I had an unexpected reminder when I opened today’s Courier-Mail of just how cute my daughter was as a baby. An unnamed uncredited photo of my daughter at one day old with her tiny fingers wrapped around my thumb, was used to illustrate a story (syndicated from the Daily Mail) about older men fathering children. The newspaper obviously just used a stock newborn baby photo from their archives, but I recognised it because I have a framed copy of the exact same photo sitting in my living room.
She was born during the 2001 election campaign, so the local paper sent a photographer to get a few photos at the time in case they decided it was newsworthy enough. It turned out they decided it wasn’t – another case of me not being suitably gushing enough in the interview I suspect – but they gave me a copy of the photo to keep anyway. It’s rather ironic they didn’t think it was worth running at the time, when there was actually a story attached to it, but they use it all those years later to illustrate a completely unrelated story. I wonder if they’ve used it on other occasions without me being aware of it. Maybe she should ask for retrospective modelling fees!
PS This is the same baby who about a week after this picture was taken (and not run) got front page coverage over a number of days squirming in Natasha Stott Despoja’s arms when one of the hundred of so photos being snapped of her caught her pulling an anxious face. I had to cope with my one week old daughter getting about a hundred times more media exposure in her own right than I managed when I was trying to get myself re-elected – another reminder that the mass media never was my forte.