They felt the backdrop was too busy.
(submitted by Adam Stark)
Ah, photography before the rule of nines. Mom’s the risk taker. No glasses, matching magenta sweater and earrings. You go, girl!
Oh my god, I had those glasses. And the hair. I looked exactly like the kid in the back when I was about fifteen.
The dad looks like chuck norris in is younger days
this is nice…it looks just like my family
Dad picked out the glasses 😉
I think there should be an outlet on the wall.
Ahhhh, an Olan Mills Special, taken by a kid straight out of high school! Real professional!
I am SOOO glad the days of big glasses are behind us now.
Well, I was about to take a picture of this awesome background when this family poked their heads into the bottom of the photo….
Maybe all the head room is for a top thick frame?
they left all that space so they could photoshop in the extended family…
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!
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…
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!
dang early 90s late 80s bangs for boys!!! *shakes fist*
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!”
The shadow between Mom and Dad is confusing to me. Why doesn’t standing daughter have a like shadow on either side of her ?
That’s a lot of blue!
I agree that this is awkward. Awkwardly placed kid in back + awkward lack of zoom = awkward photo.
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.
this reminds me of our old church address book. all the pictures were poorly composed with terrible backgrounds and huge glasses
I was thinking the exact same thing!!
I’m so going to look you up in my husband’s old church directory under “Nics Wife” okay?
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*
Are you perhaps someone in the picture lol?
My “akwardnessometer” didn’t move.
must be broken
I guess we can photoshop ourselves in the back there…
Dad and the Girls all have the same glasses!
now that’s not funny. One of them is a boy.
then why am I laughing?
/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.
tank u fer learnin’ me!
The entire family is actually standing (with Pat standing on a box). The problem is that the photographer is eight feet tall.
“Pat”–perfect!! thanks for clearing that up for me!
What does PAT mean?
not funny…or very awkward…
Oh e, you have so much to learn
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.)
Enough with the photoshop! Not everything is photoshopped. Geez, next you’ll be asking about a compound bow.
Well, she said she was joking about the photoshopping, but one never jokes about compound bows.
Can I borrow your aunt?!
I remember this year… (I think my glasses were bigger though!)
Really now? This is awkward?
Grasping at straws here.
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.”)
Is the caption about starkness because of how they’re all (but one) just sitting down, no special arrangement whatsoever?
I agree – and I would add all that blue background that should have been cropped out by a pro
Anyone else feel like they are missing a family member? Someone else to stand up the back?
yeah, they were airbrushed out of the picture
Missing Man Formation
It looks like Dad was strategically placed so he could be cropped out later.
The girl in back is actually a ghost.
The girl in the back is actually a boy….no kidding…..his name is Adam.
Yeah, its a boy.
That itself is awkward.
don’t feel bad, the bangs threw me off at first too
Hey they look good to me…maybe I’m goofy
Nice job of composition.
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.
Agreed! All that space above the people is ridiculous.
a budding photographer, eh?
Well, it was to make the fuchsia top and accessories stand out better, don’t you see? :-b
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.
Only mom figured out the magic power of carrots.
hahaha, well played
Either that or the magic power of contact lenses!
I love that response!
Brilliant! Some of you people on here should definitely be writing comedy!
Awkward? No. Boring? Yep.
had you only seen the caption they did not post…brilliant
Microsoft in the *really* early days, before Bill came on board.
That’s a poorly compose “professional” picture if I’ve ever seen one…..and I think that’s all I have to say.
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.
maybe they are going to photoshop in the houston rockets…
you guys take all this way to seriously. It’s funny stuff.
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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