Lady Flips Off Engagement Photo, Couple Finds it Hilarious


I suppose we all owe a small cultural debt to this anonymous older lady at a recent Colorado Rockies game. Thanks to her, we now know what the exact opposite of a photobomb looks like.

That would be having a cranky grandma type show up in the money shot of your carefully arranged proposal, flipping the bird at the camera to show exactly how she felt about the interruption.

The story starts with Kenny Lovelace deciding to pop the question to Molly Ryan via Jumbotron at Denver’s Coors Field. He had a ring, made sure family and friends were there for the moment, and had photographer Kerinsa Mullins on hand (surreptitiously) to capture the joyous moment.

Mullins had to stand up to get a decent angle once the message appeared on the big screen, and an elderly couple whose view she was blocking let her know they didn’t appreciate it, even as the rest of the stadium was in full “Awww!” mode.

Mullins got her shots, got out of the way as quickly as she could, and prepared to review the shots with the bride-to-be the next day. It wasn’t until then that they saw the lady shooting the middle finger at the camera.


The photographer was horrified, but Ryan thought it was a hoot:

“I couldn’t stop laughing. I said it was the greatest photo I’ve ever seen,” Ryan told news station WTOP.”There is a girl sitting behind us that is so excited for us. My mom is crying, I’m crying, and Ken’s nervous and then there’s this lady flipping us off.”

Ryan says she’s thinking of using the image for a “save the date” refrigerator magnet, and she’s issued a blanket invitation for the aggrieved senior to attend the wedding. “I would love for her to appear in one of my pictures at the wedding,” says Ryan. “That would be terrific.”

(via WTOP)

Image credits: Photograph by Kerinsa Mullins

  • Tzctplus -

    Yes, it is good manners.

  • Tzctplus -

    Sure, because it is a nice thing to do to shove your camera in front of somebody else without notice.

  • Tzctplus -

    because it is good manners?

  • Tzctplus -

    And you are a classy chap, aren’t you.

    The kind of abuse that woman is getting here is disgraceful.

  • Mr Silly

    Yes they are- all images of war under Dept Defence even during Vietnam war were highly censored.
    The British never saw the images of aerial bombardment of Berlin, Dresden etc until well after the war.
    The Americans public never saw the Bulge-Ardennes battle footage, nor the ground footage and aerial footage of the fire-bombing of major Japanese cities during World War 2- which Curtis Le May and Robert McNamara both recall Le May stating- if they lost the war, they would be charged and shot for war-crimes.

    Simialrly the Germans and Japanese kept the horror of warfare away from their public eyes as well- unless it was useful- the atrocities of the Red Armies particualrly those operating under the NKVD with Commissars inserted into the ranks and Partisans.,
    What is less censored is that which is politically useful- ie graphic imagery of beheadings, suicide bombings and the things the Islamic fundamentalists funded by US allies Qatar and Saudi Arabia perpetrate.
    Very few British people have seen war imagery of Afghanistan- I am fortunate to as I have a good friend’s brother posted there who has now lost a leg- his ambush, evac and treatment were filmed- but the footage was confiscated by British Ministry of Defence.

  • Mr Silly

    The geriatric should have acted her age and with a grace I am sure she has commented very often is lacking among the younger woman of today.
    There is such a thing as being a sour grape.

  • greenarcher02

    While those are hidden for political reasons, depictions of it are still everywhere. I see blood and guts posted on facebook every time (courtesy of my activist friends). And those are still worse than a finger. Or Miley Cyrus for that matter. I just hate the double standard. Violence, and depictions of it can be seen everywhere, but when boobies or profanity is shown OMYGOSH PROTECT THE CHILDREN R18! R18! I just don’t get it.

  • Rob S

    Hard to tell without the camera data but that looks like a pretty wide shot. Like maybe a 30mm on an APS-C or a 50mm on a FF. Hardly a BIG lens and considering how much of the old woman he got in frame it was not even close to be shoved.

    Ive been to one or two baseball games with a 70-200 f/2.8 and never had someone flip me off. She is just an angry old woman.

  • pete n pete

    Disgraceful is flipping off the camera during someone else’s moment. It’s a Grade-A dick move.

  • Kim Siever

    That would be hilarious if she took them up on their offer, came to the wedding, and photobombed several other photos.

  • Kate

    Ok, my one thought on this is, what was the photographer thinking? She must be a newby because rule #1, clean up your frame! How could she NOT have known she lined up a woman who dominates the frame while the couple is 2ndary in the background? Surely this was a moment to be shot medium or close-up, not a wide angle.

  • jim1061

    The old geezer is on the left side of the frame. If she took a moment to use logic and figure out what the photographer was shooting she could have obliged and leaned to her right but instead, clearly without knowing what was going on she did what came natural to her and that’s a disgrace.

  • GoGrandma

    I would of done the same thing.. interrupt a game for this crap!! WTF

  • Pdiddy Dduh

    Bitter old skank.

  • Edu

    I’d rather kick the cheezy couple

  • Tzctplus

    It is also her moment considering she is in the photo and attending the same event. How cheezy and egocentric you have to be to ask for someone’s hand in a public event like that. She had the same right to show her finger as the cheezy guy to ash the GF’s hand.

  • pete n pete

    Yeah, I’m not a fan of those either, but, to my point from six months ago, common courtesy is to at least be a normal human being and respect other people around you. Maybe an engagement at that spot had some particular meaning for those two. You can just let it pass, even if you’re not “in to” it, or you can do what this “lady” did and ruin it, just to be a loser.