With Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in the spotlight this week it reminded me of a news photograph I took way back in 2009. He was visiting a new Tesco in Manchester, if I remember, to see its green credentials for himself. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, pops up this little girl with her mobile (pre smart phone) to snap a rather close up picture of him. Never one to shy away from the camera, he obliged, stopped and smiled. I’m sure he doesn’t recollect this photograph ever being taken or going to Tesco as it’s a very unusual thing for him to do.
I always found photography during Royal Visit to be a little hit and miss as you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes you’re penned in a corner or lucky enough to follow the Royal Visitor around with your cameras. Normally I use several cameras to cover a Royal visit as you never know what lenses you need and sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time. There’s a skill to anticipating where the VIP will move next and keeping ahead of them is key. There’s nothing worse than being behind them and taking shots of the back of their head! I’ve been fortunate in my 30 year career to have photographed many Royal Visits around Manchester, including Diana, the Queen, Queen Mother. More recently I photographed William and Harry when they visited a BBC DIY SOS project just outside Manchester city centre which resulted in some great media coverage for my client and some nice images for my own portfolio.