Joy Division

October 19th, 2009

Joy Division - Family Portrait

Sometimes when you’re happy and you know it, you don’t need to clap your hands.

(submitted by Nicole)

77 Responses to “Joy Division”

  1. spike says:

    Oh, man, Joy Division. That was a great band.

  2. Squirlontheworld says:

    Geeez, the old fart has the erect monolithe of light by his side and the glowing triangle on his shoulder. and all the kid gets is a dark shadow.

  3. LOL. They all look so freaking happy. I laughed out loud when I saw this one.

  4. Steve says:

    Someone left their cake out in the rain.

  5. ana says:

    normal family 🙂

  6. John Cheese says:

    These people look familiar!

  7. Gloria says:

    Big brother just ran outside to get another brick to put under the sofa. Sadly, he missed the photo op altogether and came through the door just as the sofa collapsed.

  8. Ginger says:

    The body language between Mom and Dad….now that’s love.

  9. Jennifer says:

    If they took away the pillows on the side of the couch maybe they would actually have more room.

  10. Lou says:

    Was this their Christmas card picture??

  11. Carolyn says:

    I think these people are sitting on someone?

  12. glamtam says:

    there’s something seriously wrong with that couch. I’d probably frown too, if I had to sit on that couch. What is it stuffed with? Dead bodies?

  13. Melanie says:

    Looks like Thanksgiving at Marney’s was a success.

  14. Dana says:

    my bad, can’t every finish a comment.

    anywas…that’s EXACTLY what I was thinking. I was just waiting for the music to start playing and for Grandpa to look at the camera and say “We got sick of Marney telling us what to bring to Thansgiving, so we sat on her like we did Aunt Telcia!”

  15. Vanessa says:

    ROFL….this has got to be one of the funniest photos yet….LOVE it!

  16. PopCollector says:

    They remind me of the ‘Culhanes” from Hee Haw.

  17. kyle says:

    love the kids shirt on the left, I have one just like it!

  18. Lucy says:

    They’re watching tv – probably a Little House on the Prairie rerun – see the zombie eyes?

  19. Ken says:

    Definitely photoshopped. Has to be. You couldn’t get that much joy in a family photo without photoshopping it. (Sorry AFP, I’m a sarcastic SOB)

  20. Cee says:

    I would love to see these kids’ future wedding photos. I hope they crack a smile then! 😀

  21. Jorge says:


  22. carol says:

    The girl looks like she’s trying to get away from her brother, like he has cooties.

  23. minmea says:

    this was the alternate cover for the “CLOSER” album.

  24. Joker says:


  25. hcw80 says:

    Jared had always been a shy fellow. At age sixteen, he had finally had the nerve to ask Angela to the homecoming dance. He spent the day cleaning his dad’s car, practicing his dance moves in the mirror, praying no one would notice the zit on his forehead and getting ready for the big date. He arrived exactly at 6:30. Angela spied him coming up the walk and called down from her open upstairs window that she would be ready in five minutes. “Go inside, my folks want to meet you. The door is open.” Nervously Jared walked into the living room and was met with the warm, welcoming reception you see here.

  26. Nicole says:

    This IS my family! This photo has cracked me up for years. Enjoy!

  27. Gregorian says:

    That one arm holding the wrist of the other arm is a dead give away of a person being shy and uncomfortable in a situation. (I do it all the time. 🙂 )

    Some over enthusiastic visiting relative has railroaded them into the picture.
    They don’t want to sit together and be photographed. They HATE each other and they hate photos.

    But, as another poster pointed out, the weird way they are sort of lying on the couch suggests that they are indeed sitting on someone. Which would explain alot.

  28. mandy says:

    they’re so squished!

  29. Jill says:

    I can understand the daughter’s unhappy look – would you be happy wearing those pants??

  30. Alyse says:

    i think the title and the caption are frickin hilarious!! I love the band Joy Division!

  31. Craig says:

    They’re probably uncomfortable, with 4 of them being wadded into a loveseat.

  32. Maya B says:

    This actually looks like my Dad’s side of the family. If any of them ever cracked a smile for a photo, you’d think it would kill them.

  33. jnmcnally says:

    Brilliant caption!

    I have seen a lot of family photos with similar levels of joy. This photo represents the category well.

  34. tunerGeek says:

    The dad looks JUST like my GF’s dad. Hey! It IS my GF’s dad! Oh, and I think Mom’s pants are Photoshop’d.

  35. shauna f says:

    Where’s the pitchforks?

  36. sallyomalley says:

    LOL….LOVES IT! The blinding glare from their smiles was a bit hard on the eyes though….

  37. Bearkitten Sundeen says:

    I know how this type of photo can happen. My Mother would take 10 years to take pictures back in the day (before digital photography). You start out with a smile and by the end of it look like this!

    • vinny says:

      OMG! I know exactly what you mean! I’m a photographer now and I have to try this with my next family portrait.

      • Richard Davies says:

        Same here, my Mum used to take ages lining up a shot & I would have to hold a pose for all this time.

        The any red-eye flashes are also confusing as I tend to flinch for the first flash just in time for the shutter opening.

  38. Joy says:

    OK, everyone, now look at the camera! OK, one, two, by the way you just lost everything but that couch, SMILE!

  39. toadman says:

    Lovely. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving.

  40. Maro says:

    Joy unspeakable!!

  41. Williams Clan says:

    Oh. My. Laws…obviously this family isn’t into picture, or sitting by each other, or…human emotion… 🙂

  42. Sharon says:

    Monopoly anyone?

  43. Tico says:

    They all look identical

    • just wondering says:

      It looks like the kids are being forced to sit on the (tiny) couch for a pic with the grandparents and the grandparents are none too happy to have their little couch invaded by the ungrateful little brats who always have to be forced to pose in pictures with them!

  44. cass says:

    Everyone is ticked at Dad for not spending the extra 50 bucks on the full-sized sofa.

  45. Christine says:

    luv the caption

  46. Cincoflex says:

    Now the question is–are they *sitting* on anyone?

  47. TIM says:

    When I was a portrait photographer, I’d have families look at me just like that.

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