7 well dressed photographers attack royal wedding on bikes

Hugo Burnand and his team of wedding photographers

Hugo Burnand and his team of wedding photographers as they bike to Prince William and Kate Middleton's Wedding (Photo by Matt Writtle. See more of Matt's photography at http://www.mattwrittle.com)

If you thought the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton was a media circus; the photographer asked to cover it for the “royals” contributed to that image.

On the morning of April 29, 2011, London-based photographer Hugo Burnand and his well-trained team of seven assistants (all on bicycles) rode through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace. They zigzagged through thousands of people who had gathered to witness Prince William marry Kate Middleton. “Cycling over was exhilarating,” Burnand recalled.

Days earlier, Burnand and his team created the couple’s official wedding portraits in the Throne Room in Buckingham Palace. “We had backup equipment for our backups,” he said. Even though he had experience photographing the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the pressure was intense.

On the day of the wedding, Burnand had exactly 28 minutes to photograph the bridal couple before they made their balcony appearance. He claims he wasn’t stressed. “I was very well prepared,” he said, thanks to following the military adage of the seven P's – “Proper planning and preparation prevents piss-poor performance.”

It took 32 hours to prepare for the 28 minute shoot. “We rehearsed everything, including what to do if things didn’t go according to plan. I said my prayers before hand and every single prayer was answered.”

Photographer Hugo Burnand's favorite wedding photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton surrounded by the children.

Photographer Hugo Burnand's favorite wedding photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton surrounded by the children. (Photo: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House)

One of Burnand's favorite photos is of Prince William and Kate surrounded by the children. “Every individual in that picture shows their real character. I knew what I wanted so there was photographic direction, but you can’t direct that kind of spontaneity and naturalness,” stated Burnard.

For couples wishing to get the best professional photos that they'll truly cherish – consider hiring a professional who has received extensive training in wedding photography. Look at their portfolio and ask for references (and check those references.) A great resource of professional photographers is the Professional Photographers of America. Find a photographer in your area here.

So what unusual photography moment do you remember about your wedding? Please share it here with a comment.

Get a GREAT Freebie at Falls Day in the Park this Sunday

FREE uniquely shaped, limited edition post card of the waterfall at Olmsted Falls. Read the article to see how you can get one!

FREE uniquely shaped, limited edition post card of the waterfall at Olmsted Falls. Read the article to see how you can get one!

Do you like free food, rock music and give aways? Then get ready for a fun afternoon at Falls Day in the Park this Sunday – Oct. 2nd – from 1 – 4 p.m. at East River Park on Lewis Road in Olmsted Falls.

There will be free hot dogs, chili, brats, donuts, apple cider and more from local civic groups and businesses. A rock band will provide free entertainment while you enjoy local arts and crafts vendors and more.  It’s a great time to reconnect with old friends from the Olmsted area.

SpectraLight Photography will be showing off and selling “Picturesque Olmsted Falls – Gazebos, Waterfalls, a Covered Bridge and More – Oh My!” Believed to be the first book of it’s kind in Northeast Ohio, it contains nearly 50 photographs that look similar to paintings created with watercolor, oils, canvas and other “Old Masters” techniques.

To launch the book, we are giving away a uniquely shaped, limited edition post card of the scene chosen for the book cover. A sample of the card is shown above. If you can’t make it to Falls Day in the Park, you can get a free post card by sending a self-addressed, long (business size) envelope to: Free Olmsted Falls Post Card, c/o SpectraLight Photography, 8367 Burlington Drive, North Ridgeville, OH, 44039.

Up all night – 3,604 cups of coffee – voila – the Mona Lisa!

Mona Lisa replica created with 3604 cups of coffee was 20 feet high by 13 feet wide.

Mona Lisa replica created with 3604 cups of coffee was 20 feet high by 13 feet wide.

Although its doubtful that Leonardo Da Vinci consumed 3,604 cups of coffee while painting the Mona Lisa; it took a team of eight people about three hours to recreate it with that many cups at the The Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia in 2009. The different shades were created by adding milk in varying amounts with some receiving none, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee.

The different shades of the Mona Lisa were created by adding milk in varying amounts with some receiving none, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee.

The different shades of the Mona Lisa were created by adding milk in varying amounts with some receiving none, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee.

The “mural” was seen by 130,000 people who attended the one-day coffee-lovers event. “We wanted to create an element of surprise and a sense of fun in the way we engaged with the public,” said Elaine Kelly – one of the event organizers.

“Once we had the idea of creating an image out of coffee cups we searched for something iconic to reproduce – and opted for the most iconic painting in history,” stated Kelly. “The Mona Lisa has been reproduced so many times in so many different mediums but, as far as we know, never out of coffee. The result was fantastic.”

Have you ever created something out of materials that wouldn't normally be used for that item? Please share your experience with a comment here.