Photography definitely open doors you normally wouldn’t dream of. In the last year or two I’ve had the privilege of meeting several members of the Royal family. The most recent encounter being inside Buckingham Palace. First out was HRH Princess Alexandra. I was commissioned to photograph her unveiling a plaque at the British Home. She is the patron of the hospital, who cares for people with severe disabilities.
Shortly after I was commissioned to photograph TRH The Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall; Charles and Camilla on a guided tour of Brixton Market. It was quite a challenge fighting another 15 or so press photographers for the best angles while walking backwards. I wasn’t just the only female photographer, I must have been the only one not used to these big scrums of press photographers. It was survival of the fittest! And my status as ‘official host photographer’ didn’t seem to make any difference at all. I still managed to get some great shots, and my favourite photo must be the one where Prince Charles points directly at me (or whatever he happened to see right behind me). To my surprise I ended up in another photographer’s line of fire, and you can spot me in the background of the photo that was published in the Evening Standard.
During the Royal Wedding in April I was commissioned to photograph the celebrations for a newspaper. Getting around on the day of the Royal Wedding was Mission Impossible. The whole area around the Mall was closed off after 8am and the guard wasn’t going to budge. Thankfully I had an invitation and after a quick call I was inside. My task was to photograph the general public so I only caught a quick glimpse of Prince William and Katherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, on their way to Westminster Abbey. Still, it was fantastic to experience the day, the crowds and the atmosphere.
To round up my Royal Hat-trick, I had the pleasure of photographing Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace for IOM3 last month. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh presented the Institute’s Prince Philip Award to Biocompatibles UK Ltd for Polymers in the Service of Mankind. Prince Philip impressed with his interest in the award winners and their work. At 90 years old, he is definitely still going strong!
It would be great fun to meet the rest of the Royal family, but whether I’ll ever get the chance again – who knows!
If you would like to book me to photograph an event – with or without Royalties – send me an e-mail or give me a call on 0207 386 7078.
Photography: Marte Lundby Rekaa, www.mlrphoto.co.uk
Photo of in the Evening Standard: Unknown Photographer
Photo of Marte on the phone: Silje Glefjell, www.glefjell.com
Tearsheets: Evening Standard, Lambeth Life and Aftenposten