Originally Posted by dogmom327
I agree with Steph. While I personally think it's cool--I think it could be a major turnoff to most of the general public. So it's ultimately about what you hope to accomplish. It certainly will be not only acceptable but also potentially a draw to a certain audience. I think the hard thing with pictures like that is that for average-joe public, it draws an instant negative reaction rather than curiousity to investigate further.
I love the photo, and I agree with the above.
To answer your other question, it IS a bit disorienting to see a photo not directly related to the site's theme. If they were newborns, it would make more sense. Now it seems that the photo is there just for the sake of a photo, and most mainstream folks would be turned off.
Also, be prepared for the photo to be copied and plastered all over questionable sites, the best of which will put it under "funny". You also might not want that kind of traffic to your site either. I've seen really gorgeous birth and nursing photos copied under "funny photos" and that was shocking, to say the least, even if the site itself wasn't offensive. These photos where among funny animal photos, funny kids photos and so on. But I can only imagine where else such photos end up, shudder.