The story is set in present-day, USA.
And if there is a way to make sure if the photo's been photographed or not, please tell me!
(googled "test if photoshopped" + "test photoshopped" + "how to test if photoshopped")
ETA: THANKS EVERYONE! I got a lot of information out of this, and it was all very helpful! I admit, some of these things I hadn't even considered. I have much love for this community right now :)