I stayed in a hotel in Windsor the night before, and got a call from a colleague at 5.50am saying photographers were already being allowed in. But I’d done a thorough recce a couple of days earlier and decided that, within the allocated shooting area, it was fairly irrelevant where any of us stood. There was plenty of space for us all to work, and we were all going to get pretty much the same viewpoint, so I wasn’t in a rush to get there; I think it was about 7.30am in the end, after going through a lot of security screening.
From the moment the first guests arrived, around 10am, it was pretty much non-stop. It was an unusual crowd – from rugby players to Amal and George Clooney – and they’re coming by the coachload, so you’re picking them out and photographing them as fast as you can. Then the royals started arriving after 11, and Meghan herself at around 11.50am. After the service, I realised I couldn’t get a decent position for the carriage shots, so I packed up and went to work on my RAW edits over in the Nikon Professional Services depot at a nearby hotel.
It was after seven when I finally got home, but you get used to early starts and long days in this business, so it wasn’t particularly out of the ordinary. I admit, though, that it was hard work carrying all my kit in the heat from the castle to the depot. Although it was technically only a few yards away, because of all the security I had to walk about a mile the long way round to get there.