Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner out with their girls: adorable happy family, staged?

These are just some happy family photos of Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their two girls Violet and Seraphina. I wanted to cover them because I found the photos of the girls especially adorable. Look at them on the ponies with matching braids while wearing different shades of pink! They’re precious. The family was out at the Brentwood Country Mart on Sunday, and I guess their littlest member, Samuel, 8 months, was at home with a nanny or grandma. Multiple agencies have these photos and it’s safe to assume they knew they would be photographed at least. I don’t find Garner’s slouchy cardigan and plain ballet flats to be that flattering, but she added a cute scarf and you can tell that she tried to dress up somewhat.

Radar lets us know that Garner is set to co-star in that film that Matthew McConaughey has drastically slimmed down for (he’s playing an AIDS victim), The Dallas Buyer’s Club, which started filming in New Orleans this weekend. Do you remember the last movie that Garner and McConaughey co-starred in together? It was that God-awful romcom Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. I tried to watch it on demand and I fell asleep even though one of my female friends was over watching it with me. Yes there were cocktails involved, but I’m usually hospitable enough to stay awake. The movie was just that bad.

Seeing these photos of Ben and crew reminds me to check the box office for Argo. It’s grossed $85 million worldwide on a $44.5 million budget. That’s awesome and goes to show that Affleck is an established director now. Whether he’ll win another Oscar, this time for best director, remains to be seen. I get the impression that he’ll be nominated for sure but that the Academy might want to make him wait a little longer. We’ll see. For now we can look at photos of his girls and devoted wife and be reminded. I’m not saying I don’t find these pictures super cute, I’m just a cynic at heart.

Also – visit your local farmer’s market if you can! I love the one by me. Even though the mixed greens are organic they last way longer in the fridge than the store brand. Plus you’re supporting local farmers.

Look at Ben mugging for the camera.

Photo credit: and Fame Flynet

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  1. Xogami says:

    Staged! There’s no s3xual chemistry like with JLo.

  2. Duckie says:

    I went to watch Argo last week with a bunch of friends, and I have to say it was the best film I have ever seen. I was tense and on the edge of my seat the whole way through- it’s definately worth a watch and I think Ben definately deserves an Oscar nod!

  3. emmie_a says:

    Totally staged! There have always been pics of Jen and the girls, but the whole happy family thing seems to have started in conjunction with Argo. I hope it’s true and they are a big happy family — but someone is pushing it down our throats for sure.

  4. Kimlee says:


    They’ve been seen every day last week, funny how no other celebrity kids are seen that much. I mean really when their kids get older they can look up what they did on November 5, 2012 to November 11 which is sad.

  5. LeeLoo says:

    Well, I have made my thoughts clear on Ben and Jen multiple times. So of course I believe it is staged on their parts. But the kids look like they had a good time at least so that’s important. I just wish wished they would quit using the kids as media sympathy tools.

    I think Ben’s Argo press tour was very telling of his honest feelings towards his wife. He made comments about Jen that you would not make even in a joking fashion if you truly love someone. So at this point these two have been cast aside as a superficial Hollywood family in my book. It is what it is. I just hope those kids have a healthy upbringing and can be grounded human beings someday.

    • roxy750 says:

      Yes, unfortunately I am waiting for him to leave her. Sad, they have invested a lot of love with their kids. But he seems really distant and way into himself, like he’s about or starting a mid life crisis and want’s to be young, hip cool Ben that is famous again. Sad. Hard when two famous people get married and have kids, so much pressure. I hope I am wrong.

      • LeeLoo says:

        But that’s part of the issue. Ben’s been “Depped.” And by Depped, I mean part of the reason for the 2nd chance in Hollywood is because he settled down and became a family man. If he leaves Jen his career is not likely to survive. Look what’s happening to Johnny Depp after his breakup with Vanessa. Not that I am telepathic but Ben’s Argo interviews suggest he is aware of this fact and resentful of it. At least with Johnny I believe he and Vanessa were happy until the last 2 years. Whereas I don’t think Ben is happy at all.

      • Iggles says:

        I agree. I feel that Ben has never gotten over JLO. Though he was the one who cheated and called things off, he was happier with her than he ever has been with his wife. External factors played a huge role in tearing them apart (terrible press, his career woes with her, his mom being against marrying her), so his feelings at least are still unresolved.

        Unfortunately, Ben is one of those men who family is on the back burner. He loves his children of course, but family life isn’t the centerpiece of his life, whereas for Jen nothing is more important. He’s checked out and it’s a shame.

        Jude Law has been divorced for years but he seems like a more involved father!

    • jane says:

      I think you spend way too much time dissecting this couple’s relationship. Obsessed and in love with Ben much? Kinda weird…

  6. Jess says:

    The children seem to love their father, so why not believe the family is happy? I don’t get this determination by some to make Ben out to be a bad father. It’s weird.

    • Jayna says:

      I agree. And for LeeLo to say his career is over if he leaves Jen is laughable. Actors divorce all the time. He is making a huge name for himself as a director making excellent films. He will keep getting work on the strength of his talent. His acting is good, not great but I enjoy him in movies.

  7. QQ says:

    Staged a Fk, The Dimples Parade is campaigning for Oscar too early if you ask me, Besides DDL and Lincoln .. IDK if there is room for Affleck and his Devotee wife and gang of dimply children this particular year

  8. brin says:

    I love this family but come on, way too much publicity.

  9. ladybert62 says:

    The little girls are cute.

  10. Neelyo says:

    Staged. If she can’t win an Oscar, at least she can be married to an Oscar winning director. Well at least nominated.

  11. Ginger says:

    All I got out of this is that I love that bag with the Union Jack on it. Sorry.

  12. carrie says:

    i see Jennifer Garner&kids every day at Just Jared(Pop Sugar also) since 5 years (except when she works) and since 9 months,you can see Ben with his familly more and more often
    BUT thank to Bennifer&Kids,many other Hollywood families are not harrassed by the paps (when did we see Matt Damon or Hugh Jackman or Christian Bale or other A list actors with their family photographed by the paps for the last time ?)

  13. oh dear says:

    i love pics of this family. you cant stage the joy the little girls are obviously feeling. not sure about the parents though, ben always looks semi present somehow.

    on another note, that lady with the black sunglasses behind them should probably have her thyroid checked out?

  14. Carrie says:

    Really! Staged? What are they supposed to look like when they are out shopping? Mugging and poising for the camera? Staging the girls like mannequins? Give them a break! Sexual chemistry at the farmers market!

    • Li says:

      Yes it is staged.

      They know the paps are going to be at this place and go anyway! They are not stalked, they go to all the pap hangouts.

      There are so many areas in LA with no photographers. So many celebs manage to live in LA and not be seen.

      Jen and Ben are seen EVERYDAY, sometimes multiple times in one day, because they want to be photographed.

      In LA if you do not want to be photographed everyday you won’t be. It is very possible.

      After Awards season, Ben will once again show up once a month vs. everyday now.

  15. MG says:

    It’s cute that the horse handler is carrying Violet’s flip flop. Speaking of flip flops, I don’t get LA weather. I’ve never been there, only San Fran and San Diego. But Ben is bundled up in a turtle neck and corduroy and Violet has on flip flops and bare legs?!?’ I see this contradiction of clothes in a lot of LA pics….so what’s the deal?

  16. Ms Kay says:

    He’s pimping his private life to the public eye to get that Oscar alright!

    • Tiffany says:

      No Ms Kay, the Afflecks are above thst and the paparazzi are the big bad meanies who just bother them for no reason. Asshat knows he needs to behave if he wants to continue campaigning and receive positive press. Even Jen is stepping it up. They know which side of the bread is buttered.

  17. Lb says:

    I don’t care if its staged for Oscar purposes (I believe it is).

    Those girls always look happy with both of their parents. The parents are doing something right. That’s pretty much all tha matters to me when it comes to these two so I have no cause for complaint,

  18. Bluedog says:

    I like Jennifer Garner, but she dresses so poorly it’s annoying. She has a nice figure and enough money to hire a stylist to set her up with a bunch of cute, casual outfits. She should get on that because she always looks bad.

  19. nikzilla37 says:

    Ben never looks that thrilled on family day.

  20. Pinc says:

    Forget Anne Hathaway, this is what campaigning for an oscar looks like

  21. jenny piccolo says:

    Staged or not, who cares? Jennifer should be VERY thankful for Hollywood makeup tricks because she is not the least bit pretty. Ben seems boring and yes the kids are very cute. What kids aren’t?

  22. I'm going to Guam! says:

    He looks like he’d rather be somewhere else….emailing JLO or sexting Blake Reynolds.

  23. Mara says:

    Such a beautiful family and very ordinary she is such a good mother always with her kids .

    • Li says:

      Lots of other celeb moms also spend tons of time with their kids, they just choose to not allow the paps to document their whole day.

      I think the good celeb moms are the ones who actually attempt to avoid the paps for the most part and do not go willingly to areas where the paps hangout! Jen knows exactly where the paps are and goes to them….there is no stalking.

      Also, there is nothing ordinary about seeing photographers every day! And she is often photographed without her kids, so no she is not always with them!

  24. LucyOriginal says:

    I said it before that Seraphine is my fave celebrity kid. That being said, I really don’t like to see these kids being photographed all the time.

    People will yell at me for what I am going to say…I never liked Jen Garner (just her character in Alias). Blake takes so much heat from us, but back in the day Jen was the one trading men in a drop of a hat like she was climbing the ladder(Scott Folley -> Vartan-> Affleck). Sorry, but that was the impression I got. Also, She tries soooooo hard to show she has a happy family. Don’t try Jen, just be!

  25. Amy says:

    People can say this is staged but the truth is Garner has been going to Farmer’s Markets for years. The paparazzi has learned over the years that they have a good chance of getting pictures of her and her family at the Farmer’s Markets. I’ve been a fan of her since Alias (though I haven’t seen many of her movies because I can tell they are bad or not the kind I want to see) and she was getting papped when she was dating Michael Vartan at Farmer’s Markets–and this was back around 2003-2004, before she was dating Ben Affleck and had kids.

    Not saying these aren’t staged–for all I know, they could be. But it isn’t out of the ordinary for Garner to go to Farmer’s Markets with her kids.

    • Kilat says:

      So what…Jen keeps going to this particular Farmer’s market because they know they will be photographed there!

      If they did not want to be photographed then they could go to a different Farmer’s market that has no paps. I know those exist.

      The paparazzi have not learned anything, Jen does all the work by following the paps.

      If she was such a good mom then she would put some effort into finding pap free areas to protect her kids. Most places in LA have zero paps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Amy says:

        Have you ever thought that maybe she likes this particular Farmer’s Market and that’s why she goes there? Just because there is paparazzi doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be allowed to go there. It’s possible she likes particular vendors there.

    • Nancy says:

      He’s dressed like that because he probably has a business meeting.He’s a director now not just an actor.What is he supposed to dress like a hobo?
      People act like he’s all of sudden seen he’s family.They always have gone to the farmer’s market.It’s just now people are paying attention to what he does.

  26. Mira says:

    Ben can run for office. He’s got a great wife in Jen. She’s really invested in his career. It’s obvious that most of the recent family outings have been staged. It’s usually only Jen and the kids getting papped. Ben is gunning for the Oscar and hey, if he wants one then he has to play the game as lame as it is. It’s a cost-benefit analysis I guess.

  27. taxi says:

    Some of us have favorite farmers’ markets – particular vendors, products sold, better freshness, etc. There are 4 different ones near me & I still go to my fave.

  28. lisa2 says:

    Funny how no one ever whines about these children having “friends”. I see them all the time, but not with other children. Just with mom. yet never any concerned mommies about who they play with and when But I guess it all depends on the celeb.

    None of the kids have full lips like Jennifer.

  29. Tazina says:

    It’s not staged. They’re just getting in some family outings before she leaves to film that new movie with McConaughey.

    • Kilat says:

      Yeah right…so it just happens that all these family outings are to places they very well know paps will be??? Just so happens the paps are always there before them??

      Ben used to be in pics with his family once a month and Jen looked like a single mother. He will be MIA the weeks following Oscar night. Count on it

  30. Holden says:

    Why are they letting Mickey Rourke lead their girls around on horses???

  31. rlh says:

    I have never found her attractive and I don’t understand how she has an acting career. Not saying you have to be gorgeous to be a actor, but to me she has nothing going for her. She mugs and over emotes in everything I have ever seen her in. I try to avoid anything she is in but recently my niece and nephew wanted to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green. STUPID movie…just horrible. But the worst part was Garner; it was almost physically painful to have to sit through that movie because of her performance.
    She may be a perfectly lovely person. But she cannot act!

  32. Dea says:

    Staged to the max. She wants him to win the Oscar more than he wants because it will secure her failed marriage. She calculates evrything to the bone.

  33. The Original Mia says:

    Ben wants an Oscar. His adorable family is the best PR he has got going for him. I’ve seen more of Ben with his family in the month since Argo premiered than in all the years he’s been married.

  34. Me says:

    I don’t know how she made it this far in Hollywood. Average looks, ok acting, and horrible fashion sense-apparently equals star power? By that token I should be at the top of the Hollywood heap!
    She seems too much of a goody goody for the casting couch. Why is she so famous? Someone please explain.
    I can’t stand her mugging and pulling faces either. I remember seeing her on Felicity and wondering why she was always pursing her lips.

  35. debsa says:

    Totally staged…we get it Affleck you want an Oscar for ‘Argo’…

  36. mimi (a different one) says:

    He looks really sad and defeated.

    Why is he stuck in a marriage that he is so miserable in?

  37. lower-case deb says:

    i thought it was nic cage leading the girls’ horses!

  38. cruiz2 says:

    I say staged! He looks dressed for an interview and like a poser. She at least is wearing mommy garb. Kids are cute, not wearing ridiculous designer clothes!

  39. bebe kerr says:

    Ben Affleck cancelled a talk to the Santa Barbara cinema society on Saturday (after a screening of Argo) because he was too sick to attend. Here he is out with his family on Sunday.

  40. Nan209 says:

    He has moobs.

    Just stating the obvious and pointless.

  41. Adrien says:

    Staged but who cares. They look lovely.

  42. Lulu says:

    When you stop caring about your appearance *side eye to Jen* you’ve given up on yourself. I think she’s depressed and feels trapped. I mean – he said such telling things about her in the interviews. If I were her I’d want to crawl under a rock. I wonder if he is emotionally abusive?

    • lauren says:

      Jen cares..look at her inflated lips! Jen is very calculating, do not underestimate her power. Ben should tone down the Blake and J-Lo comments, and focus on his family. Ben is using his gorgeous children to win an Oscar, and Jen is the perfectly supportive wife who will eat Ben’s sh*t for fame and security.

  43. Andrew says:

    ‘Argo fk yourself!’ Lol, I loved the movie. Has become one of my favorites, and I really think it’ll win best picture.

  44. mia says:

    I hope they stay together and my advice to Ben is go to Mass atleast twice a week and don’t skip confession.

  45. Trice says:

    I have to admit something that I’m on one hand not proud of, but on the other hand, I totally still get why I was the way I was. I was hands-down, crazy fan-girl obsessed with Ben Affleck when I was a teenager (10 years ago). Like one entire wall in my bedroom was floor to ceiling, wall to wall pictures of him. Stalker-ish, yes. Typical teenage girl, I hope so(??) But either way I still am totally into him, however I have since thrown away all of my pictures, haha. Still can’t help but get a little happy/jealous when I see him with his adorable little family. I still remember the day that my best friend called me while I was sleeping & said “your boy is in rehab.” I sleepily answered “Ben??” as in Affleck, & was right. Hahahaha, beyond embarrassing. Still get teased about it by my family…