On the back of a tragic accident in which a Quebec woman died while being photographed in her wedding gown soon after getting married—a ritual known as 'trash the dress'—comes another controversial trend in wedding photography as reported by the NY Daily News: being snapped the Morning After the Night Before.
That's right, forget those rigid cake-cutting photos. Many of today's freshest brides and grooms are opting something a little more, shall we say, candid. Wedding photographers will come into your boudoir after the fact, and shoot black and whites of steaming showers and rumpled sheets.
“We do it very sexy and implied,” said Michelle Jonné, a 34-year-old New Jersey-based photographer who charges about $650 for the newlywed bed photo shoots, according to the article.
The collections are undeniably stylish, as Jonné gets her inspiration from sultry Armani ads, capturing the couple in "various stages of undress."
“When you get married, you’re in the best shape of your life and why not have these memories,” said past client, New Jersey PR exec, 38, Inna Shamis, who agreed to be filmed in the shower with her husband. She later posted the pics on Facebook and in due time plans to share them with her kids.
Hm, something tells me that's not exactly one for the mantle...
Should wedding photos be raunchy or reserved? Would you be comfortable rolling around in your underwear and showing off your sex hair to a photographer?
The anorexic online community is booming. And according to a recent study published in the journal Health Communication, blogging about anorexia is not necessarily a bad thing.
Even though "pro-ana" blogs are controversial, researchers found that anorexics writing about their illness provides a way to express themselves without judgment, which may ultimately prove crucial to their treatment.
"From the outside looking in, this looks like a really disturbing community, but I think that the fact that these women are able to find support from one another and find a place where someone understands what they're going through is a really good thing," said Nicole Martins, an assistant professor of telecommunications at IU College of Arts and Sciences.
It's currently estimated that more than 11 million Americans alone suffer from eating disorders, a potentially fatal mental illness that causes both men and women to deliberately lose between 15 and 60 percent of their body weight.
Controversially, the blogs feature song lyrics, music and photos that pro-ana writers call "thinspiration." They have also been found to share weight loss tips, and strategies for concealing their disorder.
Many sites have been shut down, but site administrators have been persistent in getting their message out there. And exactly what message are these blogs sending? That it's good to be anorexic?
Researchers believe the motive of blogging has more to do with building a safe community and gaining support than selling a 'lifestyle' or outlook. But what about when you are being supported for your illness? Surely this is counterintuitive to recovery...
Only 20 percent of 33 female bloggers surveyed indicated that they were seeking help, one of whom claimed that writing "gave her the skills to talk about her illness in the recovery process."
"The fact that disordered eating is such a solitary and isolating experience makes the Internet an ideal place for offering support and advice," wrote the researchers.
If the photos from the Rich Kids of Instagram blog make you want to commit random acts of violence, consider poetic justice served.
The more the Richie Riches of the social network continue to post images of their Rolexes and Lear jets, the more they brag about their shopping and trips to St Tropez and the Hamptons, the more they are endangering their assets.
Think about it. As the son or daughter of a billionaire, tracking your every movement on FourSquare isn't the cleverest thing to do. After all, there are more clever people out there, who will use that information to rob you.
Case in point: Alexa Dell. The founder of Dell computers suspended his 18-year-old daughter's Twitter account suspended due to security concerns. According to this article in Businessweek, not even the $2.7 million her dad spends on personal security every year can guarantee it:
"Alexa happily detailed her every move, including the exact days she would arrive in, say, New York, and where she was shopping. She also put up such things as her high school graduation dinner invitation that foretold where (time, date, location) Michael Dell and his wife would be in a couple of weeks' time."
All this oversharing has consequences besides public nausea. Years ago Paris Hilton was robbed after broadcasting her whereabouts, and there are always kidnapping concerns. With Instagram, prospective thieves now get a good look at the merchandise they plan to pilfer. Might as well swap the #abundance hashtag for #advertising...
And all those security questions might easily be answered for hackers, the more transparent and divulgent the rich kids' social media habits. But the same could easily apply to our kids. What precautions do you take to protect you and your loved ones on social media sites?