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.
“After a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Mom was inspired to create costumes for the entire family for the next family photo. This hung, proudly in our living room for years.”
(submitted by Andrew)
“My senior yearbook photo, shot in the summer of 1977. My mother handed me her charge card (with a note allowing me to use it) and dared to let me go alone to pick-out my photo attire. She was horrified when I brought home a green leisure suit, sans tie. She marched me back to Montgomery Ward and returned it, and purchased this proper three-piece corduroy suit, in rust, complete with a clip-on tie and matching suede shoes. Not only was I Napoleon Dynamite before he was even born, when I looked at the yearbook photos the next year, most of the boys wearing leisure suits didn’t graduate. Thanks Mom!”
(submitted by Gabriel)
“This is a picture of my college roommate and his girlfriend, taken when they were in high school. They planned to stay together and each had photos taken like this–she’s on the phone because they ‘planned to call each other every day.’ He hung this photo on his wall in our freshman dorm room. They didn’t last.”
(submitted by Joe)
“My checklist for leaving the house: plastic visor? Check. Awkward goggles? Check. Pink plastic Swatch watch? Check. Michael Jackson-style glove? Check. Outfit purchased at the thrift store? Check. Self esteem much higher than situation warrants? Check. ‘I’m ready, let’s hit the road!'”
(submitted by Sara)
“This was me in 8th grade, in ’92 or ’93. I don’t know what is worse: the perm, the ribbon, the tucked-in shirt that no sensible middle schooler would ever wear, the black shoes with white socks, the way-too-obvious black watch, the ’97 for my graduating year or the fact that I was trying to look cool. Epic fail!”
(submitted by Dola)