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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3 years ago

That was probably really hard to get focused. Bravo

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Miisa Seimola
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3 years ago

I like that the baby is really not being hold in air with a bit of cloth! Safer this way.

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Ok Ha-Neul
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3 years ago

omigod what a little cutie pie

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Daria B
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3 years ago

The dirty and messy reality of a beautifully elegant piece.

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UniversalMel
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3 years ago

That came out really pretty

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Cip IESAN
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3 years ago

This is not photography, but editing.

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Frida Ohlson
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3 years ago

Good job keeping that smile in that Cold water

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Tracy Moorhead
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3 years ago

That's very sweet!

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Tracy Moorhead
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3 years ago

Romantic!

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Lara B.
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3 years ago

Wow! I really didn't expect that...

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Vanja Timmers
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3 years ago

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Is it me, or is this a bit of a strange picture?

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Maria Bjørkgård
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3 years ago

lol I love this one!

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Heather Davis
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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

This is actually pretty original.

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Cat on a bike
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3 years ago

yuck that water !!!

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mellenheadgirl head
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3 years ago

That looks like a heck of a lot of photoshop for one piece of art...

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Lisa Reuss
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3 years ago

Gorgeous!

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Cip IESAN
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3 years ago

But why eliminating the nice barrel from the pic?

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Tracy Moorhead
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3 years ago

Cute little girl!!

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Cip IESAN
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3 years ago

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You should try also under the wedding dress!

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Diane Diamond
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3 years ago

Gorgeous.

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Captain Planet
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3 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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3 years ago

Good lord, that poor sky...

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Heather Johnson
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3 years ago

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Meh

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

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So odd looking

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

Sweet photo !

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Richard Campbell
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3 years ago

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

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Richard Campbell
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3 years ago

wow! looks angelic. Heavenly.

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Shiritoru
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3 years ago

That one is funny. :)

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riley.girl
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3 years ago

I love it! How adorable!

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MrGosslet
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3 years ago

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

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CozaEVE
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3 years ago

baby shower

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Lisa Reuss
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3 years ago

Very cool!

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Emilija Juškovė
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3 years ago

Name of that holder pls?

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Foxy Lady
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3 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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3 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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3 years ago

The beauty captured in wastes.. Still looking gorgeous!

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earringnut
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3 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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3 years ago

What's the fascination with baby bumps? 😕

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Shiritoru
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3 years ago

Winter straw. So romantic.

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Beverly Palmacci
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3 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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3 years ago

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

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Cat Lady
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3 years ago

She has spotted her prey...

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Beverly Palmacci
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3 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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3 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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Sabrina Holden
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3 years ago

Her left arm looks a little weird.

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Maria Tag
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3 years ago

Looks way too fake to look good.

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Shiritoru
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3 years ago

Sorry, but no. Either blue roses or dry leaves. The composition falls apart.

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