Category: Weird Articles
Written by Mavis
Never hire a photographer without asking to look at his/her portfolio first, as this Missouri family has learned the hard way when they parted with US$250, and received a series of hilariously atrocious photographs that propelled them to internet stardom.
In May 2017, Dave and Pam Zaring of Hillsboro, Missouri, were contacted by a middle-aged woman who introduced herself as an experienced professional photographer. She was marketing her photoshoot services, and the couple took up her offer, having gotten married three years ago and deciding that it was time for their first family photo shoot.
The couple, their two sons, Cade, 12, and Connor, 8, together with Daves’ mother, Sharon, drove to the picturesque Forest Park in St. Louis where they paid the photographer just under US$250 (S$330.50) to snap a few pics of them as one big happy family. The shoot apparently went off without a hitch, and the photographer told them that she would be in touch again in a few weeks after editing the photos. However, weeks turned into months, and the family promptly forgot about the photoshoot.
However, on 13 January 2018, the photographer suddenly emerged from oblivion and sent Pam the edited photos through the mail. Pam took one look at the photos contained within the disc and burst out laughing. She then decided to spread the hilarity by posting the photos on her facebook page where it has since been shared more than 400,000 times.
“I’ve never laughed this hard in my life,” Pam said. “My kids were so confused, they thought we were playing a joke on them. They just kept saying they looked like Lego people.”
Pam claims that the photographer told her that “the shadows were really bad” on the day of the shoot, and that her photography professor never actually taught her how to re-touch photos. She offered to redo the whole photo shoot if they weren’t happy with the results.
“I told her we were good,” Pam said, adding that she did ask for the original photos instead. So there was no harm done.
The Zaring family photoshoot is apparently so popular online that photography websites have actually written articles complete with detailed step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the bizarre editing
, all in the name of good fun.
While Pam and Dave said there are no regrets, they do encourage people to do a little bit of research before hiring a photographer, unless you are willing to part with a few hundred dollars for a good laugh. They insist that the hilariously bad photos were “worth every penny” as it brought their family joy and they will forever be immortalized as internet memes.