Fido is in. Mom, you’re out.
We’re talking about family portraits here.
According to a recent Skype poll conducted by Harris Interactive online, more people would rather choose their pets (56 percent) in a family photo than in-laws (50 percent), step-parents (41 percent) and some extended family like cousins (42 percent) or aunts/uncles (45 percent).
In recent years, family portraits have become more difficult to coordinate — whether it’s finding the time or the distance apart.
The study also found that nearly half (49 percent) of respondents wished they had more family portraits.
One in four (or 24 percent) of people said they haven’t taken a family portrait in recent years because most of all their family members live far away.
And 47 percent of people said family portraits are so important to them that they’d consider using technology in a way that allowed all of their long-distance relatives to be in one photo together — including the family pet.
Portrait artist John Clang hopes to change that with a new digital photo project.
He combines Skype video and his photography to unite families separated by thousands of miles. Take the above image where Clang captures a family portrait of Julia in Los Angeles together with her best friend and cousin in Brazil.
Click here to view more of his photos.
Clang also captured a family portrait of Denis in Pennsylvania together with his family in Uganda.
And then there’s the animal family portrait of Lindsay in America reunited with her beloved animals back in Australia, all made possible by Skype.
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Click the video below to learn more about Clang’s project.
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Keep in touch with your loved ones. Share a personal story with Skype for a chance to win a long-distance family portrait by John Clang and a trip to reunite in person! Click here to enter.
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