Princess of Wales criticized for her own photographs of children


The Princess of Wales is known for taking her own photos of her family. (Getty Images)

The Princess of Wales was criticized by a royal photographer for taking her own photos of her children rather than giving the chance to others who might benefit.

Kate, 40, is known for photographing and then posting snaps of Prince George, nine, Charlotte, seven, and Louis, four, to the public at special milestones like birthdays.

“All the work I’ve had with the Royal Family has really elevated my career; nowadays someone like me just won’t get that chance,” royal photographer John Swannell said, according to MailOnline.

“These chances should be given to young English photographers.”

Prince George is pictured smiling at the camera on a British beach in a photo released on his ninth birthday.  (The Prince and Princess of Wales/PA)

Prince George on a British beach in a photograph released on his ninth birthday. (The Princess of Wales/PA)

In 1993 Swannell received a Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society, one of the youngest members to achieve this. In 1994, Diana, then Princess of Wales, personally asked him to photograph her with her two sons, the new Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.

However, despite her other comments, Swannell also acknowledged there were benefits to Kate taking her own photos of her children.

“In a way, though, Kate is probably right to do it herself. She’s not a great photographer, but she does take pictures, and with kids it’s easier if you know them.” , did he declare.

The young royal, surrounded by bluebells, was photographed by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk this weekend outdoors.  Charlotte and her pet dog Orla appear in one of three photos released before the princess turned seven on Monday.

Princess Charlotte in Norfolk with her pet dog Orla appears in a photo released ahead of her seventh birthday. (The Princess of Wales/PA)

The mother-of-three and princesses’ passion for photography didn’t start when she joined the Royal Family in 2011, having produced her undergraduate dissertation on children’s photographs at St Andrews.

But she became the first member to take the first official photos of a royal baby in 2015, memorably the snap of newborn Charlotte held by her big brother George.

In 2017, Kate accepted an Honorary Life Membership from the Royal Photographic Society, which recognized her “talent and enthusiasm”.

The young royal was photographed by the Duchess of Cambridge having fun in the Norfolk dunes, which are a popular attraction for tourists who flock to the county every summer.

Prince Louis in the dunes of Norfolk in a photograph on his fourth birthday. (The Princess of Wales/PA)

Some of the most recent images taken by Kate include George on his shared ninth birthday in July earlier this year, Charlotte on his shared seventh birthday in May and Prince Louis on his shared fourth birthday in April.

And to mark her husband William’s 38th birthday and Father’s Day in 2020, a photo has also been released showing George, Charlotte and Louis all playing with him in the garden.

To mark the Prince of Wales' birthday, shared June 21, 2020. (Princess of Wales/PA Images)

The Prince of Wales with George, Charlotte and Louis, shared June 21, 2020. (The Princess of Wales/PA)

Meanwhile, royal expert Camilla Tominey said for The Telegraph last year“Paparazzi – there’s no market for them anymore because the Duchess is releasing her own family photos and they have far more value to the press than images taken from a long distance with a long lens.”

She added: “That’s how they are. [Kate and William] are going to find the balance, they are going to give in order to receive in return a certain degree of intimacy.”

Award-winning photographer Bronwen Sharp also told FEMAIL: “No other photographer would be able to capture the same bond she has with her children. There is a real warmth and love that is present in her work.

“She has a natural ability to capture humanity with a great sense of composition and color.”

But, likely related to other parents, Kate spoke last summer about how her children asked her to “please stop taking pictures” during a conversation with a finalist from her Hold Still photography contest.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds a camera as she takes part in a photography workshop with the charity

Kate attends a photography workshop with charity Action for Children in Kingston, south-west London, on June 25, 2019. (Getty Images)

She was talking about a photo taken by Ceri Edwards, of her daughter Poppy hugging her father Mark before her stint as a paramedic in Newport, South Wales.

Kate praised the “strength, courage and resilience” of the black and white image.

But, also during the phone call, published on YouTube from the Prince and Princess of Wales, she asked if Ceri was a photographer, to which she replied, “No. Well, Mark would say otherwise just because I take a lot of family photos.

Kate then laughed and replied, “It’s like me. Everyone says, ‘Mom, please stop taking pictures’.”

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