Misan Harriman is the photographer behind Harry and Meghan’s stirring pregnancy photo but just who is he and what do we know about him?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made waves on February 14th as they announced that they are expecting their second child.

To coincide with the announcement, a candid photo of the couple was released, showing Harry cradling Meghan’s head as she lies in his lap, resting her hand on her bump.

Unsurprisingly, the photo has become a huge talking point but just who is the photographer behind the resplendent image, Misan Harriman, and what do we know about him?

Harry and Meghan photo

The announcement that Harry and Meghan are expecting their second child came on February 14th, 2021, 37 years to that day since Prince Charles and Princess Diana revealed that they were expecting Harry.

Released alongside their announcement, the iconic image of Harry and Meghan was taken remotely via iPad by close friend and photographer, Misan Harriman.

Captured in black and white, the stunning image shows Harry and Meghan – who revealed a tragic miscarriage last year – sitting under a sprawling tree at their Los Angeles home with Harry cradling Meghan’s head as she lies in his lap, resting her hand on her bump.

Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for AllBright

Who is Misan Harriman?

Born in Calabar, Nigeria, Misan Harriman moved to the UK at a young age where he attended Stubbington House School and Bradfield College where he developed a love for the arts.

After school, Misan began working in recruitment in the City of London and only made the career change to photographer in 2017.

Since then, however, Misan has quickly garnered an impressive reputation thanks to his stirring work which includes royal, private and high profile portraiture commissions as well as behind the scenes coverage of major awards ceremonies, music festivals and film sets per Misan’s website.

Misan is also a passionate activist and he earned notable recognition for a number of images he took during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.

British Vogue’s first black cover photographer

Misan Harriman made history in September 2020 when he became the first black photographer to have their work featured on the cover of British Vogue magazine in its 104-year history, on the magazine’s coveted September issue no less.

Again in black and white, Misan’s stirring image features model Adwoa Aboah and football star Marcus Rashford.

Following Harry and Meghan’s baby announcement, Misan Harriman spoke to Vogue, saying: “To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.

“Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry,” he continued.

On the image of Meghan and Harry, Misan said: “With the tree of life behind them and the garden representing fertility, life and moving forward, they didn’t need any direction, because they are, and always have been, waltzing through life together as absolute soulmates.”

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