The Princess of Wales is dashing the hopes of an entire generation of photographers by taking her own pictures of the royal children rather than letting someone else do it by name, a royal photographer has said.
Kate, 40, has been posting pictures over the years to mark important events such as her three children’s birthdays.
But royal photographer John Swannell said she was denying others the chance to make a name for themselves.
“All the work I got with the royals really boosted my career; someone like me just wouldn’t stand a chance in this day and age, he said.
“Young English photographers should be given this chance.”
Kate, 40, has been posting pictures over the years to mark milestones. Prince William pictured with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in 2020
Renowned royal photographer John Swannell said Kate was denying others the chance to make a name for themselves
Mr Swannell said it was beneficial for the princess to do the shoot on her own.
He added: “In some ways, Kate is probably right to do it herself. She’s not a great photographer, but she just shoots, and it’s easier with kids when you know them.”
The princess’s passion for photography began before she joined The Firm, writing her thesis on photographs of children.
She became the first member of the royal family to take the first official photos of a royal baby in 2015 when she released pictures of herself holding newborn Charlotte in her older brother Prince George’s arms.
Earlier this year, the then Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son Prince George to celebrate his ninth birthday.
Earlier this year, the then Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son Prince George to celebrate his ninth birthday
Princess Charlotte pictured in Norfolk on her seventh birthday on May 2, 2022 with Orla, a cocker spaniel
Prince Louis in Norfolk pictured on his fourth birthday on April 23, 2022
It was taken during a family trip to the beach in July, after George and his siblings left school for the summer.
In 2020, a photo she took of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis sitting on top of their beaming father Prince William was released.
The photo was released for Father’s Day and William’s 38th birthday.
It was posted alongside another picture of William holding Louis, two, on his lap, while Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince George, six, bustled around them. The swing they were sitting on had significance for Father’s Day as it was a wedding gift from Prince Charles.
Kate, a keen photographer, took the pictures in the grounds of their Norfolk country home, Anmer Hall.
The photo shows the three siblings giggling uncontrollably and plunging over a beaming Prince William. The family is pictured in 2020
She also posted images of her children playing in Norfolk on the beaches and among bluebells.
Other images of the three children were taken on their first day of kindergarten.
2020 also saw the release of pictures of Princess Charlotte volunteering during the pandemic. She helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated pensioners living near Sandringham Estate.
Royal expert Camilla Tomini previously said the then-Duchess of Cambridge “took ownership of the public image of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis”.
Ms Tomini said the model was “unique” to the couple and helped the family maintain a level of privacy for their three children.
Speaking to The Telegraph last year, she said: ‘There’s no market for paparazzi anymore because the Duchess goes out with her family photos and they’re much more valuable to the press than pictures taken with a long lens.
“That’s how the Cambridges are going to strike a balance, they’re going to give to get some privacy back.”
Princess Charlotte helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated pensioners in the Sandringham area in April 2020.
Camilla Tomini said the 39-year-old Duchess of Cambridge “captured Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three,” by posting pictures of her children for special occasions such as birthdays.
Kate is a keen amateur photographer and has become known for posting candid shots of her children
Speaking as the then-Duchess released a beaming picture of her eldest son George on his eighth birthday, Ms Tomini said: “George’s childhood will be very different to the childhoods of the royal family that came before him.
“His generation is a digital generation, and the challenge for the Cambridges as time goes on is how to manage the public interest in their son with their personal privacy.”
She said she thought Prince George’s appearance at Wembley last year was because the royal is a “sincere” football fan, but added: “The Cambridges also want the public to see their children and have some access to them. .
“You have a balance between private and public life and you expect George to grow up because one day he will be king.”
The chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces previously said the royal family “sees photography as their superpower”.
Historian Lucy Worsley told The Times that being captured was “critical to the survival” of The Firm.
She said that if the photos of a royal tour aren’t great, the tour is often considered a failure, revealing: “Every image carries a message and no one understands that better than the royal family.”
Ms Worsley explained that the royal family was one of the first to embrace the “miracle of science” that is photography.
She explained: “They quickly realized that photography was not a problem, but an opportunity.”
Award-winning London-based photographer Bronwen Sharp has previously praised Kate for her ability to capture “real off-stage moments”.
She told FEMAIL in 2019: “No other photographer could have captured the bond she has with her children. There is real warmth and love in her work.
“She has a natural ability to captivate humanity with a wonderful eye for composition and color.”
Her use of color is also praised by paparazzi photographer Jamie Harris.
“She always dresses them in bright outfits that make the photos pop,” she explained.
Kate’s use of color was praised by paparazzi photographer Jamie Harris, who revealed how the duchess uses bright outfits to make the photos pop. Pictured is Princess Charlotte, taken in April 2017 in honor of her second birthday
“I think she’s really improved since her first photos of George and Charlotte, now she’s experimenting with different light going out in the garden.”
After becoming the first member of the royal family to take the first official photos of a royal baby in 2015, she took several official photos to mark important family events.
Royal fans often look forward to pictures in which their subjects usually look natural and relaxed.
Ms Sharpe said the real strength of her latest works is how she “captures the joy and genuine moments in her subjects’ expressions”.
“Keith has a great ability to create shots and capture off-stage moments. She has an intuitive eye for color, composition and light, often placing her subjects in soft lighting,” she explained.
The princess’ passion for photography began even before she became a member of The Firm.
Her official profile on the British Monarchy website includes a list of hobbies that include ‘photography’ and explains: ‘A keen photographer, the Princess has shared many of her photographs with the public over the years. In January 2020, she took part in a special photography project dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, taking two powerful photo portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families.
Kate showed artistic ability from a young age, studying art history at the University of St Andrews, where she met Prince William. She prepared her thesis on the era of photography — in particular, photographs of children.