HRH Princess Royal comes to celebrate Denby's bicentenary

Well it’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride since I turned my back on engineering to live my dream of full time photographer.

I can honestly say yesterday was the scariest day in my working life. When Denby called to ask if I was available to photograph a visitor on September the 12th nothing prepared me for the question “can you come and photograph HRH the Princess Royal.

Of course I jumped at the chance, but not just because it was such a prestigious visitor and would be great marketing for my website. I’d worked for Denby before shooting James Martin’s cookery demonstration on Mother’s Day. They have a great management team and superb customer relations and I am always treated so well when I’m there. A company based on traditional British values is how I’d best describe them.

Of course such a visit had some restrictions and limitations which increased my nerves as I was keen to do a good job for Denby after they have put so much faith in me. As a photographer you have heightened awareness to people’s emotions and mood. The Princess Royal was clearly a true professional and put people at ease as she walked the factory floor and visited various different departments within the factory. What struck me most was how genuinely interested the Princess was in the displays and talking to staff, some of whom had served Denby for many years.

After I'd finally come down to earth, processed the photo's, got them back to Denby ASAP I enjoyed a good beer and reflected on a day to remember