Antifam: Grey Towers Family Photoshoot Bloopers

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Antifam: Grey Towers Family Photoshoot Bloopers by Zorz Studios

I need a break! All these posey normal family images… Get a load of bloopers from a recent Grey Towers family photoshoot, along with witty captions.

Alright, two breaks. First, a break from the abundance of maternity sessions I did past summer with yet a few cool more picked for publishing. Second, and foremost, I also did a fair number of family shoots but you know how they go… Everyone wants the best-looking shots, and photographers want to show the most attractive ones to — just that — attract more business.

Shooting in Poconos

I did this Grey Towers family photoshoot for Marianna who is in my community in Poconos for the time being. We have a lot of NY/NJ friends in common, including those I worked with in NYC area. I came recommended. It’s fascinating how I, after moving to the woods two years ago, still end up bumping into so many clients or their friends who have summer houses here. I did not count on this bonus.

Poconos offer a spectacularly wide range of photo opportunities. I’m only starting to discover them, especially those offering a different feel for my urban clientele. We opted for the Grey Towers historic site in Milford, PA.

The Challenge

The shoot only took one hour. Marianna knew something when she doubted her kids would last longer… And yes, it was quite a venture to get them to cooperate. Imagine one kid having a strong opinion on a family photoshoot. Now double it. And now, imagine a split second both of them happen to react to a funny noise I made up to get their attention but alas, one (or both) of the parents is still busy trying hard to help me. He/she is talking, pointing, sighing, or rolling eyes.


Rest assured, a rare family avoids this conundrum. That’s why I always appeal to the parents not to help me this way and just glue their eyes on me, letting me snatch those elusive moments of child(ren) at least looking into the camera, if not smiling to my silly faces and sounds.

Gag Reel

Thankfully, still I got plenty of clean and lovely shots from this Grey Towers family photoshoot but I don’t want to make them the topic this time. You’ve seen tons of them already. When going through this shoot, I kept thinking of those gag reels that the movie and show producers through in after the end credits.

Here’s your flipside of family photography — the hilarious, raw, and unpretentious outtakes which usually do not see the light of day. Call them “anti family portraits” if you will. For an added kick, I added a witty narrative. Curious what other captions people would think of. 🙂

Comics Roots

By the way, this comics-like touch reminded me of a creative project I did for my EngagEd 2015 contest couple that won a free engagement session. The speech bubbles aren’t quite new to my body of work, and they go way back to my ‘teens when I played with my own comics.

Published with Marianna’s approval. 🙂 Enjoy!

Normal Stuff

The family got a different set, of course. In fact, they have not even seen these outtakes. They were going to trash… Here are a few of 200+ normal images they did receive:

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


  1. […] more disclaimer. You’ll see a few ridiculous photos. Not as many as in the humorously captioned recent collection, which I mocked as “antifam” (meaning the opposite of what family photography clients […]

  2. […] A side note on my choice of photos. I ended the day with over 1,300 images. Many were deleted as duplicates or technically faulty. The family is still getting hundreds of photos but when selecting the images for this story, I was not going by what most people would. See, to a photographer like me, most family photos are either beautiful or interesting. What is commonly deemed as “picture perfect” tends to lack interest (think of polished family portraits) whereas dynamic, intriguing, emotional shots are often shied away by people (“I look awful/silly here!”) Sometimes we struck gold with both qualities but as a dearting creative, I am leaning to the interesting ones, hence less of “normal” beautiful photos here. It is not because I didn’t take them, capisce? Want to see a pure interesting set from a family session? Check out this hilarious project called “Antifam”. […]

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