Princess Kate Renders Professional Photographer Useless; Photographs Daughter’s First Portraits Herself

Jun 8, 2015

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Princess Kate Renders Professional Photographer Useless; Photographs Daughter’s First Portraits Herself

Jun 8, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Breaking Royal protocol, a professional photographer was not called in to take the first official photos of one-month-old Princess Charlotte who’s fourth in line to the British throne.

Being a keen photographer, the proud mother and Duchess of Cambridge decided to take the photos herself.

While the strict great grandmother Queen Elizabeth (Mark?) II might have frowned upon it, Kate’s charming photos prove she has alternative career options at her disposal, should the royalty thing not work out.

Although there is not a dedicated royal photographer, protocol calls for an established portrait photographer to capture the first official portraits of royal babies.

Luckily for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, Kate studied photography as part of her history of art degree and is said to be very passionate about it.

Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

The photos were taken in mid-May at Anmer Hall, the couple’s 18th century country home, and were just recently shared with the public.

In another break from royal protocol, the first of the four photos was released on the Kensington Palace’s Twitter and Instagram accounts an hour before the other three were made available to the media.

Perhaps due to their down-to-earth personalities, Kate and her husband Prince William have a history of steering away from ‘professional’ photographs when possible, as was the case with the first official photos of their eldest child.

Unlike the current set of photos, however, the family portrait consisting of the delighted parents and the future British King was widely criticized. Obviously not sharing his daughter’s talent, Kate’s father was encouraged to retire as a royal photographer.

Definitely not the best portrait photographer in the family. Prince George's first official photo, taken by Kate's father. Credit: Michael Middleton
Definitely not the best portrait photographer in the family. Prince George’s first official photo, taken by Kate’s father. Credit: Michael Middleton

It seems that while Kate might be the odd ball in her side of the family, William’s family has a flair for photography. According to the official website of the British Monarchy, “The Queen is a keen photographer and enjoys taking photographs of her family. The Duke of York is also a keen photographer and has taken a number of photographs of The Queen, including an official photograph for Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee in 2002”.

For those interested in the gear used by HRH, a blog following her every step reports the Duchess used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

So what do you think? Could ‘Kate Middleton Photography’ become the official royal photographer?

Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Credit: HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

[via Sky News]

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19 responses to “Princess Kate Renders Professional Photographer Useless; Photographs Daughter’s First Portraits Herself”

  1. Claire Lumley Avatar
    Claire Lumley

    I’m starting to really like this Princess Kate chic hahaha

  2. David Woods Avatar
    David Woods

    MK II? Seriously? She can’t afford to upgrade?

    1. mikeaubrey Avatar
      mikeaubrey

      Some people are satisfied with the gear they have.

    2. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Buying gear simply for the sake of buying gear, when what one already has does the job just fine, is just a waste of money.

    3. Frank Nazario Avatar
      Frank Nazario

      A MkII is an amazing body… Im a Nikonian I shoot Nikon but I do understand and can appreciate the Canon body used for this photos specially if it was paired with L glass… Good for her. “Pro” photographers have to get their egos checked from time to time… there are a LOT of people out there with a great “eye” so …yeah MKII rocks.

      BTW I shoot D810 and Sigma Glass..

      1. JP Danko Avatar
        JP Danko

        I think that’s what impressed me the most! This is a mom that could be using any camera and lighting gear in the world, and she’s photographing her kids with her trusty old 5D Mk II – just like millions of other moms. I agree with Claire – “I’m starting to really like this Princess Kate chic”

  3. Philou Nefland Avatar
    Philou Nefland

    70% of all “professional” photographers are just not good. On the other hand there are a lot of very talented and/or devoted amateurs out there and it seems that the duchess of Cambridge is one of them.

  4. Eilish Reding Palmer Avatar
    Eilish Reding Palmer

    She studied photography in college. That means she learned things like the triangle of exposure and knows what she is doing. I would say most moms without this training could not have produced these results with the same subjects, location and camera.

    1. Cesar Sales Avatar
      Cesar Sales

      Damn, that’s sexist. Let’s change that to “I would say most PEOPLE without this training…” You’re welcome.

  5. Frank Nazario Avatar
    Frank Nazario

    Please let her do the photography of her children… at least when they are in a controlled environment like the samples above… they are VERY good. The camera that she has selected has been part of more fashion shoots and portrait shoots than most of all models combined so please do NOT question her choice of tools… they look awesome. I am a Nikon shooter and that is my preference hers is Canon… that is it.

  6. Bill Binns Avatar
    Bill Binns

    I imagine that for the members of the royal family, the term “professional photographer” calls to mind the a-holes sitting in trees with long lenses for days at a time around their homes. I’m not surprised they aren’t keen to have them inside their home.

  7. Paul Conroy Avatar
    Paul Conroy

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about here. Anyone with a 5DII could take that. If I was to submit that for a professional body accredition, it would most certainly not pass.

    1. Erin 'Ren' King Avatar
      Erin ‘Ren’ King

      Buuuuuut…. she’s not submitting it as a professional. She’s a mum, who happens to be a royal, who took some perfectly adequate pictures of her kids.

    2. Richard George Avatar
      Richard George

      Adequate, yes. But even on an amateur level they’re very blah, and certainly not supporting the headline.

  8. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Ah, cut Princess Kate some slack. She’s just being a proud momma! Of course, she could now afford to upgrade to a 1Dx.
    I imagine that the Queen shoots with a Leica, but then again, she can afford it.
    PS: Irony doesn’t translate too well in text only.

  9. Jordan Christopher Avatar
    Jordan Christopher

    These don’t look at all in focus, is that something from the website? I would be surprised if someone who took a class shot that out of focus.

  10. Bob Litchfield Avatar
    Bob Litchfield

    The camera model has little to do with it people, it’s the photographer who knows how to use it. I get so sick of this my body is better than your body rubbish. The lens in front & the eye behind are the most important part of any camera system. She’s done a reasonable job, the shallow DOF works well & as for being unsharp the images are sharp where they need to be, the baby’s face. Princess Kate obviously has control of the camera & has done a good job

  11. Kurt Steiner Avatar
    Kurt Steiner

    “They tuk are jaaawwwwbbbbs”

  12. Stefano Avatar
    Stefano

    such beautiful out of focus shots :3