Crafting the perfect Instagram photo is hard. You’ve got to worry about the little things—like your hair, clothing, and compositional framing—all while looking like you’re not actually posing. As Thailand-based photographer Chompoo Baritone showed us, it takes a village to create one of these portraits. In her series #slowlife, she zoomed out of the tight Instagram frame to show a less-than-flawless scene. Similar to her amusing images is the hilarious Boyfriends of Instagram, an account that showcases the behind-the-scenes boyfriends who make their girlfriends’ posts get all the likes. And from the looks of it, it’s not easy work.
Taken from afar, we gain intimate knowledge of how these pictures are made. There are many ridiculous positions that the boyfriends assume, all in the hopes of capturing their girlfriend in the best light. For some, that’s practically laying on the sidewalk; while for others, it’s precariously perching on the edge of a hot tub. But regardless of where they find themselves, Boyfriends of Instagram is ultimately sweet—it shows the lengths that people will go to make the ones they love happy.