I don't really think that kids (or adult children) taking pics with both of their bio parents really promotes a "fantasy". It's just that kid with their two bio parents. To me, it doesn't make so much of a comment on the status of the parents relationship to each other, but more on their ability to come together with their kid. I think if it can happen, it is nice. I know the reality is that it is too uncomfortable for some, though. I love my step-mom, and she has been in my life since I was 5, but it would have been nice to have a photo of me with just my two parents that isn't before the age of 4 or my wedding day. It never happened in our family until I got married. The photographer took photos in all sorts of combinations including our original nuclear family unit - me, my brother, my mom and my dad. It was a nice try, but the body language of both of my parents in the photo is pretty funny - both with strained smiles, both leaning out from the group. It's funny, it really does capture their feelings about being in close proximity, but I am glad I have it. I appreciate that they were able to come together at that moment for something so important to me. I hadn't thought about it until now, but I also really appreciate that my step-mom was able to stand back and give everyone the space to do that (and she was in many, many photos, too).