When Is Birth Photography Just Porn?

Birth Photography–Creating Tender Memories

This is a sensitive subject.  I know.  I am not one to go around insulting people but this has been circling my brain.  I have several Photog friends on fb.  A couple of them do what is known as Birth Photography.  They are on call at all hours and create some of the most amazing pictures of precious memories.  It is truly an art form, and I have been able to see some beautiful images when they are shared on social media.  Wonderful!  Thank You……However.  Some of the images are of    V E R Y intimate  and, what should be, PRIVATE moments.  Oh my word.  Occasionally these images are shown by the family (New Mother), and I take that to mean they see their friends list to be an extension of …..say family and try to take it in the same spirit.  Keep in mind that new mothers have just been stripped of all privacy and have no modesty left at this moment.  Okay, I get that—even if I am made uncomfortable.

BUT!  Other times these pictures are posted by the Photographers (who call themselves “professional.”  The picture is posted to their own blog (for the purpose of making more money!) with the mother tagged in the post so that it shows up in the news feed of all her friends list….which might include her—-say grade school librarian.  I can see that, like a wedding, the Photographer is snapping away and the family will pick and choose which they want.  I understand the Photographer owns the rights to the pictures they take.  Got it.  What I DO NOT GET is this “professional” splashing all over the internet pictures of their clients in such PRIVATE detail.  Today I was confronted with a picture of a woman, from the neck to the areola and then from the crotch down with the baby, umbilical cord, etc. out and in the arms of the birth coach. Right behind the birth coach was a mirror….you know, the one put there so the mom can see—-Everything.         S E R I O U S L Y?  This woman wanted to invite the entire internet world to her birth?  Probably not.  Then there is a stream of nursing shots showing everything from the waist up…. Private pictures of a private event the couple wants to treasure, that works.  Published on the internet?  That can be TMI.  However, “Privacy” a “professional” has hijacked and pimped for filthy lucre? Nope.  That is offensive.

Then, since I am confident that the entire internet community is not looking at these very intimate pictures in order to share in the moment, what are they looking at?  And since we know the answer to that, what is actually being provided?  It often just looks like porn…and there are many many children being exposed to this stuff.  Not Okay.

It is ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone screams.  So says all the porn mags.  Not all “art” is appropriate for public consumption.

What I saw today was shocking and frankly repulsive.  What in the world happened to modesty?  When did we forget that “intimacy,”  in its broadest sense, is reserved for those in a close relationship?  This type of thing is reserved for the marriage.  When did it become okay for Photographers to steal privacy?  It has been a while, I know—first it was grief and pain that was fair game.  This is beyond the pale.  I guess I would call it UN-professional.

 

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