The other day my daughter’s main babysitter called me. She said, “My daughter’s boyfriend’s mom is a photographer and she wants to know if you would care if she took some photos of Della.”
At first I was surprised of what she was asking me, but then again I like to think I’m more of a laid-back mom in cases like this. So I said, “Of course I don’t mind! Go ahead, I’d love to have some more photos of her!”
I don’t know if I was slacking or if life just got in the way, but I still beat myself up because I never got professional photos of Della on her first birthday. To this day, I hate myself for not capturing something so important!
She replied, “Okay, I just wanted to call and make sure. We didn’t want to over step.”
So last night I got some of the photos back and some of them (like you can see in my previous post Like an Angel) were really beautiful! But as I scrolled through some of them, my heart kind of sank. And I don’t want to sound ungrateful here, because they did not charge me anything for these pictures… But her face was edited in some of them.
Granted, I have never met this photographer or seen any of her previous work, so I did not know what to expect. The first picture I noticed this was a picture of Della looking at the camera, beautiful as ever, but her eyes were edited to make them a different color and much larger than what they are.
I thought to myself, Well that’s odd… Maybe it’s just a weird photo… and kept scrolling. Much to my surprise, there was another photo where her eyes were edited. And another…
I don’t know if I’m overreacting, but it really broke my heart! My daughter is 18 months old. Why would anyone want to edit her face like that? My daughter has beautiful eyes and facial features, and I mean like… BEAUTIFUL. Her eyelashes stretch all the way up to her eyebrows and she’s got these big, round eyes that make her look like a doll. So to me, the editing, as innocent as it may have been, made my heart wrench.
I know my daughter is beautiful. Not from a biased perspective, but even strangers goo at her in the supermarket. I just couldn’t believe anyone would want to edit her face like that. I’m too insecure about how the photographer would take it if I asked her for the originals, so I will just take the good photos as an amazing gift! I have NINE days until I get to go home and see my beautiful baby in person!!