The first official photos of Prince George have been released and they’re, well, they’re just plain bad.
No doubt every pro photographer cringed when they saw the washed out, somewhat blurry images that may or may not have been taken on a crappy point-and-shoot camera (or worse, Kate’s dad’s iPhone).
The Daily Mail reported the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t want to “burst the happy little family bubble” by having a real photographer take the first shots, so Kate’s dad did it with an “inexpensive camera.”
The photos might be lovely for them to post on Facebook, but to be the first “official” portrait of the prince, they’re terrible!
For starters, you can barely see the little guy’s face. Clarence House also linked to other first portraits – where pro photographers knew enough to turn the baby so his face is showing clearly. Because that’s what people want to see. While Will and Kate make a lovely couple, as is the case with most new parents, they’re not the main attraction anymore – George is.
Really, these photos are of Will and Kate and there’s a baby in there, too.
What I also love are the comments that Will and Kate wanted this to be natural.
But natural doesn’t mean someone does your hair, as I suspect is the case with Kate. Natural means you can be comfortable, and Wills looks a bit stiff in both shots. Where is that great smile he had in their relaxed engagement photo?
Photographer Brian Aris – who apparently wants to stay on the good side of the royals – called the amateur photos “quite refreshing.”
“It’s an unusual decision but perhaps reflects the young approach that Prince William wants to bring to bear,” he told the Daily Mail.
Refreshing is what I’d call a tall, cold glass of water on a hot day. I would liken these to a lukewarm cup of coffee on a hot day. It does the job of making your mouth wet, but it’s far from the best option.
Others, thankfully, were more willing to be honest about the first shots.
“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 news photographer for the Telegraph for 20 years.
“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.”