As I am writing this, the worst portrait session of all time is being shared at an unbelievable rate. This. Can't. Be. Real.
I've seen some bad portraits in my lifetime but nothing like this. These are so bad that they can't possibly be real, but the story that goes along with them is plausible. Pam Dave Zaring, who seems to be a normal wife and mother on Facebook, just posted a group of family photos. She writes:
Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $250 for a family photo shoot. Please see these FOR REAL photos she delivered to us....She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear, sunny day and that her professor never taught her to retouch photos. Feel free to share 😂😂😂 I literally have not laughed this hard in YEARS!!!!! You can't make this stuff up.....again, this is NOT a joke
She then proceeds to post the most incredible imagery I've ever seen.
This post-processing is unimaginably bad, but at the same time, I wouldn't know how to recreate it. So the question is; is this someone who literally has no idea what they are doing or is this the work of a Photoshop expert purposefully creating the ultimate viral campaign?
Reading the comment section of this shared gallery on Facebook is hilarious and Pam can be seen replying to many of the commentors. She sticks to her story that this is in fact not a joke and that she paid $250 for the session but waited months to actually get the shots.
I can't believe this is real but Pam's story and comments certainly add to the believability and the hilarity of this photo series. What do you think? Real or fake?
Lead image by slon_dot_pics, used under Creative Commons.