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Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos
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Photography, Social Issues7 years ago

Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos

Susan Copich, actress and a mother of two from New York, has taken a dark humor approach towards traditional family photos with a series of daring images entitled “Domestic Bliss.”

Copich spent years taking family portraits, but when she reached her mid-forties, she realized that she was missing from almost every photo. That’s when she decided to take things into her own hands, creating photo ideas that would reflect all of her feelings – even the ambiguous or negative ones.

If you’ve met me, I have a very seemingly sunny disposition, but I have a whole interior world where at different times I’ve felt depression and angst. For many years, I put it in a little ball, and I decided to just explore it this time. It’s been so fun to bring those feelings into photoshoot ideas and give them light,” she says. Each of these darkly funny photos has what Susan calls a ‘twist of darkness’ that challenges the ordinary perception of happiness of the family members.

More info: susancopich.com | Facebook (h/t: petapixel)

Witching Hour

Copyright Susan Copich

Toy

Copyright Susan Copich

Sugar Rush

Copyright Susan Copich

Baggage

Copyright Susan Copich

Mommy Time

Copyright Susan Copich

Bath Time

Copyright Susan Copich

Spare The Rod

Copyright Susan Copich

Old Habits

Copyright Susan Copich

Let Go

Copyright Susan Copich

Anger Management

Copyright Susan Copich

Spilt Milk

Copyright Susan Copich

Happy Days

Copyright Susan Copich

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alwaysbored
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7 years ago

I like how the dad is this mysterious entity (with face never shown)...

KatoPinteru
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7 years ago

I like how the dad has seriously scorching hot abs

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YveLee
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7 years ago

I interpret this as satire, poking fun at the moms who take sexy selfies and etc. while being oblivious to their children in the background.

LauraRodz
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7 years ago

It almost looks like it's defending those moms as they have lives and thoughts of their own outside of their children.

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AndrewWerling
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7 years ago

Very clever and fun, except the dog one. Don't like the dog one. Because cute dog. However, it does capture brilliantly the mood.

AndrijaMrkaic
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7 years ago

Electrocuting the kids in the tub is alright, just don't hurt the cute dog.

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AleciaKorkowski
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7 years ago

What do I think? I think these are fantastic and we need to confront the romanticized stereotypes of marriage and family more often.

LeahArtist
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7 years ago

Yeh because the divorce rates don't adequaltely reflect it ... *rolls eyes*

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JacquelineBale-Johnson
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7 years ago

Typical family situations and the Mother's face and eyes show the emotions that she is experiencing. I can relate to these and love her work

MjBerman
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7 years ago

agreed

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LindaTeuling-Stuteville
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7 years ago

Definitely dark.

СтевоСерафимов
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7 years ago

Fantastic made pictures. I am excited with the movement and anticipation in all of them.

Marko Medić
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7 years ago

Тачно, Стево, мама је права умјетница!!!!

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VeronikaVidlakova
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7 years ago

fantastic! i'm also a mother of two & can absolutely follow these feelings. great job! i bet it's been a great therapy & fun for all 4 of u

ValerieThomas
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7 years ago

Far more interesting than the always perfect Pinterest moms with perfect pictures and perfect scrapbooks and perfect hair and perfect cloth.

FeeLee
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7 years ago

These are hilarious and fantastic.

MilosJanic
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7 years ago

PLEASE! ATENTION! All Unitedstatians! Take your ADHD medicine and calm down. These are pictures not real life. The kids are not in danger.

LauraDobbins-Lemons
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7 years ago

You can say "Americans" - I mean "Unitedstatians"? Really!!! The phots evoke emotions and in AMERICA we have what's called freedom of Speech

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SherryDiamond
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7 years ago

controversial, shocking, and pushing the limits of artistic integrity ... but I like them!

MartinChaitanya
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7 years ago

wow! nice idea and i like the sexy mom!!!!!

KarenPoltera
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7 years ago

Absolutely brilliant!!! Clever clever lady, so much to read into each photo, so wonderful!!

MichaleMilburn-Jones
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7 years ago

I love the fact that she can express her feelings through her art form. I am sure there are many women out there who can agree!

NomiMoore
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7 years ago

Brilliant! Let's stop being afraid of the benevolent dark in us and shed some light on being human; lest we let it turn malevolent.

ThomasMoore
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7 years ago

they definitely stir emotions- great concept, and disturbingly beautiful

JaimeLorino
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7 years ago

What we all really think deep down...there are no illusions here♡

BernadetteMarie
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7 years ago

Love dark comedy. Light, heavy & fun. Brilliant work.

BarbMulcahy
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7 years ago

I'd like to know how the mirror between the windows in "Sugar Rush" was done. If only people could see what we are thinking sometimes......

SarahStoneStenhoff
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7 years ago

It's probably from a second photo and then 'comp'ed into the image in Photoshop - or another editor - afterwards.

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JudiRomak
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7 years ago

BRAVO! <3

KathyAllen
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7 years ago

AWESOME! love the dark humor!

karlacampos
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7 years ago

Badass, love :)

EricaHeisler
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6 years ago

Failed model desperately seeking notoriety....

EricaHeisler
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6 years ago

What a whore this woman is.

EricaHeisler
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6 years ago

She's a whore.

RogerHarman
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7 years ago

Very well executed series of images... Sally Mann with a modern twist.

NicoleWebb
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7 years ago

I can totally see the art concept behind them, but her kids are going to need therapy! Some of this is insanely inappropriate.

LynneFindley
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7 years ago

She lives in Brooklyn, right?

Defnotbored
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7 years ago

She was just DRYING the mat not electrocuting the kids lol

DebrahTigerpatra
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7 years ago

Is he rlly the dad. Or just a toyyyyyy

AnnieBevill
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7 years ago

The father is left out probably because the photos are a result to a husband not involved?

DaelPage
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7 years ago

Love them and think many could relate. She has artistically captured the mood.

DavidGans
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7 years ago

Wow!

DonaldDavidson
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7 years ago

I love them! these are great.

AsphaltCowboy
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7 years ago

She has my vote

CramMahneddah
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7 years ago

I think it's an amazing representation of what most mothers feel at times but are too afraid to speak about them. Brilliant project!

CandyPalmer
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7 years ago

It's a humorous view of our dark side as moms. I know I've wanted to ring the dogs neck on more then one occasion. Wine is my best friend

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7 years ago

The raw but strong message behind these photos is brilliant, it's the terrifying truth that no one has dear published or made public before

SaundraFitzgerald
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7 years ago

Brilliant!

DianeDeller
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7 years ago

Love em.

ShannonCooley
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7 years ago

Absolutely loving it....such an art.

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7 years ago

Awesome

IrisLopez
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7 years ago

really cool work!!!

KellyScholl
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7 years ago

So, I'm looking and going "ew, no!" Then I realize it's b/c it's a bit TOO real for me... like, too familiar a feeling...

PeterGowdy
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7 years ago

Wow. Fantastic art.

KimDarling
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7 years ago

Brilliant !

Beth Hayfield
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4 years ago

Can't decide whether it's clever satire, or just trying a little too hard.....

PolarisKyo
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6 years ago

Awesome!! +_+

MarkJames
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6 years ago

Great artist. Love the series!!

EricaHeisler
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6 years ago

What a fucking whore Susan Copich is.

AnnRos'a
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6 years ago

The "Witching Hour" little girl sipping on the wine bottle-- "s m h"

GlenSaunders
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6 years ago

The dog and electrocuting the kids was pushing the envelope a bit but still funny and true......

GlenSaunders
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6 years ago

The dog and electrocuting the kids was pushing the envelope a bit. Still funny and a bit true.

RoseSchwindt-McDonald
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6 years ago

She has a squeezo! That is the second one I have ever seen other than mine! (which use to be my parents)

KelleyAcevedo
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7 years ago

I think it was very raw and real. We live in such a cynical, politically correct world. It me want to scream.

AngieMcCormickRicketts
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7 years ago

Perfect brilliance. The father notices nothing. She captured The Witching Hour with stunning perfection. I need a damn calendar.

AngieMcCormickRicketts
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7 years ago

What's not to love. She captured the Witching Hour with stunning accuracy. I need a damn calendar.

CiaraSingleton
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7 years ago

White people are crazy

AustinWWW
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7 years ago

This brings back such warm memories of my childhood....

FranzPattison
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7 years ago

i think the over-posed nature and copy-paste blank stare of the mother is irritating and doesn't add to the effectiveness of the image.

JeanieBurdi
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7 years ago

Twisted...a lot of laughs

JerolynBenson
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7 years ago

Homework time ... so many times, been there, done that .... :-(

ZöeWheeler
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7 years ago

Bloody funny!

ZöeWheeler
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7 years ago

Bloody funny!

BrerlouKing
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7 years ago

Mommy needs to take her meds. It's not that bad, really! Most women do it quite joyfully. Depression turns simple routines into mountains.

LauraHoey
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7 years ago

Picture with Mom crushing tomatoes - there's a photo on the wall above the daughter, check out what it is ;-)

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7 years ago

I love them!

Caitlin Beaumont-Middleton
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7 years ago

There is no dad, he walked out in 'baggage'

CaitlinBeaumont-Middleton
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7 years ago

In 'baggage' the 'dad' is walking out, so there is no dad

ChristineQuintanilla
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7 years ago

Spare the rod picture is hung up in mommy time picture by the girl eating Campbell's soup

DanielZagoFurii
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7 years ago

Funny, witty, just really amazing work!

LuxuriaA.
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7 years ago

Good idea, terrible execution.

MariaMorozova
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7 years ago

"Happy days" is so much true!

VickyGibbins
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7 years ago

I like the satire of them, and the different emotions that are obviously conveyed. I feel in a couple of the pics mum Could've been happier.

LoranZutic
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7 years ago

most of them are crazy l like it! :) some of them just have no sense ...

SimonRutherford
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7 years ago

These are awsome! I can see a lot of my girlfriend in these images! LoL

Heydude
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7 years ago

Shock value bores me.

Diego Hyntu
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7 years ago

excelente!

SuzanneVonHacht
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7 years ago

Absolutely love them!!!!

JMichaelJohnson
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7 years ago

OMG I LOVE THESE!

Dana Stevens
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7 years ago

I love it!!! So creative.

DanaStevens
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7 years ago

Love it!! So creative.

TommyLe
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7 years ago

Honestly I think it is trashy ! Will children be proud of Mom when they grow up like that ? No, thanks ! My Mom doesn't raise me to be a slu

AlmaHammond
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7 years ago

Love it!

JesseIzdepski
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7 years ago

This is awesome!

AaronMcCarthy
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7 years ago

Love it. Great photos. She represents everything we feel as parents.

KatieDowling
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7 years ago

Surprisingly disturbing!

DavidMcMillan
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7 years ago

Brilliant!

RenéPrietoPolymeris
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7 years ago

I love

Maria Paz Maldonado
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7 years ago

(y)

Fiona Liston
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7 years ago

I dont see how pretending to break the dogs neck is even remotely funny. Too much time on her hands.

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7 years ago

I think these are sick and disgusting! Looks like someone needs therapy and so will her kids!!

JanineMclaughlin
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7 years ago

i love them

SamRoark
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7 years ago

I never enjoy seeing children used in this kind of humor. I find it sad. I get her point though, and these pics are well thought out.

Keli Cook
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7 years ago

I love these photos. Deficiently depicts this life of hers and once upon a time my own.

KeliCook
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7 years ago

These pictures depict this life. I love it.

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7 years ago

Great photography! Love this kind of dark humor.

UlisesArgueta
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7 years ago

What a sick bitch

AngelaOcelloMonasseri
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7 years ago

Sick bitch but I think I like her

NancyHamdan
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7 years ago

I can totally relate to most of these. I've been putting on my happy face for most of my life.

Joel Harris
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7 years ago

The whole thing is brilliant. Good on you for actually getting everyone to stand so still. Fucking awesome.

Kina Heather
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7 years ago

I think there may be some truth in these photos. :-)

KinaHeather
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7 years ago

I think there may be some truth in the photos. Lol.

David Fisher
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7 years ago

Wonder what sort of scenes the kids would like to set up?................. Time is on their side, unless mum has other ideas...........x

JoelHarris
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7 years ago

Brilliant...

DugoNore
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7 years ago

Delightful… move to Authentic… well done Susan!

Katie O'Grady
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7 years ago

F'ing Brilliant, Dark, Hilarious, Thought-Provoking.... Job Well Done... ;-)

KatieO'Grady
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7 years ago

F'ing brilliant, dark, hilarious and thought-provoking!

Sledgeman
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7 years ago

The picture on the wall in mommy time it the spare the rod photo.

Sledgeman
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7 years ago

The picture on the wall in mommy time is spare the rod photo.

JamieMcCray
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7 years ago

Fantastic images! She has a talent.

JanuarySummer
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7 years ago

I loved it! *smiles* lol

MicheleColburn
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7 years ago

Sometimes she nails it. Others are just too formulaic. Success lies in subtlety.

MattEdgar
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7 years ago

awesome!

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7 years ago

Existence moves in mysterious ways.

KayleneCampbell
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7 years ago

LOVE

Bianca Dicotteo
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7 years ago

Timothy I saw guns an coke ....lol! But the six PAC held my gaze the longest looooool

Bianca Dicotteo
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7 years ago

The real truth behind every step-ford wife,,,,,,drugs drink an toy boys,,, lol but saw my life in someone else pictures! I now need a drink

BiancaDicotteo
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7 years ago

My life in pictures,,,only a real women can relate to the struggle of being the 'perfect' mum wife lover cleaner friend! Shit I need a drink

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7 years ago

pretty much garbage.

AndreaMcDavid
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7 years ago

dark humour?...this is fatal irony...crying over spilt milk...in happy days, she is the servant..dreams to nightmares. welcome to motherhood

LovingJanHannes
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7 years ago

THE HAIR DRYER in BATH TIME made my day :-)))

EddieByrne
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7 years ago

Did you spot the mirror in Sugar rush :P

ShareeRangel
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7 years ago

Brilliant!

Edward Sant
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7 years ago

Certainly thought provoking, especially nice mise en scene.

LyndaLyons
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7 years ago

Wonderful photos! I especially liked Bathtime and Witching Hour. Genuis.

daveguy1
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7 years ago

Is there any hypocrisy in the contrast between her willing embrace of her obvious affluence and her derisive attitude toward that affluence?

DavidHilton
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7 years ago

great work! keep it coming...

Carey DiCapua
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7 years ago

I liked them, they're artistic and well thought out with a sense of humor to them. :)

CareyDiCapua
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7 years ago

Very artistic, humorous as well! :))

JennieCorbin
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7 years ago

Love this lol, totally didn't notice the gun haha My favs would have to be witching hour, toy and Happy days

DianneCrockett
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7 years ago

The drugs in old habits! Rolled up money for snorting

CherylAikins
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7 years ago

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND!!! FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE I GOT IT! I REALLY GOT IT!! AND YES.... yes, I got it. I'm not the only one....

DmitriyTereshenkov
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7 years ago

Zhostko! Zachot! I mamaska nichego eshcho :-D

JohnEss
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7 years ago

Nice!

Gramary Oldham
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7 years ago

Disturbingly creative! Great photos!

JohnDoucette
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7 years ago

I laughed all through each pic. She has a BLACK sense of humour... Wonderful!

JessicaFischer
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7 years ago

I love that she's holdinga hairdryer in bath time

FayEd
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7 years ago

Looks like a cynical, too cool to be real and the damage is not unmentionable but deadly serious....hope the kids belong to somebody else.

PippaGordon
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7 years ago

Very funny! Of course the man is her husband that's the point isn't it, the silightly absent man, coming and going? Great work.

AnthonyValli
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7 years ago

amazing beautiful work i felt every picture in my hart

GaynorWright
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7 years ago

Oh we have all been there mentally whats the issue. Most likely a very mentally balance family... move on!!! love you work girl :)

DejanRadovanovic
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7 years ago

SHE IS FANTASTIC!!!

MelissaWiertz
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7 years ago

AweSome

JackVeasey
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7 years ago

I think they're a scream.

Parkbot
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7 years ago

This woman has a protean face... killer sense of humor -- I'm a fan!

JakeGittes
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7 years ago

Anyone else notice "Spare the Rod" on the wall in the background in "Mommy Time" ??

EliudSepulveda
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7 years ago

Love all of them. It just speaks what most people would like to say or so but they don't. Bravo!

MaryWood
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7 years ago

I want to be her best friend!

DedeDeVine
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7 years ago

lol hysterical

JohnHighstreet
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7 years ago

Awesome.

JeannetteZielinski
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7 years ago

Awesome funny =)

JeuneseRona
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7 years ago

Not the least bit "humorous." Dark, but not humorous.

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7 years ago

These damned awesome photos!!! I love her sense of humor and honesty!!

SharonKarpinski
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7 years ago

I think the bath scene is beyond wonderful and into seriously disturbed. The noose at the breakfast table is normal angst, comparatively

susafo
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7 years ago

Hilarious and so different. I love it :)

Daumants Brūniņš
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7 years ago

Susan you are so brave to shate this with others. My story could be different, but still I also have one as everyone. Photos are gorgeous.

BruceRothstein
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7 years ago

Great

RonaldoMarchetto
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7 years ago

Uma mulher ridícula e sem criatividade. Já indicaram um psiquiatra para ela?

MariaFelix
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7 years ago

I like them, yes, they are dark, but I definitly like them, congratulations on expressing so much in just one picture

SheriPouncey
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7 years ago

she looks a lot like Chelsea Handler

LeiaMonDragon
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7 years ago

awesome

DavidSilberstein
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7 years ago

I felt bath time was in poor taste. Too close

CaesarAdkerson
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7 years ago

I think she could be Betty Bowers (america's best christian) sister!

JoeHarvath
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7 years ago

this is funny but if she twisted the dog's neck and killed it out of anger then I am sorry about that.

JonathanGoldsmith
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7 years ago

wish I had a pool boy.....

SimonRobson
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7 years ago

brilliant

Jessica Lowe
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7 years ago

Wow. Looks like honesty :)

Olga Pešić
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7 years ago

original

OlgaPešić
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7 years ago

original

Shelly Soukup
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7 years ago

Immensely truly dark and understandable, recognizable. I'm there too.

ShellySoukup
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7 years ago

Immensely truly dark. But recognizable.

ama2014
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7 years ago

You had me at pool boy.

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7 years ago

I just wanted to ask why the dad can not have abs? I thought that the woman in the family carries the babies for 9 months, not the dad :D

Enk
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7 years ago

Who gives a crap about Dad?! These photos ROCK! I'm sure they are being FB messaged/ emailed from Mom to Mom by the thousands right now! TY!

JulieCraig
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7 years ago

Just Wow! This is art photography at its finest! Really makes the viewer think!

Johnny Yaughn
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7 years ago

You have any feeling you want, they are yours. Don't involve your children in scenes like these. If you feel like this they already know.

motherof5
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7 years ago

I have 5 girls, I believe this is a great idea, maybe not the guns, but atleast she's being honest and showing how she feels!

motherof5
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7 years ago

I absolutely love thus idea, as a mother of 5 beautiful girls ages 25, 15, 10 and 2 year old twins I'm absolutely going to do this!

AndewDavis
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7 years ago

Soccer Mom with nothing better to do? Maybe your children should be the focus of a photo series instead of yourself next time.

SenoraMaria
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7 years ago

Soooo agle

veravita
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7 years ago

truelife in a good synthesis

LeonardLiesens
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7 years ago

Très décalé. J'adore :-)

veravita
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7 years ago

good synthesis of domestic situations. Very interesting

AlexLutsenko
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7 years ago

like

Lynn Lawson
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7 years ago

Stupid and daddy dear bites his fingernails.. an ugly habit. Mr. Abs doesn't.

LynnLawson
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7 years ago

Stupid IMHO. That's all.

CharlesBalo
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7 years ago

Brilliant