‘Am I dead?! Am I dreaming?! Am I a vampire?!’ She starts really worrying. ‘Here, let me try again.’: Husband hilariously pranks wife in spooky photo shoot, ‘My wife’s missing from these Polaroids’

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“To set the stage: I come in wearing my wife’s Christmas PJs.

She starts laughing at me. I ask her to take two Polaroid pictures of me. She grabs the film, opens the box (important detail), and loads it into the camera. She was laughing pretty hard at how ridiculous I looked.

I sit next to her and say, ‘let’s take a picture together’…

Polaroid of man taking selfie looking to his side
Joe Penna

So we touch noses, and I take the picture above.


She says, ‘That’s super weird, we were touching noses. How did you miss me!?’

I say, ‘Here, let me try again…’

Polaroid of bed with grey pillow
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So I take this photo. She starts FREAKING OUT.

I say, ‘Okay. Let me take it from farther away…’

Polaroid of made bed
Joe Penna

I snap this photo which SHE’S NOT IN AGAIN!!

She starts really worrying about this… she says, ‘Am I dead?! Am I dreaming?! Am I a vampire?!’

(note: she’s allergic to garlic)

She inspects the camera, turning it every which way etc. I say, ‘There isn’t a ‘remove wife from this photo’ option on a Polaroid, Sarah! How would I be doing this?! Here take a selfie.’

So she does…

Polaroid not fully developed with woman sitting on bed
Joe Penna

It develops like this. Still freaking out, she takes a picture of me.

Man smiling in polaroid wearing a onesie
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It develops 100% normal.

She’s about to lose it.

Finally, taking pity on her, I explain what I did.

Little boy holding white polaroid camera up to his face
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While she was out at a dinner, I coaxed our 3-year-old to take the photos of me from her vantage point in the bed.

I took the rest of the photos without her from my vantage point on the bed.

Polaroid picture of man coming out of camera
Joe Penna

I took digital pictures of the Polaroids with my phone, to study / replicate my swan positions later.

Under a red light, I reloaded the Polaroids into the cartridge, then glued the box back together so she would open a ‘new’ box and load the film herself.

As she was taking the pictures, the already-exposed Polaroids were coming out one by one.

I honestly didn’t think it would get as far as it did…

My wife, as a grown woman, thought she was dead or a vampire for a solid 5 seconds.”

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Man in polaroid wearing a onesie posing with arms out and leg raised in air
Joe Penna

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