Royal Wedding Photographer Reveals Secret for Official Picture Success

Filed in Gather News Channel by on April 30, 2011 0 Comments

How does a professional photographer get six small children with limited attention spans, who are probably exhausted from a busy day of attending the Royal Wedding of the century, to pose beautifully for a professional portrait? With jelly beans, of course.

Hugo Burnand said he hoped the official portraits of William and Kate looked “effortless, relaxed, and friendly.” The pictures were all that, and then some. Taken in Buckingham Palace’s throne room, immediately after the wedding party arrived from the Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey and before the appearance on the balcony, Burnand only had a few moments to bring the two families together and capture beautiful pictures. He said his favorite picture is the one of the couple with their young attendants.

He made it look effortless, but it took months of advanced planning. He had it timed precisely so as soon as the children entered the room, he bribed them with jelly beans and sweets, posed them, and snapped the pictures. The official Royal Wedding photographs turned out beautifully, capturing the essence and character of each child as they surround the lovely couple. Kate, of course, is in her exquisite ivory and white satin gown by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen. Prince William is wearing his scarlet military uniform.

The Official Royal Wedding photographs

TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the center with attendants, (clockwise from bottom right) The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Miss Eliza Lopes, Miss Grace van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Master Tom Pettifer, and Master William Lowther-Pinkerton.

(Photo Credit: Hugo Burnard via Flickr)

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