We've all seen it when flipping through Instagram; those perfect, cinematic portraits of pregnant women in enchanted forests, happy couples lounging on the beach, and girls posing like models in abandoned buildings. Don't you ever wonder how those photos came to be? Well, Brazilian wedding and family photographer Gilmar Silva has put together a brilliant series of 'behind-the-scenes' reveals that prove professional photoshoots are definitely not always what they seem - and we're not just talking about the amount of Photoshop that comes into play. The project, titled LUGARxPHOTO ('place and photo'), is both a humorous look at the lengths we go to get a decent shot, and an analysis of the illusions we perpetuate and often buy into through images of ourselves. Scroll down to see it all for yourself, and let us know in the comments if you laughed or cringed!

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mellenheadgirl head 1 year ago

That was probably really hard to get focused. Bravo

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Nancy E 1 year ago

I'm glad to see safety matters !

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Ok Ha-Neul 1 year ago

omigod what a little cutie pie

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Daria B 1 year ago

The dirty and messy reality of a beautifully elegant piece.

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UniversalMel 1 year ago

That came out really pretty

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

Love that idea! Just in case her big horse decided to get up lol

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Frida Ohlson 1 year ago

Good job keeping that smile in that Cold water

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Tracy Moorhead 1 year ago

That's very sweet!

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anarkzie 1 year ago

That ones really nice

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mellenheadgirl head 1 year ago

I wonder what the people passing by on the road thought...

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Tony Moon 1 year ago

I don'[ see the problem, this is humanity at its finest and most real. this is life. Why be so Victorian about a woman doing the one thing she is most capable of doing, being a mother? Grow up. This is a wonderful shot.

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Maria Bjørkgård 1 year ago

lol I love this one!

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Heather Davis 1 year ago

awesome.. i love a photographer that can "see" things that will look very cool

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Captain Planet 1 year ago

It's really interesting. The longer I look the more I discover. Witht hat aperture you couldn't never get the reflection in the water to look so sharp and the background blurred. Looks really unatural. There's alot of cutting and moving of elements as well in this photo. Also the depth of field change from the place they are standing is changing WAY too fast if you look into the distance. It's way to abrupt. Everything is constructed. Not just some colors.

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Captain Planet 1 year ago

This is actually pretty original.

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Cat on a bike 1 year ago

yuck that water !!!

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

oh man how awkward lol. Hopefully the petals made it more comfortable for her to lay down!

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Last2Know 1 year ago

So u go here and it doesn't look nearly as magical as the brochure made it seem ;-)

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Cip IESAN 1 year ago

But why eliminating the nice barrel from the pic?

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Tracy Moorhead 1 year ago

Cute little girl!!

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Tony Moon 1 year ago

I like the effect of this image.

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Diane Diamond 1 year ago

Gorgeous.

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Captain Planet 1 year ago

Hehe this isn't just post processing. This is straight up photoshopping shit in that wasnt there. Those bushes are in no way pink. XD

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Kubu 1 year ago

Good lord, that poor sky...

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Petra Christovová 1 year ago

Really interesting and original composition on this one.

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Melinda Burge 1 year ago

Pose might be a little odd, but her expression is so lovely and trusting. How could you guys be so unromantic?

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Nancy E 1 year ago

Sweet photo !

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Richard Campbell 1 year ago

beautiful lady. Love the perspective. wish I had this kind of talent.

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Richard Campbell 1 year ago

wow! looks angelic. Heavenly.

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Shiritoru 1 year ago

That one is funny. :)

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riley.girl 1 year ago

I love it! How adorable!

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MrGosslet 1 year ago

Doesn't matter how photo shopped this one is those rocks look painful.

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CozaEVE 1 year ago

baby shower

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Lisa Reuss 1 year ago

Very cool!

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Martin Forbes 1 year ago

What kind of sorcery did he use to know exactly when the couple were in the shot and when they were still in focus ?

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Foxy Lady 1 year ago

She has to drain her ears as soon as the photography is over. Nice

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Shiritoru 1 year ago

Crocheted dresses are in a trand in this area. The photo itself looks terrific.

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Foxy Lady 1 year ago

The beauty captured in wastes.. Still looking gorgeous!

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earringnut 1 year ago

i like that they're showing how hard it is for a pregnant woman to get off the ground. lol

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Lou Wow 1 year ago

What's the fascination with baby bumps? 😕

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Beverly Palmacci 1 year ago

Faux snow in...where are they...the Philippines? Great fairyland effect.

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Beverly Palmacci 1 year ago

That's nice. particularly like the "firefly" effect. Not sure if they are something in the atmosphere or added, but it works.

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earringnut 1 year ago

what is up up with these crocheted dresses? i want!!!

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Clinton Yew 1 year ago

it is kinda awesome how he manage to cropped out the image when it is a blue dress vs blue background...

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Beverly Palmacci 1 year ago

Must have required some manipulation as she is seated in the shadows!

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Diana CrunChewy Watson 1 year ago

I'm not as into this one. Even the finished product looks like a pregnant woman sitting next to a mud puddle. just my humble opinion.

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Susan Sweet 1 year ago

The picture of him taking the picture is better than the actual picture...lol!

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Maria Tag 1 year ago

Looks way too fake to look good.

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Amme Hodgson 1 year ago

Looks more like a corpse which has been dumped in the bush. Her head is lower than her feet, which means the camera was aiming from below her face - never flattering, no matter how slim you are. The angle makes her look as though she's grimacing instead of smiling. The blue roses look plastic and cheap. This photo lacks any complementing colours. If you're going to use a brown background, you should be accessorising with autumnal colours like reds, oranges and golds. Poor effort.

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