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The “Impossible” Family Portrait is Suddenly Possible

Hair styles may come and go (remember the Rachel?) and clothes can be ‘so cool’ one day and ‘so over’ the next. But some things are forever, like lasting family memories. A recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive online found that Americans crave more of these images. At 49%, nearly half wished they took more family pictures and 75% said displaying family portraits in their home was very important to them.

Photos evoke memories. Most of us can look at a picture and remember the tiniest details from the day; like the itchy collar of your shirt or the little brother who refused to stand still.

In our fast-paced world, though, many of us are separated by long distances and pulled in a million different directions by our crazy, busy schedules. One in four Americans (24%) say they haven’t taken a family portrait in the past few years because most or all of their family members lives far away.

But not every family member is the top choice for a snap. The poll also found that more people preferred to include pets in their family portraits over their in-laws, step-parents and other extended family!

Now the family portrait is getting a major make-over. Contemporary photographer John Clang has found a solution to bridge the distance and allow more frequent photos—even for families scattered all over the globe. That sister in Japan you only see every few years? She can now join the rest of you in a photo. Your cousin serving in Afghanistan? He’s in.

“With technology like Skype, I can assemble family members separated by time and space,” says Clang. “This gives them a moment to be together for a family portrait and a memory that will last a lifetime—something unheard of 10 years ago.”


Why not share your story to win an “impossible” family portrait of your own? We’re asking you to tell us how your family stays in touch whenever you’re apart. Whether you’re using Skype for weekly catch-ups with the parents, to be present for loved ones’ major milestones or simply to surprise relatives from afar, we’d love for you to share your story with us.

The most compelling and original submission will win* the chance for your family to have its’ very own John Clang portrait and a trip to bring you and your relatives together. Visit to tell us how your family stays in touch via Skype and discover more family moments. We can’t wait to hear all the ways Skype is helping your family stay together!

*No purchase to enter. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (+D.C.) 18+. Ends July 22, 2013. Prize paid in the form of a $10,000 travel certificate. See full Official Rules for details.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Skype from June 25th–27th, 2013 among 2,074 adults ages 18 and older. It is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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