My time photographing at the JSCC Scholarships
Updated: Apr 24, 2021
Do you wonder how I photographed at the JSCC Scholarships? Yeah. Same here - Keep watching to find out about my time photographing at the JSCC Scholarships.
At half-past six, I began my day by doing push-ups and getting dressed. After that, I placed my camera kit into the car and finished my social media posts for the day. Sounds exciting!
After that, My Dad and I embarked on a journey to the Stafford Driving Centre for the JSCC Scholarships. We arrived at the Stafford Driving Centre and had a delicious sausage sandwich. Yup!
Then, I got to photographing the paddocks and the Chandler Motorsport enclosure. The Citroen Saxo Cup and Volkswagen Golf R32 caught my eyes.
What did we have next? Dave rounded us all up, and we had a briefing about the scholarship. From safety announcements to advice from the previous scholarship winners on how the day will go.
After Dave's announcement, Jonny and I went to the Media Room to talk to the marketing manager about what content they want from the scholarships. Jonny did portraits of drivers/mechanics, and I did shots of the cars.
I had a surprise. It was a frame of the JSCC Citroen Saxo at Oulton Park - The marketing manager enjoyed the picture and asked for leaflets from me. Excellent.
When photographing the Saxo's on the driving course, we met Liz, Who gave us great advice on networking within the car community and staged some shots with the race drivers.
The most nervewracking part of photographing at the event was I hadn't used my Nikon properly in months, and I had to get crisp shots of the Saxo's on track.
Around 11 O'Clock, Dave asked Jonny and I if we'd love to photograph the Citroen Saxo's at the opposite of the track. We got into Dave's Saxo Cup, and the acceleration of Dave's car felt phenomenal.
Meeting David (Damar Media Group)
I Came across David's vivid green Volkswagen Golf R32 in the car park. He said hello to us and asked Jonny if he can speak to him about boosting his magazine.
In the meantime, I photographed his Golf R32 and getting quality shots of his car. A couple of minutes after photographing awesome cars in the car park, I joined in Dave and Jonny's conversation.
We discussed finding highly-tuned Volkswagen Audi Group cars and French Performance motor for content in his magazine. Tasty! Or unique and exciting cars with an excellent story.
Scott asked and I for candid shots of the drivers and mechanics for their social media channel. What's the deadline? Asap - After 15 minutes of setting up the sony camera app, Jonny set the pictures to Scott.
In that time, I went up on a grass bank to get shots of the Saxo's around the hairpin. A couple of hours later, the JSCC Management had a great surprise for me.
I got a passenger ride in Steven Chandler's Golf R32. I couldn't resist. I got seated, and you could feel the grip and swiftness of the Golf R32 exiting the corners.
JSCC Scholarship announcement
You could feel the tension around the paddock and seating areas. Who's going to win? Meanwhile, I staged a photo shoot with a guy and his son's Amythist Porsche Cayman GTS.
Their time was cut short on track to give more focus on who would win the JSCC Scholarships. Jonny captured the tension of all of the drivers waiting to hear the results.
Dave congratulated the parents and children for attending the event. Jonny and I photographed the announcement. Then, Dave said, "the choice was tough, but Chloe Grant won the 2021 JSCC Scholarships".
After the announcement, we staged a photoshoot with the JSCC team, Deagen and her parents for the publicity shots. Scott wanted to thank us for being flexible at the event and wanted to see Jonny's i30N. Who wouldn't?
Jonny and I arrived at the JSCC Scholarships on Wednesday Morning and thought the event wasn't on. We needed to open the gate. I asked the marketing manager if I can photograph the car on the grass bank.
I waited for a minute, and they said yes, "be careful of the cars on the course - they're faster". I said, "ah, thank you".
I mainly got most of my panning shots of the cars on the track. I also was excited of seeing the return of Oliver Cottham's Citroen Saxo for its striking livery.
We also had more photo opportunities of photographing the Citroen Saxo's with the drivers on track. At one point, the marketing manager staged a pretend race of the cars to film the cars for promotion.
That meant I had the chance to photograph the cars on the track behind a photogenic scenery. A car photographer's dream.
The team's had their last chance of testing their cars before heading home, so I had limited time photographing the cars on track.
Jonny and I said goodbye to the staff at JSCC and discussed what pictures we're editing. Jonny will edit the people shots, and I'll edit the pictures of the Citroen Saxo's.
Thank you to Jade at JSCC for letting me photograph the Saxo's and drivers at the Scholarships. Over the weekend, I practised getting used to my Nikon D850 to get consistent pictures from the event.
My laptop also drained the battery at the event. So Jonny and I had to find an alternative fast. Next time we'll use a USB-C adapter, so our devices can read and send the pictures to the organisers fast.
I can't wait to see the new liveries and meet the drivers again in the JSCC future championships.
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