The mistake Kate Middleton makes when photographing her kids

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Royal snapper reveals the one mistake Kate Middleton makes when photographing her kids

The Duchess of Cambridge is a keen photographer and an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society

It’s no secret that photography is one of  Kate Middleton ’s passions. The Duchess of Cambridge’s longstanding interest in the medium dates back to her pre-royal days when she was tasked with taking pictures while working at her parents’ company Party Pieces. Since marrying the  Duke of Cambridge , Kate, who studied art history at the University of St. Andrews, has had her work seen around the world. The royal mom of three often steps behind the camera to  capture portraits of her children on special occasions—i.e. birthdays  and first day of school.


The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography©Getty Images
The Duchess of Cambridge has a longstanding interest in photography

Over the years, Kate’s photos have impressed royal fans and photographers alike, including James Whatling, who has accompanied the royal family on tours and engagements. “She clearly has a good knowledge of the equipment she’s chosen,” he told HOLA! USA’s sister brand HELLO!. The Duchess has been seen in the past snapping pictures with her Canon PowerShot G12, and has used her Canon EOS 5D Mark II and reported favorite lens, the 50mm, to photograph  Prince George  and  Princess Charlotte .

“The 50mm lens is a great portrait lens, and Kate has made good use of its wide maximum aperture to create a shallow depth of field allowing the subject to be the sole point of focus,” James said. “This technique shows how proficient the Duchess is as a photographer, shooting all of her pictures manually, with a good understanding of how to use shutter speed and aperture to create the perfect result.”

Kate enjoys taking photos of her children©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Kate enjoys taking photos of her children

He added, “Her composition is good, but more important is her choice of background. What a lot of people don‘t do is look at the picture as a whole, including the background and how it might distract from the subject. Kate clearly understands how important it is to take everything into account when creating a portrait, including picking a nice background. That’s a real skill.”


The royal mom of three snapped an adorable picture of Prince Louis for his second birthday©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
The royal mom of three snapped an adorable picture of Prince Louis for his second birthday

Although Kate has James’ stamp of approval, the professional photographer has noticed a mistake the Duchess makes when photographing her kids. He explained, “She does have a habit of cropping the children’s hands off in the pictures. Perfect composition is so hard when photographing children, but if you step back and give yourself a little more room, then you have a bit of leeway if they step towards you at the key moment. The old photographer’s adage, ‘You can always crop into it, but you can’t add something that isn’t there,’ is always worth remembering.”

The Duchess captured a beautiful picture of her family in Norfolk back in 2019©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess captured a beautiful picture of her family in Norfolk back in 2019

Despite the habit, James praised the Duchess as a “very good amateur photographer.” “[She] has produced some really beautiful images of George, Louis and Charlotte over the years. It makes perfect sense for her to do this, children can be a challenge to photograph well and nobody is better equipped to put them at ease and capture them in a natural setting than their parents,” he said. ”What I’m really looking forward to is seeing how the Duchess copes with the ultimate challenge, photographing all three young children at once! With the lockdown and spring in full flow with such beautiful weather, I’m sure she’ll be out in the gardens of Anmer Hall trying to do just that.”

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