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Fifth Photo of Prince Louis Released

Monday, July 16, 2018

Several of you mentioned that you were disappointed not to get a better view of Louis in any of the four christening photos released yesterday (see them all on this post), and as if on direct cue, the Cambridges released this darling fifth photo of Kate and Louis this morning. 



This picture was snapped by Matt Porteous. Matt Holyoak took the official portraits released yesterday, but the man behind the lens on this fifth photo was the photographer the Cambridges chose to take Prince George's third birthday photos (see all four of those pictures here):


It makes sense that William and Kate would have multiple photographers on what is not only a special family day, but an historic day, too. I am sure they will frame both the beautiful images prepared by Holyoak, and also enjoy the pictures in this different style by Porteous. I do really like his light-filled, natural images. From the images Kate has taken, I think she trends toward this style. 


As to the timing of this fifth photo, although the palace does at times respond to very vociferous fan reactions, I think this was a planned released from the start. Just as Harry and Meghan released that extra engagement photo, I think the press team is trending toward these later releases as a matter of course. The official photos go out to the papers and then they add a more personal touch on their social channels a day later or so. It's a nice plan, and of course the gesture hits its mark--fans love it and it helps the royals control their own narrative a little.  

A great way to start the week. Happy Monday, all! 

21 comments:

  1. I swear they read these blogs. Yay, we can finally see his face. He does look just like his mom. Thank goodness for Matt Porteous!

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  2. Yes I agree Jane. Looks like after Matt Holyoak finished, Wills and Kate called the other Matt, and took extra shots. This photo is just magical. Louis is so gorgeous! Good to see him with his eyes open and smiliing.

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  3. They saved the best for last. What a beautiful picture of this precious baby with his mother, who he so resembles.,

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  4. Happy babies. There's nothing better. 💖💖💖

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  5. Looks like they are smiling at something George and Charlotte are doing. Sweet.

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    1. I, too was wondering what George and Charlotte were up to.
      For a baby so young he has quite a giggle.
      I wonder if that photographer was there to take pictures for George's birthday next weekend,
      Such a joyous set of photos

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    2. I agree! I like to think that they are laughing and smiling at something George and Charlotte are doing! So sweet!

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    3. His birthday portraits of George are among my favorites. I certainly hope he was on hand for double duty - christening and birthday portraiture! Wouldn't it be just fantastic to get some solo shots of George as well as snaps of the three children for his birthday? I'm hopeful that we'll get new pictures released for his birthday.

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  6. That's not gas! Ha!
    Actually, he may be "mirroring" his mother, but it looks spontaneous to me. Not sure how much a baby's emotions and voluntary expressions are present at this age. Mirroring or mimicking is most evident in watching a baby forming sounds, "Mmmmm" (sorry, I lapse into teacher talk at times)

    Thank-you Jane for going to the effort to make a new post for this. Seeing that delightful photo up top made my Monday much brighter. I think we know now what has entranced Kate so much. What a smile! Kate obviously talks and smiles with Louis. She was so depleted after HG and the stress of George's apparently being a fussy baby; although there is that lovely "arms up" photo of baby George. I know from experience what a toll a cranky baby can take on a parent and really, a whole family. I do think it is a combination of mother-child factors playing off each other, not just the character of the child. Louis is Kate's third. A current commercial running on US television depicts the decidedly relaxed attitude of repeat parenthood. This confidence can't help but spread to a baby. However, how does one explain the Queen's third child? Perhaps it was nearly a first baby experience, with so many years in between.

    I noticed KP Twitter added this photo below the photos released 12 hours earlier. Clearly, this was not one of the "official" photos," which had a decided Clarence House vibe to me. This was definitely a Catherine and William choice. I think the delay on the first photos was to allow for re-touching and sorting time. A bit heavy-handed on a couple of members in the extended family photo, in my opinion.

    At least KP learns from its mistakes. I recall the absolute shellacking the Cambridges and KP took when some prime photos were released via KP Twitter-resulting in embargo and delayed publishing for the British press, while appearing internationally in some venues. That was likely an attempt to control the narrative gone terribly wrong. I can't fault the parents after the criticism some previously shared child photos Kate had taken had received. This process is an effective compromise, in my opinion.
    Going on memory here, never a good thing these days. Ha! anon1

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  7. Beautiful baby!! Beautiful children, all of them. This fifth picture is my absolute favorite because it gives us a little glimpse of Prince Louis' personality and natural happy baby tendencies. Would it not have been fabulous to see a picture of William holding and interacting with the baby? I think that would have been the absolute ultimate photo-op.

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  8. i appreciate the lack of editing color, etc.

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  9. Call me crazy but I think Louis resembles his great Uncle Gary!!!

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  10. I have to say that I am slightly over this limited release of photographs. I totally understand the desire for privacy....but official pictures are not invasive or intrusive. If 500 pictures are taken, release 100 - no harm done. I find it disingenuous. And I think the BRF need to remember that they live this privileged lifestyle at the behest of the people who pay for it.

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    1. I'm thinking it's more like there are "official photos" that go down in history and then there is the photo W&K liked best by a different photographer so they released it separately. In reality, in these days of digital photography there are hundreds of photos and the photographers then go through them to choose what photos they let the client see after they've been adjusted and edited. Even in an event like a wedding you're lucky if you see 25% of what was shot.

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    2. Probably true, Robin. But the "out-take" photos from Harry's christening where Will was toddling off/playing away from the formal group were certainly a hit with the public as I recall. Seems at least 25 photos were released from that day (with all kinds of groupings) so 4 plus 1 bonus photo is a small number in comparison. Of course, Harry is TQ's grandson not her great-grandson.

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    3. The photos from Harry's christening were fun. I think the photographers were more careful in how they shot photos back then because they were shooting film. In this digital age they just keep shooting whatever and hope for the best because it doesn't cost them anything extra.

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  11. YES!! Now this is more like it. What an adorable photo and so full of personality. Matt Porteous is definitely more my style and I'm so happy W&K had him there as a back up. Love it!

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  12. Gorgeous photo! I hate to say this but I wish MP had been the principal photographer.

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    1. I wish that, too! This photo is definitely the best of the bunch.

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