My day started with a sneaky shot of the FA Cup by the hotel pool – well, it has been in its box ever since we arrived so I thought it would be nice to get it out into the LA sunshine and let the locals have a look at it.
It went down well. However, one person did question if it had sun cream on ...
Then it was off with the boys to the training ground for this morning’s early training session and it was my first opportunity to snap our new boy Stefan Savic. He was put through his paces by the coaching team and joined in some set pieces with the other players. Nice lad.
After spending time with the players on the pitch, I was sent in to cover some hardcore gym work and there is no-one more hard core than the wonderful Mr De Jong, showing here his focus and determination with head physio Lee Nobes. I kept my distance, but got some great shots of all the boys doing what they do in the gym and unlike the guys at Muscle Beach, there’s not a bottle of baby lotion in sight.
After training and sorting out more pictures for the website it was time to nip off for a magazine photo-shoot in Santa Monica. Just a hop, skip and a jump in a cab later and I was wandering down the famous pier looking for some shots for the ManC mag to show some typical LA life. A bit busy, but well worth it.
There are some weird and wonderful sights in Santa Monica and everywhere I walked there were people with strange attire or even pampered pets like these two pooches taking in the afternoon sun in a pram! Hmm, wonder if I could fit my Labradoodle, Buzz, in one of them?
The shoot was going well and I’m looking forward to you all buying the next issue of ManC so you can have a good look at the pier for yourselves. It was very similar to Blackpool, though there are a couple of big differences - we don’t get sand like this in Blackpool nor do we get sunshine as hot as this. Mind you, the Santa Monica folk don’t have rock ...
Time to head back to the office in the hotel and crack on with some more work indoors, but just time for a quick look out to sea and what better final shot than the good old ‘Baywatch’ style photo No Pamela Andersons on the beach today, though, much to ManC editor David's disappointment!