Meet the Starks

August 20th, 2009

Meet the Starks - Family Portrait

They felt the backdrop was too busy.

(submitted by Adam Stark)

84 Responses to “Meet the Starks”

  1. christiana says:

    Ah, photography before the rule of nines. Mom’s the risk taker. No glasses, matching magenta sweater and earrings. You go, girl!

  2. Little Raven says:

    Oh my god, I had those glasses. And the hair. I looked exactly like the kid in the back when I was about fifteen.

  3. Matt says:

    The dad looks like chuck norris in is younger days

  4. yvonne says:

    this is nice…it looks just like my family

  5. Eddie says:

    Dad picked out the glasses 😉

  6. Mark says:

    I think there should be an outlet on the wall.

  7. Marilee says:

    Ahhhh, an Olan Mills Special, taken by a kid straight out of high school! Real professional!

  8. Leslie says:

    I am SOOO glad the days of big glasses are behind us now.

  9. James says:

    Well, I was about to take a picture of this awesome background when this family poked their heads into the bottom of the photo….

  10. Geoff says:

    Maybe all the head room is for a top thick frame?

  11. emm says:

    they left all that space so they could photoshop in the extended family…

  12. Thom says:

    Our church directory pictures looked like this consistently. It wasn’t always the same photographer, but every year, it was always too much head room!

  13. Tim says:

    this is actually a case of reverse Photoshopping! they purposely took the pic with a lot of room in the back so they can add people later on…

  14. Adam Stark says:

    The reason why this photo is awkward is because the picture is of me…in th blue glasses in the back…and I am a boy!

  15. jeannie says:

    So, did they leave all that space in case their family grew? Or could someone not make it to the shoot and so they decided they’d add him in later?

    “No, honey, we don’t need to take another family picture, we’ll just paste Jr onto the background of the picture we took last fall! See! It’s like he was there, too!”

  16. Mr. Inappropriate says:

    The shadow between Mom and Dad is confusing to me. Why doesn’t standing daughter have a like shadow on either side of her ?

  17. Carlos says:

    That’s a lot of blue!

  18. Michelle M says:

    I agree that this is awkward. Awkwardly placed kid in back + awkward lack of zoom = awkward photo.

  19. Penny says:

    I had to look twice at the shot – I thought maybe that was ME in the front in 1986 with those glasses and that hair.

  20. nicswife says:

    this reminds me of our old church address book. all the pictures were poorly composed with terrible backgrounds and huge glasses

  21. Karen says:

    I had the same outfit mom is wearing, the same hair-do, the chunky plastic earrings, the same glasses as the girls…*hanging head in shame*

  22. PoRL says:

    My “akwardnessometer” didn’t move.

  23. magillicuddy says:

    I guess we can photoshop ourselves in the back there…

  24. Peter Russell says:

    Dad and the Girls all have the same glasses!

  25. funda62 says:

      /ˈɔkwərd/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [awk-werd] Show IPA
    Use awkward in a Sentence
    1. lacking skill or dexterity; clumsy.
    2. lacking grace or ease in movement: an awkward gesture; an awkward dancer.
    3. lacking social graces or manners: a simple, awkward frontiersman.
    4. not well planned or designed for easy or effective use: an awkward instrument; an awkward method.
    5. requiring caution; somewhat hazardous; dangerous: an awkward turn in the road.
    6. hard to deal with; difficult; requiring skill, tact, or the like: an awkward situation; an awkward customer.
    7. embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: an awkward moment
    8. Obsolete. untoward; perverse.

    This is awkward based on definition 1, 4, 6 and 7.

  26. Jeff M says:

    The entire family is actually standing (with Pat standing on a box). The problem is that the photographer is eight feet tall.

  27. e says:

    not funny…or very awkward…

  28. Julie K. says:

    so did they photoshop the “dad” into the pix? or did they photoshop someone OUT of the pix (back row between “mom” and “dad”?) Looking again.. “dad” is photoshopped in… he’s not smiling..

    Maybe the person aiming the camera didn’t run into the shot like they had blocked earlier. Yep, that’s a busy background…

    (joking about the photo shopping… my aunt is great at it… she removes family members from photos –well once they’re divorced, they’re not really family members anymore.)

  29. akprincess72 says:

    I remember this year… (I think my glasses were bigger though!)

  30. CHEESE FRIES says:

    Really now? This is awkward?

    Grasping at straws here.

  31. funda62 says:

    It’s awkward because of how the family is placed. (This is a message for all of those who are going to say, “Aw that isn’t awkward.”)

  32. Babs says:

    Anyone else feel like they are missing a family member? Someone else to stand up the back?

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  34. maureen says:

    It looks like Dad was strategically placed so he could be cropped out later.

  35. Josh says:

    The girl in back is actually a ghost.

  36. Baron's Life says:

    Hey they look good to me…maybe I’m goofy

  37. Stranger says:

    Nice job of composition.

  38. binkymae says:

    Obviously this photographer is just punching a clock and could care less. But do you notice how each parent has a child who looks like them – hairstyle and all.

  39. Lou says:

    Well, it was to make the fuchsia top and accessories stand out better, don’t you see? :-b

  40. Cassie says:

    They had to make sure there was enough room at the top of the picture for all that hair! Between them and and the Bon’s, that explains the hole in the ozone layer.

  41. billy says:

    Only mom figured out the magic power of carrots.

  42. Maya B says:

    Awkward? No. Boring? Yep.

  43. Gregorian says:

    Microsoft in the *really* early days, before Bill came on board.

  44. C B says:

    That’s a poorly compose “professional” picture if I’ve ever seen one…..and I think that’s all I have to say.

    • Tocsnai says:

      Right — our subjects are too low in the frame for this kind of thing.

      There’s a category for this — the family that has 1100 photos, all of which show huge tracts of ceiling because the guy with the camera has no eye. You don’t often see that with a pro backdrop on it, though.

    • just wondering says:

      This looks like a church directory photo to me. That must be the starting place for all would-be department store photographers…[if I can cut it with this church directory, I be a shoe-in for the K-Mart job] They are fine with the single subjects, but add aanother person and especially a family….and you get awkward poses 9 out of 10 times!

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