Sarah Morgan’s latest column ran in the lifestyle and property magazine My Weekly Preview Magazine. The opinion column looked at the rise of newborn photo shoots and the reality behind the images.
Why do we feel the need to pose and fake what having a newborn is like? I mean, how many newborns do you know sleep peacefully in a cheesecloth cocoon tucked into a basket full of stuffed toys and flowers?
I blame three things. The blasted Anne Geddes and her photos of adorable babies lying in pumpkins from my teenage years, the pressure of social media and, most importantly, I blame myself for feeding into the contrived crap behind it all.
The reality is they are lying on you as you try to work out how you can shove that piece of cold toast in your mouth without getting more crumbs on their tiny head.
Call me silly, but the reality, in my eyes, is a lot more beautiful, because it’s real and all mothers have been there.
I would much rather a photo of my daughter looking grumpy as I try to figure out how the car seat works, or the gummy grin she gives me when she first wakes up in the morning. Those are the memories I will cherish and think back on, rather than the time she was made to look like she was floating on a cloud of cushions.