Dave and Pam Zaring thought they hired a professional photographer to capture some memories for their family. But the set of shots they ended up getting turned out to be memorable for a very different reason.

With warning up top that “this is NOT a joke,” the Missouri family shared on Facebook the photos that the photographer had hilariously — and accidentally — altered, according to Fox2:

The couple wrote:

Ok. This is NOT a joke. We paid a photographer, who claimed to be a professional, $2-250 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 – final product ?


So far, the family photos have been viewed close to 400,000 times since they were posted online.

Fox2 reports that, perhaps with an awareness of how some people can throw out thoughtless and cruel comments on social media, the family added on the post their wish to keep the responses light and fun:

Also putting this out there!! Please continue to keep this fun and silly, and be kind. In no way is this post meant to be vicious. It was worth the money we spent for the humor we received!!!! I hope y’all have laughed as hard as we have!!!!

They got their wish:

Now, the family that really looks like this:


Will always be remembered for looking like this:

The Zarings decided not to reveal the photographer’s name in their post, but a watermark on an image lists “Imagery by Lesa Hall,” according to Fox2. The station added that the photographer’s website and social media pages seem to be offline.

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