From capturing unstaged moments to choosing colours that ‘pop’ on camera, experts reveal the clever tricks Kate uses when taking snaps of her children (and say she’s definitely improved over time)

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Kate Middleton, 37, shared three snaps of Louis yesterday to mark first birthday
She previously described herself as an ‘enthusiastic amateur photographer’
In 2015 Kate shared the first non-professional official photograph of a royal baby
Professional photographers Bronwen Sharpe and Jaimie Harris discuss her skills
Duchess has ‘natural ability to capture humanity and great eye for composition’

Kate Middleton will reportedly take a more hands on approach to the royal social media account sharing more of her photographs on the Instagram page
Kate Middleton will reportedly take a more hands on approach to the royal social media account sharing more of her photographs on the Instagram page

Whenever there’s a special occasion in the Cambridge family calendar, royal fans are now accustomed to being treated to an adorable photograph of the children – usually taken by their mother.

Yesterday, to mark the first birthday of her youngest son, Kate Middleton shared three stunning portraits of Prince Louis, taken in the garden at their home in Norfolk.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who has previously described herself an ‘enthusiastic amateur photographer’, has demonstrated considerable skill behind the camera over the years – with rumours she’s set to take over the KensingtonRoyal Instagram page.

The royal has been spotted clutching her camera on several royal visits including this one to Charlottetown Canada in
The royal has been spotted clutching her camera on several royal visits including this one to Charlottetown Canada in

So what’s her secret? What clever techniques does she employ to make these simple pictures of her children so captivating?

London-based award-winning photographer Bronwen Sharpe puts it down to Kate’s natural ability to capture ‘authentic unstaged moments’ – and the fact she chooses her own children as her subjects.

She told FEMAIL: ‘No other photographer would be able to capture the same connection 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 eye for composition and colour.’

Kate became the first member of the royal family to take the first official photographs of a royal baby back in
Kate became the first member of the royal family to take the first official photographs of a royal baby back in

Her use of colour is also praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris.

‘She always puts them in bright outfits which make a photo pop,’ she explained.

‘I think she’s definitely improved since her first George and Charlotte photos, she’s now experimenting with different light by venturing outside into the garden.’

Hands-on parent Kate became the first member of the royal family to take the first official photographs of a royal baby back in 2015, when she released her snaps of newborn Charlotte in the arms of her big brother Prince George.

No other photographer would be able to capture the same connection she has with her children There is a real warmth and love that is present in her work
No other photographer would be able to capture the same connection she has with her children There is a real warmth and love that is present in her work

She then she has captured several official photographs of George, five, Charlotte, three, and Louis, one, to mark important family milestones. Royal fans often wait in trepidation for the pictures, which typically capture their subjects looking natural and relaxed.

Bronwen said the real strength of her recent work is in the way she ‘captures 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 colour, composition and light, often placing her subjects in soft lighting,’ she explained.

Kate has a natural ability to capture humanity with a great eye for composition and colour according to Bronwen Pictured is Princess Charlotte
Kate has a natural ability to capture humanity with a great eye for composition and colour according to Bronwen Pictured is Princess Charlotte

‘She composes her pictures with clarity and balance, with no distracting elements in the background – evident in the recent pictures of Louis and of Charlotte on her second birthday.

‘Kate has a great ability to create wonderful out of focus backgrounds using limited depth of field. She had mastered the use of natural light, so I would like to see her try to introduce studio lights in combination with natural light.’

Bronwen told how Kate has a natural ability to capture humanity with a great eye for composition and colour
Bronwen told how Kate has a natural ability to capture humanity with a great eye for composition and colour

Jaimie told how Kate always ensures her children’s faces are the main focus of her pictures and sometimes sacrifices good framing.

‘In a few shots of George and Charlotte, she has cut off their hands or only has one of their hands in the shot, she said.

‘I think she just makes sure the faces are in focus. If she took more full length photos, she could crop in after to make sure her framing is more on point, without chopping off body parts.’

Kates use of colour is praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris who told how the Duchess uses bright outfits to make the photos pop
Kates use of colour is praised by paparazzi photographer Jaimie Harris who told how the Duchess uses bright outfits to make the photos pop

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

Her official profile on the British Monarchy’s website includes a list of hobbies which features ‘photography and painting’, and explains: ‘The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.’

In this picture of Princess Charlotte on her first day at nursery in January Bronwen told how Kate composed the picture with clarity and balance
In this picture of Princess Charlotte on her first day at nursery in January Bronwen told how Kate composed the picture with clarity and balance

Kate has showcased an artistic flare 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 era of photography – in particular, photographs of children.

As the patron for the National Portrait Gallery in London, last year Kate opened its Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography exhibition, and penned the foreword to its catalogue, in which she discussed her passion for the medium.

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The show explored the ‘birth of art photography in England’ and much of its work was dedicated to photographs of children.

‘Children held a special place in the Victorian imagination and were celebrated for their seemingly boundless potential,’ Kate wrote in the foreward.

‘This notion still rings true for us today and it underpins much of my official work and the charities I have chosen to support, and, indeed, my role as a young mother.’

Jaimie told how Kate always ensures her childrens faces are the main focus of her pictures and sometimes sacrifices good framing
Jaimie told how Kate always ensures her childrens faces are the main focus of her pictures and sometimes sacrifices good framing

Speaking about her own passion for photography, she went on: ‘As a student at the University of St. Andrews, I chose it as the subject of my undergraduate thesis and photographs of children in particular, which feature prominently in the exhibition, are of real interest to me.’

Her prowess behind the camera was marked officially in 2017, when she was named an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society, with its chief executive Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS commending her ‘talent’ and ‘long-standing interest in photography and its history’.

Kate’s most recent photographs of Prince Louis were shot at Anmer Hall, a Georgian country house in the village of Anmer in Norfolk, where the Cambridges reside when they’re not at Kensington Palace.

Another colourful shot this time of Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school near Sandringham in Norfolk
Another colourful shot this time of Prince George on his first day at the Westacre Montessori nursery school near Sandringham in Norfolk

Could Kate be taking over the KensingtonRoyal Instagram account?
The royal has been spotted clutching her camera on several royal visits, including this one to Charlottetown, Canada in 2011
The royal has been spotted clutching her camera on several royal visits, including this one to Charlottetown, Canada in 2011

Over the past few years the mother-of-three has shared a number of stunning images of Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, one.

Jaimie told how Kates priority is making sure the childrens faces are in focus as in this shot of Prince Louis as a baby in April
Jaimie told how Kates priority is making sure the childrens faces are in focus as in this shot of Prince Louis as a baby in April

But now it seems the Duchess is set to step up her Instagram game, as sources say she will ‘share more of her photos over the months ahead’ on the KensingtonRoyal Instagram account.

This follows rumours that her sister-in-law Meghan Markle, 37, is controlling the SussexRoyal account.

Kates prowess behind the camera was marked officially in when she was named an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society
Kates prowess behind the camera was marked officially in when she was named an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society

Eagle-eyed royal watchers have recently been analysing captions on the new @SussexRoyal Instagram account, deducing that they have been written by Meghan Markle.

Fans have been quick to spot Americanised spellings, as well as dollar signs and American English in the posts, and claim this points to a US native writing them.

Several posts use the US spelling of ‘organization’, rather than ‘organisation’, and ‘programs’ rather than ‘programmes’.

Bronwen said the real strength of Kates recent work is in the way she captures joy and real moments in her subjects expressions
Bronwen said the real strength of Kates recent work is in the way she captures joy and real moments in her subjects expressions

It’s prompted speculation that Kate could soon be following suit, if this is indeed the case, to post a broader range of pictures in the coming months.

A source told Harper’s Bazaar that Kate is ‘looking forward to sharing more of her photos over the months ahead – including on the @KensingtonRoyal Instagram account.’

Before she began dating Prince Harry, 34, Meghan amassed millions of followers on social media and loved interacting with her fans.

The former Suits star often posted pictures of her doing yoga, cuddling her dogs and enjoying a glass of wine on her Instagram account.

In January last year when she shut down her profile, Meghan released a statement via Kensington Palace, saying she was ‘grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years’.

Unlike Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, who have both reportedly had ‘secret’ social media accounts, Kate has generally stayed clear.

It has been rumoured in the past that Kate has an Mumsnet account in order to swap parenting tips with other mothers.

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