Friday, April 29, 2011

The Royal Wedding Photographer

Who will be the Royal Wedding Photographer?  It was announced in April that Hugo Burnand, also the photographer for Charles and Camilla will be the official wedding photographer for William and Catherine.

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The Following is a direct copy from Hugo Burnand’s Blog Site:

“Why do I take photographs? More than the spontaneous image or the thoughtful portrait, it is the unpredictable pleasure of photography that glues me to my camera” (Hugo Burnand).

Hugo Burnand was born on 24th Sept 1963, in Cannes, France.

He first learnt about developing pictures and printing photographs on the kitchen table at home with his mother, the photographer Ursy Burnand. With all the windows shuttered, and the dark room assembled among the pots, kitchen sink and saucepans, they developed her photographs together. With his mother beside him, Hugo’s lifelong passion for photography was born.

Education –

1971 – 1976 Hugo Burnand attended Cheam Preparatory School in Berkshire. (Alumni include HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Charles).

Hugo then went on to Harrow School 1977 – 1981. (Alumni include William Fox Talbot the inventor and pioneer of photography, and the iconic society photographers Cecil Beaton, Patrick Lichfield and Geoffrey Shakerley).

Career Milestones –

Early accolades include winning the Cheam School Photographic Competition aged 7.

At Harrow School Hugo became the un-official school photographer, taking school-leavers portraits.

In 1991 Hugo became assistant to photographer Julian Calder at Alma Studios.

In 1993 Hugo was appointed by Tatler (Conde Nast) as the official Bystander (Social) Photographer.

In 1994 Hugo moved to his own studio in Notting Hill.

1994 – Present Day. Hugo has been commissioned both privately for portraits, weddings and parties and for editorial in locations around the world including Paris, New York, South Africa, Kenya, Hong Kong, Barbados, India, and Spain and his photographs have been published all around the world, in publications ranging from The Times to Tatler.

In 2005 Hugo was the official photographer at the wedding of HRH Prince Charles and HRH Duchess of Cornwall.

In 2008 Hugo was commissioned to take the Official 60th Birthday Portrait of HRH Prince Charles.

Individuals who have been photographed either privately, portrait or in a ‘lifestyle’ capacity by Hugo Burnand include David and Samantha Cameron, President Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Sir Dennis and Lady Thatcher, HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, HRH Prince William of Wales, HRH Prince Harry, Lucien Freud, Victoria Beckham, Graham Norton, Bruce Oldfield, Ben Fogle, The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe, David Hockney, David Linley, Sacha Distel, Uma Thurman, Ruth Rendall, Peter Godwin, The Earl of Derby, Imelda Staunton, Santa and Simon Seabag Montefiore, Linda Evangelista, Rob Lowe, The Duke & Duchess of Bedford, Brent Hobermann, Tom Parker Bowles, Sienna Miller, Emma Sergeant, Michael Jackson, Spike Milligan, Natalie Cole, Barry and Oscar Humphries – to name just a few…

Hugo’s high profile clients value his unique ability to capture the essence of their personality in his photographic portraits. The sessions are always full of energy and Hugo’s clients value his discreet confidentiality.

Family –

In 1993 Hugo married Louisa Hallifax and they now have 4 children. Louisa is very much involved with Hugo’s work and often assists him. They live in Notting Hill, London W2.

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