Who Photographed the Royal Wedding?
And it was super fast
By Natalie T.
January 2, 2011
Did you know London photographer Hugo Burnand, photographed the royal wedding party Throne Room at Buckingham Palace? While the fact that he managed to do the shoot in 26 minutes may speak volumes at his photography prowess, how did Mr. Burnand actually get the gig? Burnand won his first photography competition at age 7 and has covered other high profile weddings such as the marriage of His Royal HIghness The Prince of Wales to The Duchess of Cornwall in 2005. I bet they gave him an excellent recommendation.
The shoot itself lasted just minutes although the planning had been going on for months. Not only was Sarah Burton, the designer of Kate's Alexander McQueen dress, on call to make last minute adjustments, but Kate herself was very involved in the planning process. The royal couple, Kate and William, were expected on the balcony a mere 44 minutes after the wedding ceremony. The day before, Burnand and his team of five assistants (including his mom, the photographer Ursy Burnand) staged a dress rehearsal with stand-ins and stopwatches. The perfect lightning was accomplished with a lot of artificial lights and the children were bribed with sweets.
The result looks anything but rushed. The poses and smiles are natural and spontaneous. And looking at Kate, William, the flower girls, and page boys, you can almost forget that their royalty, because they look so much like a normal happy family.