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Posted on: 13/05/2021

Two Christ's College Students Become Royal Photographers For The Day!

On Wednesday 5th May, Christ's College had a visit from the Earl of Wessex accompanied by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Michael More-Molyneux.  The visit was to reflect on the opening in 2009 of Christ's College and Pond Meadow Schools by The Duke of Edinburgh and share stories of his visit, and how the DofE programme has evolved.   It was a wonderful occasion and as you can imagine there was quite a lot to organise for such a visit, including ensuring photographs are taken on the day.   

The Lord-Lieutenant photographer Andy Newbold took the official photos for the occasion which were shared across the media and featured on Twitter @RoyalFamily and @DofE, but he was joined by two of our Year 11 GCSE photography students Daya Hopkins and Phoebe Veness who shadowed Andy and got some top tips from him, including explaining what equipment he used.  

Daya commented "Andy gave us tips on how to take photos in different lighting conditions as we followed HRH around the school, and to consider different angles, for instance taking a photograph from the ground to give the photo a wider length"

Phoebe said "Andy gave us lots of advice about using certain camera settings, such as using Aperture Priority Mode instead of Manual, because there is not a lot of time to change camera settings when photographing a moving subject. He also spoke a lot about letting the camera do the work and finding interesting angles to photograph from."

Both students enjoyed watching a professional at work and learnt a great deal about how to photograph a moving subject and take photos in a way that didn't interfere with the visitors as well as capturing key moments quickly, which is important when doing event photography.

Daya and Phoebe both got a mentions from Andy on his Facebook page

"Great to exclusively cover this visit today - Christ’s College is a shining example of a modern-day school and a big thank you to my two apprentices for the day who got the chance to be Royal Photographers for a day!!"   and Andy also commented 

 “A big well done to Daya and Phoebe who very ably assisted me whilst covering the Royal visit by HRH the Earl of Wessex. It reminded me of my first ever Royal shoot aged 18 with his sister HRH the Princess Royal at Alton Towers in Staffordshire whilst working for a local newspaper back in 1988 - my first photography job.  I had little idea what I was doing camera wise then unlike my two assistants here who were very capable and professional.  I was so pleased to be able to help them with this great opportunity to photograph such a senior member of the Royal Family - they did a great job!!”

At the end of the visit The Earl of Wessex stopped to chat to both girls.  He asked them about what they liked about their GCSE Photography course and how they were doing, and they also spoke about how photographing moving subjects is often a lot harder than capturing still-life.  He congratulated them both on their work with Andy.

Phoebe is planning on taking A level Photography at college and said  "I hope that whatever career I end up following, will involve some type of photography! " and Daya who was inspired by the whole experience and is considering a career in photography, will be going to Woking College to study A level Photography, she already has some of her photographs exhibited there as part of her brothers A level Art project. Daya said she "loves how looking through a camera lens helps you to see the world in a different way and how it might lead to lots of interesting adventures!  "

We wish them both the best of luck with their photography, and they certainly have something to add to their CV in the future!


Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey

HM The Queen appoints a Lord-Lieutenant to be her personal representative in each county of the UK.  You can find our more about the office of the Lord-Lieutenant in Surrey here


Andy Newbold Photography




Christ's College GCSE Photography Course 

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