“We were taking our family Christmas photo, and let’s just say the dogs weren’t in a Holly Jolly mood. This photo was the worst of the batch, but now it’s a conversation starter. We keep it right by the entrance of our home here in St. Louis.”
(submitted by Sabrina)
“Circa 1984. Dad felt my school band photo failed to capture the spirit of my role in the North Stafford High School marching band, so he decided to stage a photo of me in my uniform…in the woods…in a chair that just happened to be there…without my sax. I think I look like the young regent of Sherwood Forest, perhaps its constable, given the bobby hat. In the truest sense of the term, this is an awkward family photo.”
(submitted by Chris)
“This is my boyfriend as an angry teen, with his parents, who seem to be taking his punk phase in stride. (Well, his Mom at least.)”
(submitted by Sophie)
Senior pictures are supposed to be keepsakes, marking the transition from the awkward teenage years to equally awkward young adulthood. That’s what rising high school senior Jillian Henry was hoping for when she ventured to the idyllic coast fork of the Willamette River near Mount Pisgah on Sunday.
Didn’t quite happen that way.
Jillian and her photographer, friend Elena Nesbit, were in the middle of their photoshoot when they had an unexpected encounter…with a naked man and his dog who were cooling off from the late-August heat.
Jillian posted the results with an understated caption, “love my senior pics,” and a viral photo was born. The photo has received more than 21,000 retweets and 66,000 likes since Sunday.
“I posted it and was super excited when it got to just a few hundred favorites, and then I went swimming and was out of cell service for a couple hours and when I got back into service it was at a few thousand and just kept getting more and more,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive by text on Monday. “I never expected it to get that big.”
Jillian was surprised to become Internet-famous overnight.
“It’s kinda crazy when you think about how many people have seen that picture of you and that’s it’s a topic of conversation across the country,” she said, but added that all the replies have been “pretty positive.”
To date, the man and his dog both remain unidentified. We can only speculate what their core temperatures might be now.
If you are planning on taking senior photos, or any type of photos, in a river or other body of water, remember to check your framing first. A lesson we can all take to heart.