Umesh & Elita


On a Sunday I had the privilege of photographing a lovely couple by the name of Umesh and Elita. Their day was absolutely spectacular, from the wonderful drive in through to the picturesque cricket ground. An incredible day as a whole, and such a joy to photograph.

I was always going to enjoy photographing this couple portrait, not only was it an old friend from our cricket time, but it was at the famous Lord Cricket Ground in London, plus Umesh and Elita were a great couple to photograph, both fun and up for it, which made my day a lot more comfortable.

Being a cricket fan the task I was given was always going to be met with enthusiasm and pace, the same sort our very own English batsmen probably met right here over the years by frothing at the mouth angry opening Australian bowlers!

It was great to have free reigns around the ground to take the photos when and where ever with the security guard on tow! Umesh Valjee, MBE, is an excellent cricketer, not that I’d ever tell him that, and we both used to talk non-stop cricket during our cricket playing days, so it felt fitting that we should both be walking around at Lord twenty years on.

The ground was where I was instructed I must get a photo of the couple, yes it felt good up there, stood where so many top International players have stood, and lets face it, it was as close I was going to get.

Hope you like the pictures, and I wish the very best of luck to Umesh and Elita for the future

Contax 645 & Canon EOS1n  Portra 160s & Fuji 400h



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