Photographer Suzanne Heintz Takes Photos With Mannequin Family For 14 Years, And Yes, We're Still In Love With This Woman — PHOTOS

Fourteen years ago, conceptual photographer Suzanne Heintz was sick and tired of people asking her when she getting get married, and of the unspoken implication that there must be something wrong with a woman who remains single past a certain point in her life. On her website, Heintz recalls the moment that finally made her take action:

For over a decade, Heintz has photographed her mannequin family, in situations ranging from the everyday, to holiday celebrations, to a family vacation in Paris. The images of Heintz with her “husband” Chauncey and “daughter” Mary Margaret are both hilarious and thought provoking, highlighting the artificiality that lies at the heart of cultural demands that women be “perfect” wives and mothers. In an essay for BoredPanda, Heintz explains her thinking behind the project,

The performance art project follows Heintz's "family" through many stages of life, from the exciting early days of courtship and marriage to the malaise of the everyday.

Photos in the series commemorate family-centric holidays, including a festive trip to the hospital:

The happy family has even vacationed in Paris:

In a dramatic turn of events, Heintz ended up leaving her mannequin husband in Paris (he was too expensive to ship home). She thought she might be done with the project, but after six months decided to jump start it again—beginning with a vow renewal, naturally:

On her blog, Heintz writes of the elaborately staged "wedding," saying that, although the whole thing was meant as a satire of our culture's obsession with weddings and perfection, it ended up being unexpectedly meaningful when some elements failed to go according to plan. She describes,

In addition to photography, Heintz is also working on a film series inspired by the project. Check out the trailers for the first and second parts of what will eventually be a trilogy:

Images: Courtesy of Suzanne Heintz