When I sat down to write something, I realised I’ve never actually written a blog before. I’ve written countless articles, interviews, and columns for work, but have never once written my own blog. I didn’t think it was something anyone would ever be interested in to be honest, but I thought building this new site it might be something I could use going forward. Instead of simply uploading my photos to individual galleries, maybe every now and again I could give some background into what I’ve been doing.

Sometimes with work you don’t always go to “events”, you’re not always at the big shows or the big races, coming home with hundreds if not thousands of photos to choose from. Sometimes you’re at a specific shoot, gathering just a dozen final images for a certain client or job. This is where I think I could use them, rather than use a gallery for a small collection of photos, post them here, but give some background into what I’ve been doing and try and tell a story about the work.

I tried to think of what to write about for the first one, and I thought where better to start than what I’ve actually been doing lately and what I’m doing right now. So, here goes…

This past few weeks have been spent almost exclusively with Rhys McKee, documenting his preparation for his upcoming fight at the historic Cage Warriors 100 card in Cardiff. Not only will this be Rhys’ first fight back from unfortunately losing his BAMMA Lightweight World title back in June of this year, but it will also be his first professional fight outside of the BAMMA organisation.

It’s been a busy few weeks for ‘Skeletor’, with most Mondays consisting of strength and conditioning in the morning, before striking training in the evening. Tuesday is normally spent instructing and training his own clients in his own gym, RMK Training in Kilrea. Wednesday is usually boxing training in the morning before Brazilian jiu-jitsu that evening. Thursday morning was more strength and conditioning with Arnaud dos Santon at ADS Training, with grappling training in the evening. Friday morning was spent conducting interviews and press, before sparring that evening with fellow Cage Warriors Lightweight, Joe McColgan, and former BAMMA Featherweight contender Decky Dalton. Saturday most weeks consists of further sparring at his main base in Next Generation IMMA in Ballymena. One week, in a change of plan, Rhys spent Saturday in the iconic Ulster Hall cornering his teammates at Clan Wars, where they scored an impressive two wins and a draw from three bouts, including a title win.

Here’s a few photos from the various shoots we did throughout the week…