Everyone loves a baby photo, and when the baby in question is one of the most famous in the world then it’s easy to see why the images have gone global.
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge has not been seen in public since her christening in July and her proud parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton, have now released two gorgeous photos of her, reportedly as a thank you to the media for respecting their requests for privacy.
There is no denying that she is a little cutie, with her big blue eyes and adorable grin, and it is also clear that her mum is confident behind the camera; like the previous images released, these photos were taken at the family’s Norfolk home and have been shared all over the world.
So what is it about the snaps that make them so adorable?
Well, first of all, it helps that the little princess is clearly on good form. She’s relaxed and happy, and in an environment where she feels comfortable.
The chair she is photographed on is an ideal backdrop, with neutral colours that complement her outfit and skin tones, creating a natural frame for the image without creating unnecessary distraction.
The lighting is interesting – there’s a window in the background and what looks like natural light falling on Charlotte’s face too, suggesting she’s sitting near another window.
Then of course there’s the prop, the teddy bear that brings such delight to the face of the little princess.
So what can us non-royal people take from this? Plenty, as it happens.
If you are planning on photographing your own little ones, make sure they are in a good mood, not hungry or tired. You may not have a royal chair to hand but you can pick a background that will not compete with the focus of your photograph – a plain sofa would work, or a rug. It is probably safer to keep the outfit fairly plain too to make sure your little one’s happy face is what catches the eye.
Daylight is easiest to work with outside of the studio so follow the Duchess of Cambridge’s lead and choose somewhere with natural light. And props are always a winner, whether it’s to elicit a cheeky grin like Princess Charlotte’s, or simply to encourage your little one to look in the right direction.
Of course, if that all sounds like too much hard work, you can always give us a call and find out more about our cherubs packages to capture those precious moments over your baby’s first year, or book a family portrait session and let us treat you like royalty…