Yesterday, Baby M and I had a playdate at the in-house photo studio. While that may seem like a glamourous playset, it’s really just a white IKEA bedsheet draped over the West Elm console table in our living room. But I’m pretty sure, that if you asked Baby M, she was definitely on trial for becoming America’s Next Top Baby Model. Except that photographer (aka. mom/me) was awfully demanding of her cuteness while the afternoon light was fading!
Luckily we got in all of the photos we needed (and all the naps as well!), and I was able to edit them last night with ease in Lightroom. But before the shoot, Baby M had done a number on herself with her fingernail, scratching her cheek from end to end in the middle of the night. And her cradle cap had loosened a bit more get a little chunky in the middle of her hair line. Oh, and you can definitely tell which photos were taken RIGHT before nap, or right after I stopped her from crawling into the kitchen to play with the dog.
But did I edit those out with Photoshop? Not one bit! Baby M isn’t a perfume model, she’s a baby! Now did I pick out the photos that captured her the best? Why I certainly did! And I think that’s the difference… choosing your highlights is a different process than modifying yourself digitally. You can find a photo that looks awesome without creating a reality that doesn’t exist. It plays well in the magazines, but I think that I’d like to remember what my family looked like as I saw them, and not as digitally cleaned up.
[EDIT: Here’s the original NYT article that started the conversation on Saturday: No boo-boos or cowlicks? Only in school photos (thanks Maya for the reminder… I forgot to put that in!)]
Today there’s a little bit of a debate going on about kids and photoshopping their photos between Mom-101 and Gwen Bell (see the comments). I wonder where you fall in the discussion? Does photoshop help us put our best foot forward or does it take things a bit too far? And does it differ between adults editing themselves and adults editing kids? What do you think?