Your Instagram feed has probably been bombarded with photos from the royal wedding the past few days, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official wedding portraits are an absolute must-see if you haven't already. Kensington Palace shared three snippets of the couple's wedding day photo shoot on Instagram, including an adorable candid shot, a group family photo, and the bride and groom with their bridal party. With each snapshot just as frame-worthy as the next, we owe it all to the man behind the lens—Alexi Lubomirski, the couple's wedding photographer, who also took their engagement photos. Lubomirski, who landed the photography gig of the century, dished on the big day, and how it's actually harder than it looks to make a bridal party of ten children smile for the camera. (And it looked pretty hard to begin with!)
The royal wedding photographer spilled all the details during an interview with Reuters. "It was just one of those magical moments, when you're a photographer and everything falls into place," Lubomirski said of the wedding.
But it was more than just the lighting (although that certainly helped) that made these wedding photos so wow-worthy—the subjects themselves were naturals.
"The sun is setting right just over the top of Windsor Castle just behind them, it was just the most serene, beautiful light, they're in love, walking around this beautiful garden," Lubomirski told Reuters. "I said just before you go in, let's sit down on these stairs, and she just slumped in between his legs. They were just laughing because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it was over."
Not everyone was this easy to pose for the wedding photos, however. Because with ten children in the room during shooting, anything goes. Thankfully, Lubomirski and his team had a trick up their sleeves—candy.
"They were being bribed with one Smartie here, one Smartie there, so as soon as the kids came onto the set, I immediately just shouted out 'Who likes Smarties?' and then everybody, hands up, smiles, even some adults put their hands up," Lubomirski confessed, and it truly seemed to do the trick. All six page boys and four flower girls are all smiles (especially Prince George) as they posed for the camera with Harry and Meghan.
Lubomirski had a clear vision in mind for the couple's portraits: "authentic, more loose, a little bit more relatable and real," similar to the vibe from their engagement photos.
"One word that I really kept throwing around in my head was 'familial', because when we did the engagement pictures and you got the sense that they were together, that black and white picture when they were really embracing and hugging, and you felt that love," he said. In our not so humble opinion, his goal was certainly met.