What does a wedding photographer do with a rare Saturday in May off? Go and shoot a wedding of course. Yep, no job of my own to shoot today but there was a little wedding going on in Windsor. The Royal Wedding? Harry and Meghan? Hasn’t been in the news much has it!
Street photography and photojournalism has a heavy influence on my wedding work. I have an every growing book collection on my shelves and have learnt so much from my trips abroad. But in recent years I’ve struggled to find time for my own street photography projects. This was the perfect opportunity to get back into it. Having a young family at home has limited my opportunities to get away so I’ve been particularly interested in shooting more street photography in this country, not just abroad on trips with The 8 Street. What could be more quintessentially British than a Royal Wedding? I just had to go and document this event from the public perspective.
With glorious weather forecast, big crowds were expected in Windsor. I was unsure whether I’d get to London Waterloo to find queues so big it wasn’t worth trying to get there on Saturday morning. People had been camping on the streets for weeks to secure prime spots on the procession route. Which, I might add, was seemingly not a problem to Windsor and Maidenhead Council even though they had tried to remove all homeless people from the town in the lead up to the wedding. But that’s the last time I’ll get political in this post, I was purely there to document what I saw.
When I got to Waterloo it actually looked like a normal Saturday. My train was busy but not absolutely packed. Maybe I would be ok. However, when I arrived in Windsor I discovered I wasn’t early enough to get to the procession route and had to make do with the big screens. The atmosphere was great there and once the wedding was over I did manage to get up to the castle. It was have been interesting to be closer to the action for the whole day but I was still happy with what I managed witness. Here are few of my favourite photos.