Stock photos always generate so many questions. Are these even real humans? Who came up with these ridiculous poses? Who's getting paid for portraying life this way? Parenting stock photos can be even more ridiculous than regular stock photos, featuring unlikely situations where everyone looks plastically happy and the settings are unnaturally clean, adding even more pressure on us real parents to appear "stock photo perfect." For that reason alone, these 11 parenting stock photos need to be deleted from the internet forever. No, seriously. Forever, for all our sakes.
The parenting stock photos that annoy me and simultaneously crack me up the most are the ones where babies would surely not behaving that way in real life. For example, the pictures with an 18 month old sitting within arm's reach of a "full" coffee cup? Yeah, that doesn't end well in the real world, my friends. Or how about the photos in which the baby (not a newborn, mind you) is wearing a hat inside while the dad is wearing a way-too-small shirt to show off his bulging muscles? Yeah, that representation of parenthood is just inexplicable.
I know stock photos are supposed to simply demonstrate a situation, but you'd think the companies would hire a few parents as the creative directors, right? I mean, there's just no need to make us feel like we should all be young, happy, and calm all the time, even when the babies and children are clearly losing their minds.