Rider : Sam Morris - Ryan Cowan - Photographer

Rider: Samuel Morris

Sam Morris is a father and a talented with an obvious love for speed, catching air from any lump of dirt large enough to launch himself from.

We had great fun creating some images together in the down-hillerBadbury hill-side forestry.


This is was a fairly easy shoot to carry out. The talent was proficiently skilled and fit for the repeated runs he was required to perform.

One thing to keep in mind is that when I do a photoshoot for sports and action, I don´t like to pose people in stationary positions. I like to see both their muscles and their minds engaged in the activity. It has to look like action! That said, these guys need to be fit and skilled enough to perform confidently. There are no camera tricks here.

They also need time to catch their breath in between shots.

The last thing you want is to put your talent under pressure to keep performing, opening them up to mistakes or accidents because they´re tired.

What I hadn´t considered was my own physical exertion!

I´m a pretty active and fit person, but lugging even one lighting stand, camera and backpack across a hillside, up and down for a few hours to get from one location to another was something I failed to prepare for. It wasn´t deadly, but I was desperate for my car seat and a bottle of water when I got back to the car.

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