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Look, I get it: Stock photography is a thankless job. Capturing life’s most mundane moments — a not-so-sad desk salad, a team meeting, a morning run — in a way that stands out without looking stilted or surreal is tough!
Still, there’s absolutely no excuse for the fact that stock photographers have apparently never laid eyes on a shopping bag, somehow thinking that gift bags (you know, the kind you use to bring wine and/or fancy soaps to a friend’s housewarming) are the same thing.
Below, a few of my personal favorite offenders:
“Help, I bought too many decorative hatboxes!”
“Ooh, hit the mall? Where’d you go?”
All that tissue paper, and girlfriend couldn’t even figure out how to wrap anything. :(
“Oof, shopping at Hallmark is exhausting.”
Ah, the joyful face of someone who just blew her entire paycheck at Dots ‘R’ Us.
“Enjoy your new dress and also your graphic patterned boxes! We appreciate you shopping here at SALE.”
I, too, do all my shopping at The Christmas Store.
When your outfit says “startup bro” but your shopping says “aspiring old-fashioned candy shop owner.”
“Oh yeah, the bag? I know, it’s weird. I went in to grab a coffee and they just... they made me take it. Don’t stare directly at it. I’m not.”