Close Encounters

January 28th, 2010

Close Encounters - Family Portrait

Beam them up.

(submitted by Annie)

57 Responses to “Close Encounters”

  1. Giles says:

    Hahaha the comment is everything on this one

  2. Lee says:

    A number of people have commented they have pictures with this background from 1977. That’s the year Close Encounters came out!

  3. Ashley says:

    “I see dead people…”

  4. Ad bri cam says:

    When I was little as small as the little toddler, we also took a picture in front of that same back drop!!! from Olan Mills… and I was making the same face! I wonder if that was what they were going for??? But it was just me and my older siblings…no mom and dad!

  5. ckirk says:

    Well Dad has ruined the picture by looking AT the camera. He always does this..

  6. ReginaPhalange says:

    The baby’s expression is cute and funny, and excusable ’cause she’s a baby. Mom and the little girl are looking at the same area off-camera. It’s Dad that’s screwing it up. Why’s he giving the photographer that look?

  7. Alex says:


  8. Dannelle says:

    So here’s what happened: Mom and little girl are looking where the photographer told them to look, at a birdy, maybe. Dad’s like “Screw what that guy said. I’m looking straight into the camera.” Baby’s like “Zoinks! Omg! There’s a flashy light up there!”

  9. tony says:

    so when did those shark tooth necklaces go out of style??

  10. J Gibbs says:

    I hope they didn’t pay for that.

  11. Mary says:

    The little girl is saying…”oh God, now everyone will know I belong to them”.

  12. iLOLd says:

    Beam me up, Dottie!

    (Nice family-I’m sure they’re missed!!)

  13. James says:

    awesome picture. The little girl is adorable. My dad had the exact same Avon necklace. Boy, was he mad when I tied it to a stick and shot it into the river.

  14. Anne says:

    Poor Mom looks shell-shocked from getting everyone there on time, and she’s desperately trying not to look down to see if the girls are smiling at the camera.

  15. Bruce says:

    Moments before the photographer snapped the picture, little Susie begins singing “Ave Maria!”

  16. Smarty says:

    Oh, man, I gotta rip a big one. Is that an open window …?

  17. Boots says:

    It looks to me that aliens have already landed & body snatched mum and little sis!

  18. Melissa says:

    Does anyone else think that the little girl on the right could now be the wife on “Rules of Engagement”?

  19. BP says:

    Yes…only Olan Mills could capture such a great shot. Imagine the proofs that they didn’t want and decided on this one!

  20. rich says:

    Must be alot of action going on behind the photographer.

  21. Megan says:

    And yet, I bet Olan Mills STILL tried to sell them the canvas mount.

  22. AwkWerrrd says:

    “They’re heeeere….”

  23. Caroline says:

    It all makes perfect sense…just look at the Mom…she’s the alien. There is no human life in those eyes!

  24. Angie says:

    I have a necklace that looks just like the guy’s…and I have no idea where I first got it…now I do…

  25. jacque says:

    We need musical background for this one. LAAAAAAAAAA. me me me me me me me.

  26. reply says:

    Oh My Lord, it’s from Olan Mills! These photographers really know how to capture a moment. (Grey’s Anatomy, anyone?)

  27. Boppie says:

    I wonder if someone was dangling one of those cat toys with the alluring feathers and beads and stuff overhead for her to look at? It works on my dogs, anyway… 😀

    • lizsete says:

      It works on kids, too. BELIEVE ME! hahaha There is an EXCELLENT chance that’s what she’s so fascinated by. I know I had to do that a lot when I worked for Lifetouch.

  28. Shonda says:

    From the smile on the big sister’s face, it looks as if she has really cold hands and her little sister has just discovered this.

  29. Heather says:

    It must have the arrowhead necklace that attracted them.

  30. Kate says:

    It’s always the child to notice it first.

  31. Harry says:

    good thing dad is wearing his trusty arrow head he could fight them off.

  32. Ash says:

    OH MAN…lol…this is my favorite i’ve seen in weeks.

  33. Rachael says:

    I love how the little girl is giving it her all, it’s a great pic. The rest of the fam, not so much…

  34. Melissa says:

    My family has a few photos of me looking like this, some professional. This is probably the best photo out of all of them that was taken; it’s hard to get a toddler to cooperate and when they finally do, everyone else is grouchy and tired lol

  35. lavagirl says:

    Well she’s spotted something…. an angel maybe…

  36. bmj2k says:

    That guy looks like Brad Garrett.

  37. carol says:

    “They’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.”

  38. Virginia says:

    LOL! This is great!

  39. Melissa says:

    Love the dad’s Avon arrowhead necklace!

  40. calicious says:

    my parents have our first family picture from when I was born in 1977 with the same background (yes, olan mills).

    • Mel says:

      We have that one, too! With the fake fence… Mom and Dad are sitting in front of it, and Sister and I are standing behind it.

      • Calley says:

        The background was the first thing I noticed. My parents have a 1977 photo of me when I was 3 from Olan Mills with the same background.

  41. Tina says:

    that is adorable!

  42. karen j says:

    THAT’S the best one the photographer could come up with?!! Lame.

    • lizsete says:

      As a portrait photographer for children that little girl’s age I know how difficult it is to get children to look at you when you take their picture.

      This is a lot cuter than her crying or whatever, and she’s probably fascinated by the “hair” light that flashes above her head.


      Still, it’s pretty freakin hilarious

  43. Kathleen Mooney says:

    The eyes have it!!

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