Choose you battles

June 9, 2013

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When this photo was first published, my heart stopped for a moment. OMG, the baby died! Then I realized that of course, that wasn’t what had happened, what we saw was just a heavily made up mother with a not so made up infant.

This is not an unique example, I’ve seen several pictures of human men seemingly marrying life-size Barbie dolls, like these two Image

Or watching a couple of figure skaters leave the ice where the man looks like a pimpled, anemic teenager by the side of the extremely made up dance/athlete/queen-partner.

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Now , the people in the pictures are all royalty (yeah, but that’s the subject for another text), and the pictures are not random snapshots. I would assume that whoever took the pictures are professionals, the people in printing are professionals and for God’s sake the royal families must have professional managers/press advisors.

I’m sure we have all been in the situation where a professional gives advice but the customer still wants his/her way and the result is crappy. But still. It would have been really interesting to hear the conversation in the shooting of these:

“perhaps we should put some powder and blush on the baby/husband to be”

“make up on a baby/man- are you out of your mind?”

“then perhaps slightly less on the princess?”

“but the princess want to look good on this very special day”

If two people are to be in the same picture and one of them is wearing heavy make up, the other one will at best look insignificant, more likely ill or even dead. That’s sort of the idea with make up- you put it on to look healthy and beautiful and whatever. Especially on photos. And it’s understandable that in a beauty contest you want to outshine the other contestants, but in an engagement picture? Or one showing off your newborn baby to the world?

And if make up on anyone but a woman is impossible, how about photoshop?

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