards to a possible sponsorship deal. This local club is growing fast and it now needs some additional funds to invest in more equipment and to enable it to grow and bring football to young boys and girls from Rushden and the surrounding area.

Because I continue to run M4Photo as a not for profit entity, I don’t have profits to share in this manner.  However, supporting local clubs is ‘exactly’ what M4Photo is all about and I’m really pleased to begin supporting AFC Rusdhen and Diamonds.

My first photographic opportunity was to cover their Fun Day this weekend.  Held over at Bozeat, the event was within my catchment area and because the games would all be played in house – different age groups within the club playing each other, there was no concern about gaining permission from visiting clubs.

So early Saturday, I found myself parking up in Bozeat and making my way up to the playing field.  I thought that I would only be photographing one small group, but the club is a lot bigger than I had thought and the coaches are bring football to a very large number of local kids.

Very quickly I found myself checking my anticipated camera settings whilst the players warmed up.  This would be my first outing shooting football, so I knew that I’d be on another steep learning curve.  It’s not just the camera settings, but more about the action, how best to capture it and mostly how to anticipate it.  All in all, I think that I did OK, but a little more practice will result in better action shots, better timing and a little more use of depth of field to make the players really stand out.  For today, it was a case of playing safe.

Thankfully the weather held fine and I got to work capturing some images from an initial couple of games.  It was then over to the awards table to capture some of the many awards being given out to the kids.  There is some real talent in the club and many of the lads wore their medals and held their trophies with pride and huge smiles.

All in all I had a great morning with the players and coaches and I hope that I will have caught some good photographs for the players and parents.  As always, a percentage of every .jpg file and print sold will be donated to the club and, in some small way, I hope that the cash raised will help the club to grow and bring football to more and more of our local community.

So, for those of you who are associated with the club and interested in seeing the images, the gallery is now available from www.m4photo.co.uk.  As usual, there is a link from the Home Page and this will prompt you for a username and password which is available from Gary at the club – please don’t email or ask me for the login details because my Child Protection Policy does not permit me to share the details and I’m very strict on only giving the login details to club officials that I am authorized to give them to and who I have personally met.

Catch Up

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I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog and Facebook recently but this is not through sitting around.  Admittedly, things have been a little slow with local clubs recently and I’m running into the issue of cameras being banned from clubs more and more now.  It seems to be a modern hurdle to get over as more and more club owners take child protection and other threats more and more seriously.

Don;t get me wrong, this is a good thing and it’s one of the reasons why I set up M4Photo.  I agree with uncontrolled cameras and video being an issue.  People are all too ready to take images of everything and everyone and plaster them all over social media and this does have ramifications that people don’t care to think about.

So, for 2017 my goal will be to try to work closer with clubs to enable them to make some extra funds and for me to create some invaluable memories for their members and families.  It’ll be an uphill battle, but one that I believe is worth the fight.

In the meantime, I was really pleased to recently write a commission cheque from the sales of photographs from a recent ‘very successful’ photoshoot.  Better still I was pleased to hear that the £58.65 cheque will be finding it’s way to one of the amazing cancer charities.  It is great to know that, along with creating some amazing memories for people, M4Photo is now also able to help clubs with their charity fund raising.

For now though, I’m working on the challenge of getting some location photographs for a Lettings Agency website that I am working on and then I’ll be gearing up for the Eclipse Annual Show, which is becoming one of the highlights of my year.

If you are associated with a club in the East Northamptonshire and North Bedfordshire region and you would like to find out more about how M4Photo can work with you to create some memories and generate some extra funds, please email martyn@m4photo.co.uk.