Suzanne Heintz, an art director for Starz Entertainment Group in Englewood, said she started taking pictures with a mannequin husband and daughter 14 years ago as a response to being asked why she wasn't married yet, twentytwowords.com reported Monday.
Heintz, who has traveled more than 10,000 miles to take pictures with her mannequins in locations including several famous Paris landmarks, said on her website the project is about "spinsterhood, and the American way."
"You can't just go out and buy a family. Or can you? I did. They are mannequins. The candy coated shell with nothing inside. We do all those family things, all the while capturing those Kodak Moments. Because it's not really about the journey, or a genuine human connection, when you're kids are screaming, 'Are we there yet?' Is it? It's about the picture in front of the sign. 'Get back in the car. We got the picture. Now, let's go eat,'" she wrote.