At dinner Bryan again questioned one of my hard and fast rules about photography and my daughter. Specifically - why is it that I refuse to take pictures (or have pictures taken of) Abby in the bath tub but yet I posted THIS picture of Abby in nothing more than a diaper and a candy heart-shaped box.
First, let me explain my reasoning for the no-tub-pictures rule, and preface it by saying that I do not have a problem if other people take pictures of their children in the tub. That's your decision and I'm genuinely not judging, but we have made a decision that we are comfortable with for our child. Anny and I, mostly I, just don't see the purpose of the bath tub picture.
- I have absolutely no intention of showing a naked picture to any future suitor. (Isn't that why folks take them?)
- I don't have a desire to post a full on naked picture of her on the web.
- Bath time is a time when we play and really begin the winding down part of our evening, and camera time is often not.
I admit that I do see beauty in the human body, but maybe I have just fallen too much into the trap of assuming that it's only for show if the person is "of age," whatever that age is. There is a picture or two from Abby's first bath, and to me every one after that is just a part of our routine. I don't put up pictures of me putting her shoes on...
Last week's picture: I think that the picture that I posted last week was much more covering than a lot of others, and I guess that is the reason I have no problem with it. All of the things that I think should be covered were covered. I guess that I also saw last week's picture as more art than Abby - I had been planning and plotting it for weeks, but it didn't happen until a bonus day off in February.
So, to me the difference is that one is everyday and commonplace, and a bit more exposure than I care for. The other was designed and set up and done purely for the sake of the picture, and had all of my daughters' diaper area covered. (How is that for rationalization?)
Do you take pictures of your child(ren) in the tub? Do you post them online? Is there a reason you do or do not?