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 interesting pictures came to be? Well, a professional photographer from Brazil 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 photo editing that comes into play. The project, titled LUGARxPHOTO ('place and photo'), is both a humorous look at the lengths we go to get beautiful photos and an analysis of the illusions we perpetuate and often buy into through images of ourselves. Scroll down to see the clever photo manipulations for yourself, and let us know in the comments if you laughed or cringed at these photo ideas!

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mellenheadgirl head
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2 years ago

That was probably really hard to get focused. Bravo

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Nancy E
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2 years ago

I'm glad to see safety matters !

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Ok Ha-Neul
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2 years ago

omigod what a little cutie pie

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Daria B
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2 years ago

The dirty and messy reality of a beautifully elegant piece.

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UniversalMel
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2 years ago

That came out really pretty

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Caitlyn McCracken
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2 years ago

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

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Frida Ohlson
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2 years ago

Good job keeping that smile in that Cold water

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Tracy Moorhead
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2 years ago

That's very sweet!

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anarkzie
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2 years ago

That ones really nice

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mellenheadgirl head
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2 years ago

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

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Tony Moon
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

lol I love this one!

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Heather Davis
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2 years ago

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

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Captain Planet
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

This is actually pretty original.

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Cat on a bike
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2 years ago

yuck that water !!!

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Caitlyn McCracken
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2 years ago

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

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Last2Know
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

But why eliminating the nice barrel from the pic?

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Tracy Moorhead
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2 years ago

Cute little girl!!

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Tony Moon
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2 years ago

I like the effect of this image.

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Diane Diamond
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2 years ago

Gorgeous.

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Captain Planet
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Good lord, that poor sky...

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Petra Christovová
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2 years ago

Really interesting and original composition on this one.

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Melinda Burge
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

Sweet photo !

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Richard Campbell
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2 years ago

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

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Richard Campbell
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2 years ago

wow! looks angelic. Heavenly.

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Shiritoru
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2 years ago

That one is funny. :)

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riley.girl
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2 years ago

I love it! How adorable!

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MrGosslet
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2 years ago

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

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CozaEVE
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2 years ago

baby shower

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Lisa Reuss
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2 years ago

Very cool!

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Martin Forbes
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Shiritoru
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2 years ago

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

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Foxy Lady
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2 years ago

The beauty captured in wastes.. Still looking gorgeous!

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earringnut
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

What's the fascination with baby bumps? 😕

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Beverly Palmacci
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2 years ago

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

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Beverly Palmacci
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Clinton Yew
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Diana CrunChewy Watson
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2 years 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
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2 years ago

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

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Maria Tag
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2 years ago

Looks way too fake to look good.

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Amme Hodgson
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2 years 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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