Behind The Awkwardness: Passport Photos

June 16th, 2011

“This is me and my family (I’m the kid on the right) taken probably around ’88. My dad was taking passport photos of himself and my mom, and they had to try a few shots to get the size just right. Since he didn’t want to waste any film, he had us sit on the couch for the whole photo-shoot.”

(submitted by Reuben)

48 Responses to “Behind The Awkwardness: Passport Photos”

  1. Drew says:

    “Hey kids look, we’re on an elevator” *slowly stands up*

  2. Ev says:

    Loved it. The comments are great and made me loook again!

  3. Ken says:

    Hey! I know the kid on the right! Epically awkward, Reuben.

  4. Adrian says:

    Love the random parents and the girl doing…something ha!

  5. LindyLouLondon says:

    What a brilliant picture – made me laugh out loud!!! The dad’s hair and earnest expression are hilarious. And the little dude with the funny sweater looks sooo fed up – like this is the 49th attempt to get the right shot! If this was my family photo, I’d have it hanging on the wall so it would always make me smile!!

  6. sidekick says:

    Wow. Mom’s hair needs it’s own photo

  7. Eric says:

    The couch is great. It kind of has that funky, 70′s dentist chair look to it.

  8. Gary says:

    That kid on the right has some sweet Bobby Brady hair going on.

  9. Randori says:

    Luigi was sure the warp pipe was behind the couch.

  10. Tred54 says:

    Did you get to go on the trip?

  11. Megan says:

    The kid in the middle is hatin’ it. He hates the whole family picture idea as much as he must hate his very green koala bear sweater. Poor kid!!

    • Abi says:

      HE hates it? what about pucker lip girl? every time they check her picture she has to pucker her lips and hold up one finger. (im sneezing in my passport photo. guess how THAT turned out.)

  12. MidwesternMom says:

    Thrifty and awkward…awesome!

  13. binkymae says:

    I couldn’t get past this bizarre leather couch with the high back and sections. I have never seen anything like it. Maybe it folded down into a bed??? Why am I thinking of tootsie rolls for the first time since I was a kid?

  14. Dewey says:

    Little girl on the left….

    First “duckface” in recorded history?

  15. Carol says:

    haha! Mom and Dad look like cardboard cutouts taped to the back of the sofa.

  16. Kootie says:

    dad looks like sonny bono and i know it was in the 80′s, but mom’s hair is really out there.

  17. yokozbornak says:

    Little sister looks like Alice in Wonderland, but acts like Alice Cooper. Rock on, little sister, rock on!

  18. Jen says:

    I thought that the mom was topless at first. :)

  19. lynette says:

    i am reminded of the book “when you look like your passport photo, it’s time to come home”

  20. Michele says:

    At first glance, I thought mom was naked!

  21. Maca says:

    hahaha, that’s too funny, when I first looked at the photo I thought it was 2!

  22. Megan says:

    Did anyone else initially think the mom was topless?

  23. Lindsey says:

    I just like the fact that the parents arent even looking at the camera. Im guessing there was more than one

    • Ve says:

      If you read the text it says they were taking passport photos, in passport photos tha’s the way you’re supposed to pose.

      • Sarah says:

        I’m facing the camera in my passport photo. And they took my picture at the post office passport center.

      • YarnYoda says:

        Passport photos should be full face, not partial profile. The camera would have to be an a different angle for passport photos. I agree – there’s got to me more than one camera.

      • chauncey says:

        Visa photos…some people may use the terms interchangeably as a visa gets placed into your passport. Visa photos are often 3/4 view….different countries have different requirements.

  24. deborah says:

    Ha ha ha ha!!!!! Two for one

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