Royal portrait photograph taken by non-professional for first time

 17th Feb 2010

Hot on the heels of last week's photography course success-story comes another budding creative wonder in the form of Britain's own Prince William.

The second in line to the throne has been praised as a "great photographer" after taking part in a unique collaboration under the direction of world-renowned practitioner Rankin to support and raise awareness of Crisis, the homelessness charity.

As part of the project, the 27-year-old royal was photographed by Rankin and Jeff Hubbard, a formerly homeless man who says his life was turned around by Crisis.

Rankin claims he was shocked by how easily William took to the task when they met at his London studio last month, adding that he was struck how "genuine and accessible" he was: "He said 'hello' to everyone in the studio. I've worked with a lot of famous people and not everyone does that - only the really good ones. He is a great photographer and had no airs or graces."

William himself told Hello! magazine: "Under Rankin's inspirational guidance, Jeff and I think we have created something a little different."

Anyone currently doing a photography course who fancies checking out the competition can see the pictures of both Jeff and the future king in an upcoming London exhibit entitled "A Positive View".  And if you want to get to Prince Williams' standard and don't know where to start, take a look at our Masterclass in Photography.