This past week we had our pictures taken for the church directory. Who doesn't want to be in the church directory? And, so true to most things my family embarks on, it was entertaining, to say the least.
When the photographer called our name, we entered the room that was set up like a studio and waited for instructions. All we got were grunts and pointing here and there. Ok, I'm thinking this guy is just quiet and he'll get better, but I was wrong. Even with David's constant joking around and us giggling a little, this guy was as stoned faced as he could be. (Oh, joy!)
To make a very long saga, very short, we took the typical studio pictures, complete with mom on a stool, Dad to the side, boys standing behind them, blah, blah, blah. Add a pic of mom and dad together and boys together, and you have the typical studio package. About as boring as you can get!
The downside is that we have totally neglected having any studio portraits done in YEARS so I felt somewhat obligated to buy some (which didn't turn out that bad). The upside is that we won't have to do that for many more years!
Have you noticed that photography has moved from this type of set-up, to one of a more natural scene? Photographers aren't meeting people in the studio anymore; they are meeting in downtown streets, in front of abandoned buildings or in fields of wildflowers and weeds. I like this!
I'm a casual person, so sitting on my front porch, having my picture taken is more my style, rather than getting dressed up and sitting on a stool, in a studio, faking it.
However, there is one type of photo that I am BEYOND sick of seeing..........the big, pregnant belly!
What is it with women showing off their naked bellies? Seriously? What happened to modesty people?
Do you honestly think that just because you have a baby in there, it's ok for the world to see you with your shirt hiked up and your pants down low?
It's not pretty! It's not fascinating! It's not sexy (well if it is, that's for your husband to see, not the world)!
PLEASE, put your shirt down!!
And, while we're on this topic........wear some maternity clothes and quit squeezing your huge belly into a shirt that was made for non-pregnant women! Belly buttons aren't attractive either.
Pregnancy is supposed to be beautiful and it is, but don't lose your brain and start taking off your clothes or showing everyone what you've got, just because you think everyone wants to see it.
And, while I'm offending you, I don't want to see you breastfeeding either.
Some things aren't meant to be shared with the world; they are meant to be treasured and by flaunting them and blinding everyone with your body parts, this world is becoming more and more exhibitionist and less and less modest.
Take it down a notch sister.
Wear bigger clothes and keep your shirt down. The world will thank you and so will I!