The Lean

May 12th, 2009

The Lean - Family Portrait


Warning: this fan favorite isn’t for the conservative family. This is a pose for the clan with sass, one that wants to convey, “Heads up!” “Coming at ya!, “In your face!” “Take a closer look,” and of course, “You rang?” Combine with two arm-fold-book-ends and you’ve got yourselves an album scorcher.

(pic submitted by Dylan)

153 Responses to “The Lean”

  1. Bailee says:

    It should be da lean.

  2. Matt says:

    BOOM! Family Sitcom.

  3. Elise says:

    as awkward as this is…the guy on the far left is super cute.

  4. Meesh says:

    they are trying to look thin!! guys!! lol Lean in to the camera and make sure there is “air space” between yout elbow and your waist!

  5. jon says:

    for a man thats 7’8″…photography is not his calling

  6. Rachel says:

    This isn’t a lean. The camera man is over head…

    No really, look at the guy on the left, he’s not leaning. If they were leaning over he’d be bent at the hips, otherwise they’d be doing that weird Michael Jackson move where he just like…leans forward at a crazy angle and defies gravity. Just sayin.

  7. S13558 says:

    I love your caption :)

  8. Melanie says:

    Even if the photographer is above them, it still came out looking PRETTY awkward.

  9. ashlee says:

    They look like a family trying to pose as the family off of Growing Pains.

  10. Amy says:

    This photog should stop lookin down his nose at people.

  11. Sarah K says:

    it’s even scarier if you tilt your laptop *toward* you

  12. JoJo says:

    I told you sweater vests are back in.

  13. FunNanc says:


  14. Kim says:

    That boy is cuuuute

  15. Addie says:

    The awkward level would’ve been higher if they weren’t all good-looking people.
    Or were at least wearing questionable things.
    For me, this photo needs more awkward.

    • Glynis says:

      Love this response ! Yeah…let’s ask them to reshoot it !

    • dan says:

      yeah, this is not awkward. maybe slightly cheesy, but they’re well-dressed and look normal. the daughter is even kind of cute. that family doesn’t deserve to be on this site! pretty mean if you ask me…

  16. Shelly says:

    i don’t think they are leaning…I think the camera persone is on a ladder looking down on them.

  17. JLahr says:

    I actually don’t think this is a leaning pose…sorry to burst people’s bubbles, but it looks like the picture was taken by the photographer from slightly above the family, which is why they’re looking up.
    other than that
    i heart this website

    • Jen says:

      I think you’re right! After you said that – I looked again – and it really looks like the photographer is on a chair or something above them.

  18. boone says:

    i like it too

  19. Nicole says:

    i actually like this photo…

  20. Hil says:

    oh my god, these captions are cracking me up!!

  21. marina :) says:

    ohmygosh!! i just saw this picture in mr. wegners office today!! :)

  22. Indythink says:

    Other than the title and a prejudiced (due to the title) glance, why would anyone think that these people are leaning? Aerial shots from ladders are best used for “large” groups. This as with many of the commercially done portraits some were just bad execution or improperly constructed poses that even as an amateur I would never let the subjects see let alone choose, unless they recognize them for what they are.

    With that said they do still tickle the funny-bone………

  23. Tim says:

    This could actually be an okay photo if the cameraman was actually overhead and they were not just leaning over.

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