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My Daughter's Maternity Shoot - *pics*

Friday, August 02, 2013

My sister-in-law is a pretty fair photographer. I have a good eye, having been my father's assistant on many shoots during his long career as both a military and professional photographer. I can tell you what makes a photo pop and pose photos well, but don't have the photographic talent nor professional camera of my sister-in-law so I asked her to take maternity pictures of my youngest daughter and family and offered to assist her. My Carly is the mother of my youngest grandson, David. Those who know me also know David is the center of my heart. I love that little guy so much! He'll be four at the end of October. His mama will give birth to my first granddaughter, Robyn, on or around October 1st.

I thought the pictures came out so beautiful. Carly has been so self conscious of the weight she has gained this pregnancy and I wanted her to really see just how beautiful her body looks. We posed her and family in a lot of the traditional poses and took the expected belly kiss, hands on belly in the shape of a heart- type pictures, but there were also a lot of artsy shots of Carly in lacy material where you can see the outline of her naked body and some where she is covering her breasts but you can see a lot of skin. None could be construed as pornographic. I waited until she and Colin had seen them and had both posted them on facebook before I shared any of them myself.

I kind of felt one of them was a bit too risqué for facebook and after a private facebook discussion with a sweet spark friend who is also a real life friend I took it down. Wouldn't want some sicko posting it on some less than savory site for the "enjoyment" of others, if you get my drift. He was worried it would happen and was wonderful to discuss his concern with me. This kind of helpful feedback I like and appreciate. What I didn't appreciate, like, or welcome were the messages from two other people, one of whom had been a friend from school more than 30 years ago, with very unkind and unpleasant comments about the pictures. The school friend began by asking very pointed questions as to my daughter's marital status or lack thereof and the conversation devolved from there and ended with him telling me that he couldn't believe I was posting "porn" of my pregnant daughter. PORN? OF MY DAUGHTER? Heaven Forbid!

I was kind of reeling from my old "friend" when I got another message saying that maybe if I was European he could understand why I would post pics like that of my own kid (my daughter is 23) but he thought it was just weird and was sure others did as well. I'm still shaking my head over that one as well. Woman have enough trouble with body image as it is. Making us feel like our bodies are dirty and reducing them to just sexual objects doesn't do much for the advancement of body acceptance. Finding the beauty that is there in EVERYBODY and Every BODY despite the media's skewed perception of what body perfection is goes a long way in making a person love the body they are in.

Did you notice that the negative comments I received came from MALES? Does this tell us women are just more open about sensuality and pregnancy and the human body or that many males are uncomfortable about nudity if it involves pregnancy or someone they know? Definitely not male bashing here, the good constructive criticism came from a male as well. What I do know is the pictures are beautiful and tastefully done. Judge for yourself. That said, though...it is not my wish to offend anyone's sensibilities so IF PARTIAL OR IMPLIED NUDITY OFFENDS YOU DO NOT SCROLL FURTHER.
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KALIGIRL 8/5/2013 9:06AM

    Wonderful!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/3/2013 12:08AM

    Well done and something her family and daughter will treasure forever. Love the black and white photography especially.

It reminds me of the feedback I got when I was nursing my babies ages ago. People can be so prudish to something that is part of nature.

Keep being true to yourself!

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UMUCGRAD 8/2/2013 6:16PM

    Beautiful mom!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/2/2013 6:00PM

    i can't believe people reacted that way! There is nothing pornographic at all about these pictures. I hope Carly is feeling better about herself after this photo shoot. She is beautiful and so are these photos.

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LIVERGIVER 8/2/2013 4:38PM

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes! emoticon

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