This fascinated me and will likely surprise you. We do lots of displays, from trade shows to malls to office towers. Most of our work is nude, suggestive nudes, boudoir, and glamour, with a few images representing our Prenatal work.
It is these Maternity images that caused such a ruckus at the displays. The image responsible for the most heated debates had an exposed tummy with a little cleavage. She was sitting down with her two young children around her, touching her tummy. We had a comfy log cabin set with a soft gentle glow to the image.
At one display we had the office management ask us to take the exposed tummy image down, as a result of a complaint and request of three women in an upstairs bank office. And yet the nudes we also had on display were fine.
Interestingly, it was women who had the heated debates, and they weren’t with us, they were with their shopping companions. We mostly had mothers and daughters discussing it. It was split about evenly between them whether the image was appropriate for display. What surprised us was that the conversations were not so much about the image itself, but rather the whole concept of a pregnant women being photographed and displaying that intimacy. A lot of the objections focused on having the young children touching the mom’s tummy even though it was clear they were fascinated by the approach of their new sibling.
But things do change.
To put this in context, the uproar happened in the late ’80s.
And yet, the image remains our most controversial one.
Now we have requests for our nude prenatal images to be displayed in along with our others. In last year’s Taboo show, the most popular collection at the event was the prenatal mother and child album.
When doing our maternity portraits, we usually do a mix of covered, scantily covered, and nudes. The nudes remain the most popular purchases.
From our younger clients, one of the common reasons for getting their session done is to have images of a pre baby body!
This afternoon I will be doing my latest maternity session with a very excited and, as usual, nervous mom-to-be. They are always a lot of fun.