I don’t really get into the Royal Family stuff. The royal wedding, the real family… aside from watching (and loving) The Crown, I don’t really care about what they’re doing on a day to day basis.
However, I have apparently looked once or twice at photos of the royal family and their activities online, because my Google homepage lists them in my “things we think you want to know about” about once a week. What can I say, they’re pretty people and they have pretty weddings.
The other day I woke up to an article about Prince George and how the royal family had released a new portrait of him for his 5th birthday. It was adorable and simple, just a little boy standing in front of a brick wall, smiling a big toothy grin with his arms tucked casually behind him.
As I looked at the image, I immediately thought about the photographer and the pressure he must have felt to produce a photograph that appealed not only to Kate and William, but that could stand up to scrutiny by the rest of the world. I wondered how many he took before George gave that big smile. I wondered if the family chose this adorable portrait or if their media staff chose it.
This simple photo is beautiful, with its uncomplicated backdrop that draws all of your focus to the subject. George’s outfit is plain but innocent, with the little blue piping and collar that doesn’t come to a point. It screams “little boy” with the little missing button where his shirt meets his pants.
George’s expression is what really draws you in, though. He’s not looking at the camera, but at someone just off to the right. Is his mom holding a plate of birthday cake that he can have if he smiles perfectly? Is his dad making faces to make him feel more comfortable in front of the camera? He hasn’t started losing his teeth yet. The crinkles around his eyes show a real smile, on the verge of a real laugh.
It’s simple, and beautiful. I hope his mom loves the little unique George-isms in the photo and doesn’t see them as imperfections. Portraits don’t have to be complicated. They should tell a story, they need to be captivating, but they don’t have to be hard. Simple, fun, and easy. It’s possible.