Disturbing straight trend.

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    Feb 28, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    I've come to terms with the new normal of gay men paying for professional photo shoots for their shirtless online pics.

    But since my niece got married a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to get pics for her grandmother who's not on Facebook, I've been monitoring it for "amateur" iphone guest pics and discovered it wasn't abnormal at all for her to recreate her wedding proposal with personal stylist and professional in tow since her friends appear to be doing the same. One in fact is contributing links to photo shoots of her several months pregnant. Now children are being professionally documented in utero.

    At what point do we stop art directing our lives and actually lead them?
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    Feb 28, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    I blame Muhdonna.
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    Feb 28, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    Sounds like a disturbing American trend...
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    Feb 28, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    What's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 28, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhat's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif

    I don't think the issue is the photographers, but rather those who seek this kind of narcissism.
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    Feb 28, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    I heard that the latest trend in NYC is women to have "insemination parties".... where women go to get knocked up, usually by a pre-selected donor of sperm.

    So u party, then u impregnante urself. Woot woot! Party time!!

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    Feb 28, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidWhat's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif

    I don't think the issue is the photographers, but rather those who seek this kind of narcissism.
    I love those kind of people. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidWhat's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif

    I don't think the issue is the photographers, but rather those who seek this kind of narcissism.
    I love those kind of people. icon_cool.gif


    Yeah! There's nothing wrong with me!
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    I'd say the real problem is people "monitoring "other people's Facebook accounts.
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    It's not just straight people that have a monopoly on unhealthy narcissism...
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:02 AM GMT
    Import saidI heard that the latest trend in NYC is women to have "insemination parties".... where women go to get knocked up, usually by a pre-selected donor of sperm.

    So u party, then u impregnante urself. Woot woot! Party time!!

    Those are some fun parties. Everyone gets a Turkey Baster
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    Import saidI heard that the latest trend in NYC is women to have "insemination parties".... where women go to get knocked up, usually by a pre-selected donor of sperm.

    So u party, then u impregnante urself. Woot woot! Party time!!



    SURPRIZE!!! The donor of tonight's baby batter is...........

    DAVID BERKOWITZ!!!!!!!!
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    daveindenver saidI'd say the real problem is people "monitoring "other people's Facebook accounts.

    Again, I'm doing it one week after the wedding so I can collect pictures publicly shared by other guests who had better seats than my aged mother, so I can email them to her so she can see what she missed while there and share with her own friends because she isn't on Facebook. Since they're the only ones she may conceivably be in that she'll be able to see because the professional photographer was obviously instructed to photoshop out anyone over thirty not in the immediate wedding party who managed to be caught on-camera, which I find even more disturbing; hopefully, that's not a trend. Though it will make for a pretty wedding album filled with people whose names my niece won't even be able to remember thirty years down the road.

    Aside from this purpose I have only a passing interest in my niece's Facebook account. If that's a real problem, so be it.
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    A lot of people, when gained enough money, think they need a creative expert in each and everything they do because "status"is everything. It doesn't bother me, but yea, creative juices are drying up all around us and it applies to any one of any gender/orientation.
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    Mar 01, 2013 6:11 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidWhat's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif

    I don't think the issue is the photographers, but rather those who seek this kind of narcissism.


    I think you missed the sarcasm.

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    Mar 01, 2013 12:37 PM GMT
    Narcissism is a really loaded word.
    Having nice, professional pictures and a professional online image isn't narcissistic. Sharing the best side of elements of your life online ins't narcissistic.

    True narcissism is rooted in extremely low self confidence that is unshakable, and this perpetuates a center-of-the-universe mindset in the individual who suffers from narcissism. Paying a photographer for theirs kills to shoot your body, pregnancy, wedding, kids, etc from the best possible light is not narcissism, and to say so is damaging to those with the confidence to do it.

    Many of us dress nicely when we go outside to see the world. We put our best clothes on, and show our best face. The internet is just another iteration of "outside."
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    Mar 01, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    JerseyJames75 saidNarcissism is a really loaded word.
    Having nice, professional pictures and a professional online image isn't narcissistic. Sharing the best side of elements of your life online ins't narcissistic.

    True narcissism is rooted in extremely low self confidence that is unshakable, and this perpetuates a center-of-the-universe mindset in the individual who suffers from narcissism. Paying a photographer for theirs kills to shoot your body, pregnancy, wedding, kids, etc from the best possible light is not narcissism, and to say so is damaging to those with the confidence to do it.

    Many of us dress nicely when we go outside to see the world. We put our best clothes on, and show our best face. The internet is just another iteration of "outside."


    This
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    Mar 01, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    Remember Glamour Shots in the 80's!!!

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    Mar 01, 2013 1:06 PM GMT
    desertmuscl said
    ART_DECO said
    paulflexes saidWhat's so disturbing about it? Photographers need to make a living, too. icon_wink.gif

    I don't think the issue is the photographers, but rather those who seek this kind of narcissism.

    I think you missed the sarcasm.

    I know Paul's witty sarcasm quite well, and admire it. But it provided an opportunity to make a statement about people who may be too engrossed in themselves.
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    Mar 01, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    I find most wedding photos nauseating anyway. I used to work for a printing company who sold wedding invitations, and I've witnessed the Bridezilla transformation too many times when the tiniest speck could be seen on the invitation. Girls grow up with this whole fantasy of "I'm a princess and this is my night in shining armor" bullshit. And they actually think everything on that day must be absolutely perfect....especially their photos. And yes, it's very common for them to Photoshop unattractive or fat people from their photos.
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:13 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidthe Bridezilla transformation


    I preferred the photos taken by friends to the formal ones, they show people as they really are.

    Of course, Steve & I missed out on a bridezilla moment ... one more good reason for gay marriage.
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:28 PM GMT
    daveindenver saidI'd say the real problem is people "monitoring "other people's Facebook accounts.


    This ^^^^
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:47 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI find most wedding photos nauseating anyway. I used to work for a printing company who sold wedding invitations, and I've witnessed the Bridezilla transformation too many times when the tiniest speck could be seen on the invitation. Girls grow up with this whole fantasy of "I'm a princess and this is my night in shining armor" bullshit. And they actually think everything on that day must be absolutely perfect....especially their photos. And yes, it's very common for them to Photoshop unattractive or fat people from their photos.

    Like, really?
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    Mar 01, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    Eh...
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    Mar 01, 2013 3:24 PM GMT
    Here's a publicized professional photo montage of one of my niece's friends (I blurred their faces for privacy). On the one hand, it's very sweet. On the other, I know it's not for me but who exactly is it for? It used to be there'd be one Polaroid of a mother in her hospital bed with a newborn. Now it's like everyone's vying for a six page spread in "Vogue," "Redbook" or "InStyle."

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