It’s easy to say you’re a professional photographer these days. Good cameras are readily available and plenty of schools offer courses in photography. But owning a camera and taking a course does not automatically mean your pictures will turn out great.

One family from Missouri found this out the hard way. They probably should have spent a little more time researching the photographer they hired for their family photos. Either that or just used an iPhone on self-timer.

But some folks still like the tradition of taking professional photos, be it for a Christmas card, wall hangings, or just as keepsakes, and Dave and Pam Zaring though it would be the perfect way to celebrate their blended family.

Dave and Pam got married three years ago and each has a child from previous relationships. They say they were contacted by a woman claiming to be a professional photographer who was willing to photograph the new family together.

So Dave, Pam, their two sons Cade and Connor, and Dave’s mother Sharon all took a trip to Saint Louis to meet this photographer. They agreed to pay her $250 for the shoot and editing, and were promised that they would receive their finished family photos within a few months.

The finished product was not what they were expecting…