Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Prince!

I can now say that I have photographed royalty.

For this assignment I photographed a real life Prince - Prince Reza Pahlavi, the son of the deposed Shah of Iran - for the Globe and Mail.

Pahlavi's father was overthrown by the Iranian Revolution in 1979, but according to the Persian Constitution of 1906, Prince Reza Pahlavi is still the heir to the Persian throne, essentially making him the Prince of Persia (no, not like the video game).

It was the first time in my life that I actually used the words "Your highness" without sarcasm and took art direction from a security detail. Staff nixed the area I originally staked out to shoot in, instead selecting what they decided was a far better choice - a large empty ballroom (who hoo!) - and allowing only 20 minutes for the interview thereby forcing me to shoot during it. But hey, Princes are busy dudes.

Also, FYI, the Prince digs Canon, and wondered, "Why do I see so many journalists with Nikon cameras?" I started to explain but he was whisked away by his security detail.


About Della

I'm Della. I take pictures.

I'm a freelance photojournalist based in Toronto. My work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Toronto Life, Hello! Magazine, The Calgary Herald and Sun Media publications. I have also shot for a number of corporate clients, including the Government of Canada, the Law Society of Upper Canada, ING, Accenture, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda, Amgen and Merck Frosst.

Likes: Snoopy Sno-Cone makers, dinosaurs, sharks, hot chocolate, ice cream, This American Life, CBC Radio, asparagus, zebras, travel, photography, grape soda, ice cream, naps, hoodies, the library, good e-mails, duvets, new books, mittens and lists.

Dislikes: Unicorns, ponies, glitter, tomato, wet cat food.

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Contact me at: drollinsphoto (at)

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