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landon and mommy

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By scottchurch   |   
Published: July 18, 2009
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i read somewhere years ago, that when a certain quite famous baby photographer did supposed "mother and infant" photos she used hired models as opposed to the actual mothers because she didn't think mothers that had just given birth were ever comfortable enough with their bodies to be nude in a photograph, even if the nudity wasn't actually featured in the image.

i've not (exactly) found the opposite, but i have found that showing the real connection of an actual mother with their own newborn child is so much more special and meaningful than whether or not the mother's body was perfect and photo ready.

the whole thing to me seemed so shallow and plastic, and when i do something like i did today i really believe i was right.
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10/600 second
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Date Taken
Jul 17, 2009, 3:13:16 PM
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SafeGuyStudent Photographer
Great job. You take wonderful portraits and I think this is one of your best.
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RainbowStr8ghtJacketHobbyist Traditional Artist
so precious and frail these little creatures :heart: his mommy's hair is beautiful
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Aww, this is sweet. And you're right, it isso much more beautiful because of the authenticity.
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WordworkerProfessional Writer
I agree!
toparts's avatar
I love baby too much
whene i seee baby ifeel a new great day
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You're featured here: [link]
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OphryomegasHobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous scene!
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I will be featuring this in my journal. (:
If you would like it removed, please let me know (:
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They are both beautiful.
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I can completley see what you mean. The mother has that protective look in her body language with the way her arm is clasped around the baby, and the baby looks really comfortable, which he would not be with a stand in. Nice photo. I love it
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Wow. That baby's gaze is.. riveting. Good job.
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stampingqueenHobbyist General Artist
I totally agree with you. There is something magical about the connection between mother and child. You do not get the same image when you use a stand in. A certain "famous" photographer does not capture a fraction of what you have gotten here. Your body is never perfect or photo ready after having had a child and probably never will be the same again. It is a beautiful thing to have someone stand up for making sure the images we see are not "plastic" and based in shallow thinking.

Great job and what a beautiful pair these two are. Those eyes are so beautiful!
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this is beautifully engaging. =)
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korus76 Photographer
true miracle of life...
absolute fav :)
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slayeroftiamatStudent Digital Artist
Stunning photo of a Beautiful Mother and her beautiful baby. The child has very striking eyes.
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Wonderful work!
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scaredylionProfessional General Artist
Truly beautiful Scott!
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ms-gigiProfessional Interface Designer
you are right, it is shallow and plastic. i think the physical image was the issue of the other photographer. what mother does not want this type of memory captured. for pete's sake.... women let you take their picture right after giving birth, holding their baby... sweaty, worn out, no makeup... and still they smile as if you'd offered them their favorite desert!

beautiful shot! :}
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BobInvisibleProfessional Writer
you sure was right, there's no such thing as "plastic concerns" with a mother holding her baby, the act itself is purity, tenderness and gentleness reaching beyond plasticity, and you did a great job here at capturing such a moment :heart:
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