The Duchess of Cambridge's love of the arts is well documented. She studied art history at the University of St Andrews and after marriage became patron of two of London’s most prominent artistic institutions.In recent years, the Duchess has also become a photography enthusiast, sharing personal photographs of her children on special occasions, from birthdays to first days of school.Today marks Prince George's sixth birthday and as has become Cambridge tradition, Kensington Palace released official portraits of the royal taken by his mother. The three undated pictures were revealed to have been taken on holiday in an iundisclosed location.As with many of Kate's portraits of her children, the photographs were taken outdoors and the young royal was all smiles as he posed for his mother.Earlier in May, Kensington Palace also shared a set of pictures the Duchess had taken of her daughter Princess Charlotte to celebrate her fourth birthday.The photos, which depict Charlotte playing in the grounds of Kensington Palace, followed portraits Kate had taken days prior for Prince Louis’ first birthday at her Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. John Suler, a professor of psychology at Rider University and the author of Perception and Imaging: Photography as a Way of Seeing, says there's probably a reason Kate often photographs her children outdoors. Previously, she has shot her sons and daughters in locations including the grounds of her home, the steps of Kensington Palace’s courtyard and outside Prince Louis’ school.“[Most of the] photos are not 'environmental portraits' in which we see the surroundings of the children, which could easily remind us of their royal upbringing,” he said.Suler says this approach does what some previous royal portraits have arguably been unable to do - make the Cambridges seem like an ordinary family. “Instead, these could be anyone's children, which encourages viewers to relate to the pictures.”Kate’s skill with her camera has been noted in the past, with photographer Glenn Gratton telling the Daily Mail that she was “clearly using Photoshop” to improve her pictures and “feeling more confident with her camera”.In 2018, the V&A’s senior curator Martin Barnes said the Duchess was “really knowledgeable” and understood the “technology behind the photos” following her appearance at the museum to open a new photography centre.Kate serves as royal patron to the Victoria and Albert Museum and was seen exploring the photography centre's debut exhibit last October, where she pored over vintage portraits and cameras. Family photographer Andrea Whelan also assessed Kate's technical skill with a camera, delving into how her work has improved over the years and what she could also potentially stand to work on.Whelan said one of the earliest photographs Kate shared with the public was her "favourite shot", namely the above portrait of Prince George before his first day of school in 2014. She explained that it had "no distractions" and noted his "cheeky face", praising the choice to shoot him in his uniform.She said, "Sometimes the clothes make or break a portrait."Whelan also deconstructed Kate's technical skill in Princess Charlotte's 2015 birthday portrait above, saying, "Great composition here. [She made] use of the wider depth of field to help us focus on Charlotte and blur the teddy."While she noted that Prince George's first day of school portrait in 2016 was "quite striking", Whelan noted that the way Prince George fit into the frame actually might not have been the best choice for a happy occasion.She said, "The central composition is quite striking and creates tension, which is congruent to the image as it's his first day at school."While George's central composition and busy background may not have been a winner for Whelan, Middleton's portrait of Princess Charlotte the following year proved the Duchess had improved.She said, "Lovely use of light and neutral background, [which] helps the subject Charlotte 'pop'."Kate moved into more advanced territory in 2018 with Prince Louis' official birth portrait, as Whelan explained that Kate had managed to create "catchlights" in his eyes. Catchlights occur when a photographer is able to capture the reflection of a light source on a subject's eyes, which can help brighten a portrait.She said, "Perfect catchlights in [Prince Louis'] eyes here, really brings the image to life."While Kate has in the past shot many posed pictures of her children, she went outside of her comfort zone for Prince Louis' first birthday portrait taken on the grounds of their home Anmer Hall. Whelan said, "Lovely action shot of the little prince here, great expression and depth of field."And finally, she praised one of Kate's most recent pictures of Princess Charlotte this year, saying of the above, "A fine natural shot of the princess. Fab expression which shows a lot of personality and character."In a pamphlet for the National Portrait Gallery's Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography exhibit the Duchess expanded on her interest in photography. Victorian photography and “photographs of children in particular” were the basis of Kate's undergraduate thesis - knowledge she seems to have factored into her own work.She also called herself an "enthusiastic amateur photographer".Suler notes, “Rather than relying on professionals, people are doing their own photography, and sometimes become quite skilled at it, as in the case of these photos.”“One advantage of this is how parents, rather than a 'stranger,' decide what moments and photographic styles best capture the personality of their children,” he finished.
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To mark Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released three new portraits of their daughter. And while royal fans were delighted to see just how much Charlotte has grown, they couldn't decide who the little girl looks like the most out of all her family members. After Kensington Palace posted the photos on Instagram, comments soon followed, with one person writing: "She looks like William, who looks like Diana," while another said: "She looks just like William." Others thought Charlotte looked more like the Queen. "So adorable. She looks just like Queen Elizabeth," one wrote. "Eyes and brow of Queen Elizabeth, and the rest William/Diana." Another fan couldn't decide which one she looked like the most, concluding: "She looks like William and Queen Elizabeth."Some people think Princess Charlotte looks like the QueenMORE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's cutest moments togetherThe three pictures were released on the eve of Charlotte's birthday, and were taken both at Kensington Palace and the Cambridge family's country home, Anmer Hall. In one of the photos, Charlotte is wearing a pretty Liberty print smock dress from British childrens designer Trotters. In the other two pictures, the little girl has been photographed in the family's garden at Anmer Hall, this time dressed in a Yarrow tartan dress from Amaia Kids, a childrens' clothing boutique in Chelsea. In one image, Charlotte is perching on the fence, and the third she has been captured running across the garden. All of Princess Charlotte's cutest momentsREAD: Princess Eugenie shares rare photo of her new favourite hobby"It’s wonderful to see the young Princess wearing a dress designed by and made exclusively for Trotters using an iconic British fabric from Liberty along with our much loved Hampton Canvas footwear," Sophie Mirman, Founder and CEO of Trotters told HELLO!. "It is thrilling for a small family business like Trotters to receive such fabulous support."Who do you think Princess Charlotte looks like?Charlotte has a busy year ahead of her as she is set to start school in September. Prince William and Kate are determined to give their children as normal an upbringing as possible, and while their children only make several public appearances, their proud parents often talk about them during their public engagements.Charlotte is growing up so fast!On Wednesday, Kate revealed that Charlotte adores playing with slime. While Kate was at the centre's interconnecting Pears Family School, the mother-of-three enjoyed having a conversation with a little girl called Narriyah about the popular children's craze. She told her: "Charlotte, my daughter, she dropped hers on the floor and it was pink and ended and brown and covered in so much mud. It ends up all gooey, doesn't it?"Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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