The Princess of Wales is dashing the hopes of a generation of photographers, snapper laments

The Princess of Wales is dashing the hopes of a generation of photographers by taking her own pictures of royal children rather than letting someone else “make their name” doing it, a royal photographer has said.

Kate, 40, has posted photos over the years to mark important occasions, such as her three children’s birthdays.

But royal photographer John Swannell said he is denying others a chance to make a name for themselves.

‘All the work I got with royalty really elevated my career; nowadays someone like me just won’t get a chance,” she said.

‘Such opportunities should be given to young English photographers.’

Kate, 40, has posted photos over the years to mark important occasions.  Pictured Prince William with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in 2020

Kate, 40, has posted photos over the years to mark important occasions. Pictured Prince William with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis in 2020

Celebrity royal photographer John Swannell said Kate is denying others the chance to make a name for herself

Celebrity royal photographer John Swannell said Kate is denying others the chance to make a name for herself

Celebrity royal photographer John Swannell said Kate is denying others the chance to make a name for herself

Swannell said there were some benefits to the princess taking the pictures herself.

He added: “In some ways, though, Kate is probably right to do it herself.” She’s not a great photographer, but she just takes pictures, and with kids it’s easier if you get to know them.”

The Princess’s passion for photography dates back to before she became a member of The Firm, having produced her BA thesis on children’s photography.

He became the first member of the royal family to take the first official photos of a royal baby in 2015, when he posted his snaps of newborn Charlotte in the arms of her older brother, Prince George.

Earlier this year, the then-Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son, Prince George, on the occasion of his ninth birthday.

Earlier this year, the then-Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son, Prince George, on the occasion of his ninth birthday.

Earlier this year, the then-Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son, Prince George, on the occasion of his ninth birthday.

Earlier this year, the then-Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of her son, Prince George, on the occasion of his ninth birthday.

Princess Charlotte was photographed in Norfolk for her seventh birthday on May 2, 2022 with the cocker spaniel Orla.

Princess Charlotte was photographed in Norfolk for her seventh birthday on May 2, 2022 with the cocker spaniel Orla.

Princess Charlotte was photographed in Norfolk for her seventh birthday on May 2, 2022 with the cocker spaniel Orla.

Prince Louis in Norfolk in a photo taken for his fourth birthday on April 23, 2022

Prince Louis in Norfolk in a photo taken for his fourth birthday on April 23, 2022

Prince Louis in Norfolk in a photo taken for his fourth birthday on April 23, 2022

It was taken on 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 was published as they huddled over their beaming father, Prince William.

The photograph was published to commemorate Father’s Day and William’s 38th birthday.

It was shared alongside another image of William hugging Louis, then two, on his knees as five-year-old Princess Charlotte and six-year-old Prince George frolicked around him. The swing they were sitting on had meaning for Father’s Day as it was a wedding present from Prince Charles.

Kate, a keen photographer, took the pictures in the grounds of her Norfolk country house, Anmer Hall.

The photograph shows the three brothers laughing uncontrollably and huddled over a beaming Prince William.  In the photo, the family in 2020

The photograph shows the three brothers laughing uncontrollably and huddled over a beaming Prince William.  In the photo, the family in 2020

The photograph shows the three brothers laughing uncontrollably and huddled over a beaming Prince William. In the photo, the family in 2020

He has also posted pictures of his children playing in Norfolk on the beaches and among bluebells.

Other images of the three children have been taken on their first day of nursery school.

In 2020, images of Princess Charlotte volunteering during the pandemic were also released. She helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated retirees living near the Sandringham Estate.

Royal expert Camilla Tominey has previously said that the then Duchess of Cambridge has “appropriated the public image of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis”.

Ms Tominey said the model is “unique” to the couple and helps the family maintain a level of privacy for their three children.

speaking to The Telegraph last year, he said: “The paparazzi: there is no market anymore because the Duchess comes out with her own family photos and they are much more valuable to the press than images taken with a long lens.”

“This is how The Cambridges are going to strike a balance, they are going to give to receive a degree of privacy.”

Princess Charlotte helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated retirees in the local Sandringham area in April 2020

Princess Charlotte helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated retirees in the local Sandringham area in April 2020

Princess Charlotte helped pack and deliver food parcels for isolated retirees in the local Sandringham area in April 2020

The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, has “appropriated the image of Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three” by posting photos of her children for special occasions such as birthdays, Camilla Tominey said.

Kate is a keen amateur photographer and has become known for posting candid snapshots of her children.

Kate is a keen amateur photographer and has become known for posting candid snapshots of her children.

Kate is a keen amateur photographer and has become known for posting candid snapshots of her children.

Speaking as the then-duchess released a beaming photo of her eldest son George on his eighth birthday, Ms Tominey said: “George’s childhood will be very different from the royals who came before him.”

“Their generation is the digital generation and the challenges for the Cambridges as time goes on is how to manage the public interest in their son with their own privacy.”

She said she thought Prince George’s appearance at Wembley last year was because the little royal is ‘genuinely’ a football fan, but added: ‘Equally, the Cambridges want the public to see your children and have some degree of access to them.

“You have a balance between the private and the public in their lives and there is the expectation of seeing George grow up because one day he will be king.”

The chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces has previously said that the royal family “views photography as its own superpower”.

Historian Lucy Worsley said The times that being broken was “vital to the very survival” of The Firm.

She said that if the royal tour photographs aren’t great, the tour is often seen as a failure, revealing: “Every picture carries a message and no one understands it better than the royal family.”

Ms Worsley explained that the royal family were among the early adopters of “the wonder of science” that is photography.

He explained, “They quickly realized that photography presented not a problem but an opportunity.”

Award-winning London-based photographer Bronwen Sharpe has previously praised Kate for her ability to capture “authentic, unstaged moments”.

In 2019, she told FEMAIL: ‘No other photographer could capture the same connection that she has with her children. There is a real warmth and love that is present in his work.

“He has a natural ability to capture humanity with a keen eye for composition and color.”

His use of color is also praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris.

“She always puts them in sparkly outfits that make a photo pop,” he explained.

Kate's use of color is praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris, who says the Duchess wears bright outfits to make the photos stand out.  In the picture of her, Princess Charlotte in a snapshot taken to commemorate her second birthday in April 2017.

Kate's use of color is praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris, who says the Duchess wears bright outfits to make the photos stand out.  In the picture of her, Princess Charlotte in a snapshot taken to commemorate her second birthday in April 2017.

Kate’s use of color is praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris, who recounted how the Duchess wears bright outfits to make photos stand out. In the photo of her, Princess Charlotte in a snapshot taken to commemorate her second birthday in April 2017.

“I think she’s definitely improved since her first photos of George and Charlotte, now she’s experimenting with different lights and venturing out into the garden.”

After becoming the first member of the royal family to take the first official photos of a royal baby in 2015, he has captured several official photos to mark important family milestones.

Royal fans often look forward to the images, which typically capture their subjects looking natural and relaxed.

Ms Sharpe said the real strength of her recent work is in the way she “captures the joy and real moments in her subjects’ expressions”.

“Kate has a great ability to frame and capture unstaged moments. She has an intuitive eye for color, composition and light, and she often places her subjects in soft lighting,” she explained.

The princess’s passion for photography dates back to before she became a member of The Firm.

Her official profile on the British Monarchy website includes a list of hobbies that includes “photography” and explains: “The Princess, a passionate photographer, has shared many of her photos with the public over the years.” In January 2020, she participated in a special photography project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and contributed two powerful photographic portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families.’

Kate has shown artistic flair since her teens, having studied art history at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William. She produced her undergraduate thesis on the age of photography, in particular, photographs of children.

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