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11/18/2016 03:35 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2016

Dad Shares 'Authentic' Family Portrait And It's So Spot-On

This dad's holiday card photo shoot didn't go as planned.

A Pennsylvania dad is showing the world what an “authentic” family portrait looks like.

Jeff Frandsen posted a funny photo (below) from his family’s holiday card shoot on Reddit. As you can see, posing with his 10-month-old daughter and pet goldendoodle came with some challenges. 

Jeff Fransen posted a hilarious outtake from his family photo shoot.
Sam Interrante
Jeff Fransen posted a hilarious outtake from his family photo shoot.

The dad, who also works as a photographer, captioned the post “An authentic family portrait.”

Frandsen told The Huffington Post that his friend and fellow photographer, Sam Interrante, took the photo during their studio shoot in Lancaster on Monday.

“The image was totally spontaneous!” he said. “My daughter Emerson has an affinity for grabbing my glasses, and because of her being slightly behind my left shoulder ... I didn’t see her reaching!” 

Frandsen and his wife had their hands full with a goldendoodle and 10-month-old baby.
Sam Interrante
Frandsen and his wife had their hands full with a goldendoodle and 10-month-old baby.

He added that his wife Liz tried to interfere because she knew he literally had his hands full holding their dog, Frankie. “I had no protection against our spectacle-snatching daughter!” the dad joked. 

Frandsen said they ultimately didn’t choose the hilarious action shot for their Christmas card and instead opted for a more “traditional” photo.

“This year, I wanted to go for a mix between Norman Rockwell and American Gothic,” he explained. “I was imagining a serious-looking, straight-faced photograph to use for our Christmas card.”

Below is the final photo they selected.

This is the photo the Fransens selected for their Christmas card -- "a mix between Norman Rockwell and American Gothic.&
Sam Interrante
This is the photo the Fransens selected for their Christmas card -- "a mix between Norman Rockwell and American Gothic.”

He added, “I also wanted a photo that show’s Emme’s face, since this is our first card with her.”

Frandsen told HuffPost he showed the funny outtake to loved ones, who got a real kick out of it. 

“I wanted to share the image with Reddit because the laughs and joy it was bringing to my friends and family was something I wanted others to experience,” he said. “It’s been a crazy few weeks around this country, and a goofy family photo can only put a smile on one’s face, right?”

The dad hopes his family portrait makes others smile and laugh.
Sam Interrante
The dad hopes his family portrait makes others smile and laugh.
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