(WVUE) - A Virginia photographer is taking heat over a photo of a baby being cradled in the American Flag, starting a public debate over whether the image is patriotic or disrespectful.
Vanessa Hicks said she was approached by the baby's parents, who both have ties to the military and wanted their infant boy to be photographed in a way that paid homage to their service.
The parents said a Pinterest search was the inspiration behind the flag idea, and Hicks obliged, later posting her work on her
. The image shows the baby sleeping in the flag being held by his father in uniform.
Media outlets picked up on the photos, and #flagbaby was born. People opposed to the image feel it violates the
that says "
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything."
A post on Hicks' Facebook page reads, in part: