Jodie Henderson, Year 10 student and keen photographer, is spending a week with Swindon Link and is covering stories with freelance Swindon professional photographer Richard Wintle of Calyx.tv. This is her account of her first assignment.
My work experience began with a very early start of 5.45am. However, knowing that I was going to be photographing Charles and Camilla that same day made the start time seem less severe.
When we arrived in Salcombe, we were soon shown to the square where the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall would be meeting local residents. They handed me my press badge. It was at this point when it finally sunk in how important this event was. It looked like the whole of Salcombe had gathered to catch a glimpse of them walking past, clutching cameras and flags. It was such a big event for the residents and you could tell how proud everyone felt about royalty visiting their town.
There was a blur of activity as soon as they arrived because the professional photographers were all competing to get that perfect photograph. There were many school children, who began to sing when Camilla came to meet them. They all looked very excited, waving small British flags in the air. I tried to keep the video camera steady but at the same time follow the royals as they spoke to local paramedics and firefighters.
As soon as they left to get into their car, we were moving again to the next press stand. To make sure we got to the next point in time, the press officers quickly rushed us onto a boat and took us to the other side of the harbour. After the Prince and Duchess had visited local shops and had an ice cream, they separated and Charles climbed onto a boat to take a trip around the harbour.
We were then taken to a local crab fishery, at about 12.30pm. Charles walked past us and over to the fishermen; the sound of camera shutters buzzing as he went. "Sir, sir!", the photographers kept shouting, trying to get Charles to pose for the photograph. He held up the crab and grinned at the cameras, to many of the photographers’ delight.
The royal visit wasn’t like anything I was expecting. However hard they try to keep things organised, it was impossible to do so; which led to a very hectic day. It was strange being among all the professional photographers who were always thinking about the next photo they could take. I was very nervous and unsure what to expect from the royal visit but I was also very glad to have the opportunity to see Charles and Camilla and experience the daily life of a press photographer, even if I was very exhausted afterwards.
Image: Jodie Henderson