Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Bradley Kanaris talks us through Easter Sunday in Brisbane.

For such a big occasion I was quite calm and relaxed in the morning before heading out to do what I knew in my mind was an important and nostalgic occasion.

I enjoyed a late breakfast while my eight year old son and my partner of eighteen years watched the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on TV. I was to photograph the entrance to the formal reception at the Brisbane Convention Centre and then the walk about at the nearby Southbank where there would be a meet and greet with thousands of adoring fans. 

At these big occasions there is always a lot of preparation so arriving early is crucial. Before leaving home I did a check that all my gear was in place and I arrived nice and early but wasn’t sure where the car park entry was so I stopped a friendly police officer to get directions to the car park entry, only problem was I had stopped my car in a strictly no standing drop off zone to ask the policeman the question. He kindly pointed me in the right direction whilst also pointing out (with a smile) that I was not really allowed to stop my car where I had. I politely thanked the officer for his help and quickly found the car park entry.

It was nice to see a lot of the photographers that are also friends dressed up and looking the part. We all enjoyed a laugh before getting down to the business of taking photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

First was the arrival to the formal reception at the Brisbane Convention Centre. It was then time for me to head down the road to get a position to shoot the walk down Russell Street at Southbank, Brisbane. There were already lots of photographers and TV crews set up when I arrived but I still found a good spot to shoot from. It was a long wait in what was a very warm day in Brisbane.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived for their meet and greet with thousands of well wishers and I must say at this stage I did get quite nervous, of course you don’t want to miss the shot now do you?

It was pretty tough in the pit with all the photographers and TV crews but I must say I also enjoyed it. There were understandably a lot of security so trying to get them out of the shot was a mission in itself but when Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge came past me she gave a great wave and smile which was a nice photo opportunity. A little boy gave the Duchess a stuffed toy kangaroo and that was also a very nice candid moment. As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted the people of Brisbane there were many nice candid moments and it was nice to reflect on the fact that I was catching a moment in the history of our great city.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had departed so it was time to keep working and file those images as quickly as possible in whatever spot I could find. For me that spot was in the middle of Southbank.

Editor's Note: For more picture of the Royal Tour, click here.

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