I Take Couplies With My Kid… Don’t You?

February 22, 2014 at 8:41 am , by 

3 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

There is now an official word for the kind of pictures we’ve often taken together and put on Facebook…


couplie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, featuring two people; as opposed to just one person, which would be a selfie.

I have mentioned before, that since having you, I seldom get my picture made by anyone (including myself) if I’m the only one in the picture.

Most of the time, if I post a new picture that would have been a selfie, I take a picture of both of us instead.

Couplies are the new selfies.

Who needs to see a self-taken picture of a married, 32 year-old dad on Facebook? No one.

Who needs to see a self-taken picture of a married, 32 year-old dude with his cute 3 year-old son on Facebook? Well, now, that’s a whole different story…

Therefore, I’m familiar with taking couplies- sometimes with Mommy, but mainly with you. In fact, I went back through every picture I’ve ever taken in the history of The Dadabase, so I could make a collage of some of our couplies.

Then, I put a logo for “Nick Shell’s Couplies Photography,” as if I was promoting a legitimate business for taking selfies. (The font I used didn’t have an apostrophe… I promise I didn’t make a typo.) However, I’m not sure anyone on Facebook got the joke, though…

The main reason I like couplies with you is because I think it’s cool to see the growing resemblance between the two of us.

Granted, your lighter skin tone and blue eyes will always set us apart, but I love how each time we take a new couplie, I see the “father-and-son-ness” more and more.

I made this special “couplie collage” for us, as if the term “couplie” wasn’t already annoying enough.

Which, speaking of, both the words “selfies” and “couplies” greatly annoy me- and I assume the word “grouplies” is also on its way into social media/pop culture usage.

But if couplies is the word I have to use to document this fad in my time capsule to you.

And so we will continue infiltrating peoples’ Facebook and Twitter feeds with our couplies. If we really want to be cool, though- we would take a couplie while making duck faces.





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