Family Photo Captures Manufactured Smiles in Manufactured Nature

No one is happy after a day of family photos, but at least everyone looks like it. 

No one is happy after a day of family photos, but at least everyone looks like it. 

If you are of a certain life stage, springtime can mean capturing your family's best side in a Christmas Card-worthy photograph, surrounded by nature.  

The Fassad family, however, has neither the temperament nor the desire to find a real moment of joy and fellowship in nature, so they faked it. 

"Getting the little one to smile in between fits can be brutal," said father Vineer Fassad. "We would rather just put him in front of the television so that his mother and I can check Instagram, but her mother insists on a holiday season card every year, so we have to force ourselves through this."

Selfy Fassad, Vineer's wife, was in the middle of scratching her leg and sneezing during most of the pictures. "I just don't understand why anyone would want to be out here," she said. "We did not move to Dallas to be in nature."

The Fassad family was joined by their photographer N. Abler at the Arboretum, where very little true nature can be experienced. "These curated, non-native plants and flowers are much more aesthetically pleasing when arranged by a professional," Abler said. "Who wants to risk taking a picture in actual nature, where anything can happen?"

"I am so glad they didn't let this area get too wild," Vineer said. "I have driven through some wild areas once, and there was like, no cell reception. It was awful. The grass is much softer, the trees much nicer, and the wildlife much more infrequent inside the fertilized and insecticide soaked walls of the Arboretum."

The photo shoot took over 7 hours, mostly due to the family's hatred for spending time together. "We are a much better family when we can spend all of our time with our own screens," Selfy commented. "During the photo shoot, we had to look at each other or the camera. It was hard to look happy when you have to do something like that."

After an entire day of shooting, bargaining, and Snapchat breaks, Abler was able to get three decent pictures from the Fassad family. Though none of the pictures contain any real nature or authentic smiles, there at least appears to be an unfocused green backdrop and the underlying disgust on the faces of the family is hidden.

"Every third or so family has a huge blow up, and this family was no different," Abler said. I'll never get why families put themselves through it."