When it was time for Stefano Peiris, a high school student in Herminston, Oregon, to take senior portraits, he wanted to try something a little different. Instead of posing for a stereotypical photo with a pseudo blue steel facial expression and arms crossed in front of a plain, drab background, Stefano asked his photographer, Tammy Jones, to snap pics of him in a place that he (and, let’s face it, all of America) holds near and dear to his heart: 7-Eleven.
Stefano won an award for “best comedian” at his school last year, but this stroke of genius made him totally viral. Currently, his pictures have been retweeted by over 30,000 Twitter users. He admitted that he’s been mulling over how to make his senior photos stand out and make people laugh for a few years now. “I figured, when I look back at these pictures in the future I could be like everyone else, lean on a tree and smile, or I could be different,” Stefano explained to Seventeen.com. “And it’s always better to be different.” You are a wonderful snowflake, Stefano. Please never change.
The 7-Eleven in the photos is actually owned by Stefano’s parents, who are maybe even more excited than he is to see these portraits go viral. Stefano’s mom told the town’s local newspaper that she opened a Twitter account just to see people’s reactions to the photos. However, she denied Stefano’s request for new perks now that he’s famous — he asked if she could get rid of his curfew and buy him a car. “You’re not that famous,” she replied.
Clearly, Stefano’s parents have an awesome sense of humor, too. They are giving out free Slurpees to kids on October 31st, “to celebrate Halloween, not Stefano Peiris’ Internet photo fame.”
I have to admit, 7-Eleven Stefano is on par with this year’s other breakout senior portrait star, Taco Bell Girl – is it okay that I kind of ship them? Like, I hope they end up in the same dorm in college and collaborate on taking their college senior photos together in a Pizza Hut or something. And then they should adopt me. Thanks for the laughs, future mom and dad!
(Image via here.)