A mum caught her little girl giving the camera her middle finger during a family photoshoot on her wedding day.
33-year-old mum-of-four Hannah Early had organised the professional shoot for her wedding day back in November, 2018, and was excited to get her family together. However, while Hannah, from Old Bar, New South Wales, Australia, posed in her white dress holding a bouquet of flowers, holding the hand of her now-husband Nathan Earley, 31, she noticed one of her four daughters was swearing at the camera.
Three-year-old Maddison decided the photographer snapping away was the perfect opportunity to show off the ‘new trick’ she had learnt, and put her finger up to the camera – making the photo truly unforgettable, just not quite for the reasons Hannah had thought. Hannah said: ‘It was a beautiful day and I was so excited about the wedding. I’d hired a photographer to take some photos of everyone.
‘At that point, we’d just had the ceremony, and then we decided to go off to the side to have some family photos taken.
‘All of a sudden she just popped it up to show everyone. There were lots of people standing around watching her, so I think she just thought why not do it. ‘She had learned that little trick just a few days before but had no idea what it meant. But she knew that she would get a strong reaction from it. ‘All my wedding guests who were watching us get the photos done started cracking up laughing. I’ll never forget it.’
While the professional photographer ended up deleting the image, Hannah’s sister Sharon luckily had been snapping away the entire time and managed to capture the moment on camera. Community strengthening officer Hannah said the ‘whole family’ cracked up laughing when they saw the photograph – and her other kids Ashton, 15, Tyler, 8, and Halle, 5, all thought their little sister was hilarious.
Hannah said this was not the first time Maddison had made the obscene gesture and had made a habit of it after witnessing a family friend doing it a few days before the wedding. She even popped up her middle finger during a ‘girls selfie’ at her sister Halle’s graduation from day care – just two weeks after the wedding photo was captured. The mum added that Maddison had ‘absolutely no idea’ what it meant but said she must have thought it was funny because it always evoked a strong reaction from people. Thankfully nowadays she has stopped putting her middle finger up – with Hannah admitting she is ‘relieved’ that the phase is over.
She said: ‘She did it for nearly a month straight. It was funny but I’m glad she’s stopped doing it now. ‘It was really hard not to have a giggle, but I didn’t want her to think it was okay. I had to always turn away from her and laugh so she wouldn’t see me.
‘Everyone thought it was hilarious. It is definitely something to remember. ‘She is such a character and is very outgoing. She makes me laugh every day. ‘It will be funny for all of us to look back on one day when she is older.’