Who else cooed over the adorable photos of Princess Charlotte and her gorgeous big brother Prince George?
Taken by mum Kate Middleton, they captured a beautiful moment of sibling harmony – long may that last!
Babies change so much that it’s easy to fill albums, or memory sticks, with hundreds of photos of them, and of course it’s nice to have professional shots as well.
There are some lovely images out there – just take a look at our Baby of the Month gallery for inspiration – but it’s not as easy as it may appear.
Some of the most popular poses require not only specialist training but exceptional skill as well. Take, for example, the head-on-hands shot. Looks like we’ve just arranged the baby, hopped back to the camera, clicked the shutter and that’s all there is to it, right?
Wrong. In actual fact, that pose – and many like it – is actually created from several images seamlessly blended together. It wouldn’t be safe to prop a delicate, vulnerable newborn in that position and then leave it there – never mind the fact that they wouldn’t be able to support their own weight.
So we don’t. Instead, we use mum, dad or one of our specially-trained assistants, to support the baby’s head and limbs as we take several shots and then create the finished image.
Then there’s the baby-in-sling shot. Looks like we’ve just made a baby parcel, hoiked it up and there’s your photo, right?
Wrong again. Would you want your precious, days-old baby, lifted in the air and dangled by a piece of material? Probably not. So instead, we put the material under the baby and lift the ends, but leaving the baby on a safe surface, usually a beanbag, with mum or dad inches away. Then we substitute baby for something else to get the shot above ground – a bag of sugar or something similar works well. Again, digital skills are needed to create the finished product.
And it’s not just the poses. The studio environment is important too when you’re dealing with the smallest humans. It’s not simply a case of walking in off the street and starting to snap away – preparation is key.
For our part, we make sure the room is warm, not too bright and with nice comfy spaces for mum or dad to sit if baby needs a cuddle or a feed. We ask parents to bring their baby’s favourite things, toys or comforters, to reassure them and help bring a smile. And a few changes of clothes are also a good idea, for variety in the pictures and in case of messy moments.
So we’re willing to bet that even that relaxed, family snapshot released by Kensington Palace was more complicated than it seemed – and Prince William, or a member of the Royal household was just out of shot in case Prince George suddenly got bored of being the loving big brother!