We are quite happy with the fact that Kate Middleton and Prince William aren’t a by-the-book couple. Their choice to reveal the first official shots of the royal baby as snapped by Kate’s father, Michael Middleton, was a pleasant surprise when they were published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s website Monday afternoon. While we thought the shots were warm and personal, others chose to fixate on the details, which they thought were all wrong.
"They are lovely snaps for a grandfather to have taken. But in terms of the quality, they are not really what you want for such a historic picture,” said Eddie Mulholland, vice chairman of the British Press Photographers Association and a photographer for The Telegraph. “I would be pleased with them if they were for me and my family, but they look like they have been taken with a mobile phone or a consumer compact camera. It would have been better to have seen it done properly given that this is the official record of the future king.”
Eddie makes a good point, but in Their Royal Highnesses’ defense, they are family shots by a family member, not an official portrait from a professional photographer. People reports that there may be a professional photograph or two taken before baby George is christened this fall.
Eddie goes on to talk about how the photos are backlit, meaning that the family was sitting in the shade, but the sunlight in the background was so strong that it washed out all the detail behind Kate and the family. He also mentioned that the subjects looked out of focus in both shots, one of the dogs looked more like a furry rug than an animal, part of the Duke’s hand was cut off in one picture, and more.
Needless to say, Eddie really laid into the photographs that were only meant to be pleasant family shots of the proud parents, their new baby boy, and the pooches.
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