• Ian Skelton motorsport photographer covering FIA WRC, Rallying, Masters Historic Racing, BTCC, Go Karting & Rallycross motorsport photography - profile image

I’m a Freelance Motorsport Photographer…

…based in Surrey (Middlesex in old money) & close to London. I have covered events at locations around the UK & Europe.

My Motorsport Photography is all about capturing the mixture of fast moving action but also the emotions around that action. In fact I apply it to all my sports photography. I read somewhere that there are 3 main images to get when shooting golf. The backswing, The follow through & The player’s reaction. – There it is again, Action & Emotion!

What drives me…

Ever since I was young, I have always loved photos & photography. How many times have you found yourself looking at a stunning image saying, “I wish I’d taken that…” Well, the ‘Shutter Bug’ bit me & I strive every day to be the person that took ‘that’ photo!!

I grew up in a rallying family. Standing in a freezing cold Radnor Forest on the Lombard RAC Rally (Showing my age a bit there!!) Huddled into my Mum’s coat waiting for the spotlights of Car 1 to blast into view. When I was old enough I navigated for my Dad in a flying machine of a V8 Rover SD1. Then I moved across to the driver’s seat, firstly in a Ford Escort Mk1, followed by 2 seasons in Skoda Trophy Championship. Culminating in bringing home a very battered Skoda Favorit after 4 days on the 1994 Network Q RAC Rally. A young family took what rally budget I had, but I kept in the sport in other ways. I helped run various rally cars for my brother Nick Skelton, the really quick one of the family (…but don’t tell him I said so!!)

Now as a motorsport photographer, I feel this has given me an insight in to what is going through the Driver’s head. The concentration in his eyes searching out the line through the bend. The Service crew desperately trying to rebuild the car when the driver didn’t quite pick the right one!! …. and the ‘Trying Marks’ where he just couldn’t go any faster! Laughter as the crew relive just getting away with it … Action & Emotion!

On & Off the track…

We all love to see exciting motorsport photography. Cars being driven at their absolute limits be it on the smooth tarmac of Silverstone race track. Or sideways fighting for grip on a forest track on the Wales Rally GB. Obviously capturing these images is a major part of my job as a motorsport photographer. I like to search out those powerful images that happen off off track too. The face of a young fan in the paddock sat in his hero’s car, a memory he’ll never forget. Spectators marching along a muddy stage or mechanics taking break in the Service Area.  All important elements to the story in motorsport photography.

Equipment & Insurance…

I use only high end professional Nikon FX camera bodies & lenses. FIA/WEC approved fireproofs for Pit Lane access. I have public liability to £5 million & professional indemnity insurance. Currently I hold DVA Security Clearance to SC1 level. (Much higher than standard CRB checks)

To find out more…

The action & emotion captured in my motorsport photography produce stunning photos that I hope tell a story. Powerful images, perfect for team owners & sponsor’s marketing. Eye catching driver portraits to support a magazine editorial. Be it The WRC, a single venue airfield rally, BTCC, Classic Car or Historic F1 Racing, Track days on 2 or 4 wheels. We working closely together to deliver the images you need. If like my style of motorsport photography & would like fantastic images of yourself, or your team, shooting the action, the story & the people that make it special.

Let’s have a chat on email, over the phone, Skype, FaceTime or meet up for a coffee, whatever is easier for you. Together we can work out what you need & how we can achieve great results.