Welcome to the June 2012 newsletter from Mediaphotos.
I usually e-mail a newsletter to all my clients on a six monthly basis but this time I thought I would also post it to my blog.
With 2012 being Jubilee year I thought I would take the opportunity to showcase a few of my own Royal pictures from my archive. The picture below is from 1999 and shows The Queen with the now deceased Former First Minister for Scotland, Donald Dewar at the State Opening of The new Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. A few more photographs from that historic event together with a small selection of other Royal images can be viewed at: Royal Selection
I’ve had the pleasure of photographing The Royal family on many occasions since I first started working as a press photographer back in 1975 and have many fond recollections. Including the time photographing Prince Charles at an OAP day centre in Cwmcarn when I decided I would try to get ahead of the Royal party by jumping across a small flower bed. Unfortunately a Royal minder decided I shouldn’t and grabbed my arm just as I jumped, ensuring that I landed right in the middle of the flower bed as Prince Charles passed by.
I also remember waiting for some time at Glamorgan Cricket Club for Prince Charles and Princess Diana to arrive. I was waiting patiently to get my picture of The Princess but as they approached Prince Charles decided to pass the time of day with me. I had a choice, ignore him and take the pictures of Diana or respond and miss the picture I really wanted. I’m pleased to say I chose the latter and managed to get a picture of Diana later in the day, although my picture editor wasn’t amused as by then I’d missed the deadline for the City Final edition.
Managing to place my car into the Royal convoy during a whistle stop tour of West Wales villages also brings a smile to my face. The tight timetable meant it was impossible to be at each location without following the convoy and somehow I managed to get into the convoy which was being lead at some speed around the closed off rural roads by police traffic cars. It took some time before the police realised they had an interloper but by that time we had managed to get the pictures and were on our way back to a wire machine to get the pictures back to London. Yes this was in a time before computers, 3g and wifi. Black and white film needed to be processed, a 10×8 print produced and captioned using a typewriter and a union wireman called to send the image from a drum scanner along a pre booked high quality telephone line to the picture desk in London.
Since my last newsletter in January I’ve been busy working for many clients both old and new.
Even a general strike in Spain couldn’t put off the launch of a new air service between Cardiff Airport and Spain. Spanish airline Vueling launched their service to Barcelona with a press conference at The Wales Millennium Centre and a reception at The Senedd in Cardiff Bay and their innaugural flight from Cardiff was marked with a tapas party for travellers at The Airport.
Ford Bridgend Engine Plant’s Saturday club was another focus of attention for me. In association with training provider Control2K the club provides training on a Saturday morning for youngsters from schools around South Wales interested in a career in engineering. The photography would feature the club in an upcoming edition of Ford News and would be supplemented by a follow up session at the clubs awards ceremony in April. It was great to see the enthusiasm and interest shown by these youngsters.
A rainy day spent in a huge hole in the ground in The Vale of Glamorgan produced a set of images recording the quarrying process for Lafarge UK Ltd.
Photographing Ruby Wax at a recent M4 Business Network breakfast at The Celtic Manor provided some early morning entertainment. Nothing like a good laugh to start the day.
Other highlights include a charity awards presentation at Atlantic College, an accountancy skills competition, a tour of South and West Wales to photograph the shop fronts for a major retail chain, some product photography for e-commerce business The Glam Camping Company, corporate portaits for a major South Wales based law firm, election night coverage, productions stills of La Traviata for The Welsh National Opera and a pr shoot for British Gas.
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Did you know that I also offer a family portraiture service? Photography in your home or a location of your choice can be a far more relaxed experience than posing in an unfamiliar studio, resulting in pictures that show the true character of the sitter rather than just a record of their appearance.