• Royal photographer Arthur Edwards said he's a great admirer of Kate Middleton's photography
  • His favorite picture captured by the duchess was a 2020 photo showing Prince William on a swing with their three kids
  • Edwards said Middleton's shots are "beautifully composed" and "beautifully lit"

Kate Middleton has a fan in a top royal photographer for her work behind the camera.

Arthur Edwards, who has photographed the royal family since the 1970s, appeared on ITV's "The Royal Rota" podcast, where he gushed over the Duchess of Cambridge's photography skills and revealed his favorite picture from Middleton.

"I'm a great admirer of Kate's photography, she's grasped it very quickly," Edwards was quoted by People as saying on the podcast.

Middleton has been taking the birthday portraits of Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louise, 3, for years now and also captured some of their family moments. But Edwards' favorite among her photographs was a shot Middleton took and shared for Prince William's 38th birthday last year.

The picture showed the future king sitting on a swing surrounded by their children. Prince Louis was sitting on his lap comfortably, while Princess Charlotte stood on the swing beside her dad while leaning on him. Meanwhile, Prince George is standing and beaming behind his dad and siblings.

"I would have killed to have taken that picture," Edwards said of the snapshot. "Everybody's laughing at their mum, and you know that only a mother or a father could get that picture, and it's an absolute winner. Charlotte with her arm around daddy, you know, 'daddy's girl.' It's a lovely picture, I was so full of praise for her on that."

Edwards also praised Middleton for her 2020 project in which she photographed Holocaust survivors. Initially, he was not impressed but later found out that Middleton spent two hours talking to the family and getting to know them before the shoot.

"She lit it beautifully and... it was just a lovely picture. And I told her that, and she said, 'Well, I've got a lot more to learn,' and I said, 'No, you've done a brilliant job,'" he added.

Edwards added that he's now a fan of the duchess.

"Her pictures are beautifully composed, they're beautifully lit, and she's just got the best subject in the world, of course. But she delivers," he said. "I'm a kind of fan of her now — a fan of not just photography, but the way she's totally just made that role so brilliant. She's done a great job being the Duchess of Cambridge. And one day she'll be the Princess of Wales, and one day she'll be the Queen, and she's just perfect for it. Just perfect."

Edwards was not the first to praise Middleton's photography skills. Paparazzi photographer Jamie Harris noted that the duchess could make a "photo pop."

Meanwhile, Bronwen Sharpe, a theater photographer, said Middleton has "natural ability to capture humanity" and has an "intuitive eye for color, composition and light."

"Kate has a great ability to frame and capture unstaged moments. She has an intuitive eye for color, composition and light, often placing her subjects in soft lighting," Sharpe told Daily Mail in 2019. "She composes her pictures with clarity and balance, with no distracting elements in the background - evident in the recent pictures of Louis and of Charlotte on her second birthday."

Kate Middleton and Prince William
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 27: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a Beating of the Retreat at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on May 27, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jane Barlow-WPA Pool/Getty Images