UPDATE: Mario Testino's Royal Engagement Portraits Released
12/12/2010 - 13:15 ||
Brazilian designer Issa isn't the only Latino to get a piece of the British Royal engagement action. Photog to the stars Mario Testino had a rendezvous with the Prince of England and his very lucky bride-to-be.
The Peruvian photographer was chosen by Prince William and Kate Middleton to take the couple's engagement photos. "William is a very photogenic person ... self-confident, relaxed, impressive – and so much like his mother," Testino said in a recent interview. "I think it comes from a sense of security."
This isn't Testino's first brush with royalty. The shutterbug also took Princess Diana's portrait and has previously photographed both Prince William and his brother, Harry. In fact, iconic shots of Princess Di that Mario took for Vanity Fair in 1997 were exhibited at Kensington Palace in 2005 after her untimely death. "[Diana] said to me at the time [that] her children had said to her it was the most 'her' they had seen," Testino said of the now legendary photo shoot.
The photo shoot with Prince William and his fiancée is thought to have happened right around the couple's November 16th announcement that they were engaged and will likely be released for publication soon.
The official engagement portraits – taken by Testino during a two-hour photo shoot – were released today. One is a formal portrait of the couple taken at the historic Council Chamber, the official residence of William's father, Prince Charles. The second photo, which is much more casual and intimate, was taken in the Cornwall Room of St. James's Palace.
"I am very happy to have been asked to cover this historic moment that the whole world was waiting for," said Testino in a statement. "They are in their prime and brimming with happiness. I have never felt so much joy as when I see them together."
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