“I’d like to shoot behind the scenes for the Tour De France”, I said to the head of comms Dee Marshall for Welcome to Yorkshire. Her words were, “join the queue!”
Suffice to say I got the gig! So much to say about this shoot but in essence it was another major highlight of my career and probably the spring board for my successes to date.
At the route announcement in Paris in front of the worlds press I was told to join the others at the front of the arena and the rest was up to me. I call this experience a gladiatorial baptism of fire; I was the only woman amongst 100 other photographers all-trying to get the best shots, scrapping for position.
Access in photography is everything and a great example of this was a moment in time at the finish line on the Champs-Elysees, camera in hand, It was exhilarating and a dramatic experience capturing cyclists traveling at 70 miles an hour. An hour before I had shot the Women’s race in prime position in the middle if the Champs-Elysees, a prized position for photographers, hoping not to noticed. In fact I was noticed and after a conversation with an ASO marshal I managed to secure a white bib that allowed me to stay in prime position for the finish. The bib is framed on my wall at home.