Recreating The Awkwardness: Home Team

April 22nd, 2012

Recreating The Awkwardness: Home Team - Family Portrait

“We re-created this shot on Easter Sunday, 2012 for the 25th anniversary. Original Olan Mills photograph was shot in 1987.”

(submitted by Karla)

93 Responses to “Recreating The Awkwardness: Home Team”

  1. Heather says:

    I love this! What a cute, creative idea. Thank you for sharing this picture of your family, it made me happy. :-)

  2. customcartoons says:

    At first I was going to comment about the the upper-right-hand girl never aging. Then I read the info about the shirts showing their actual AGES, and I’m flabbergasted! I call SORCERY! o_O

  3. kristen says:

    I absolutely love this. I had to learn in the comments that the shirt numbers were ages!! Even better!!!

  4. Lance Corporal says:

    That’s awesome! Cool idea!

  5. Hunee says:

    I think this one is pretty kewl :)

  6. magillicuddy says:

    very cute idea…

  7. Jamie says:

    Not awkward…very sweet

  8. Cellar Door says:

    I see nothing wrong with this. These people are great!

  9. Kristie says:

    I think this is a totally fun idea …. love it!! I’m so stealing it for my family as well…. :)

  10. jorge says:

    not awkard for me. it’s a pretty cool idea.
    hope they manage to do another one in 25 years.

  11. Liz says:

    This family is amazing! Not only do they age very well, but they seem like so much fun.

  12. jon says:

    #35, wow… that’s about all I can manage.

    Great picture though. Awesome idea. I ought to do that with my kids now while they’re still young.

  13. Karyn says:

    I’m the youngest of 6 girls and my parents survived! I just wish we had done something like this. I have an Olan Mills portrait of us from 1983, and everyone hates how they look in it, except for me. (because they were awkward teenagers, and I was a cute 2 year old) Thanks for sharing!

  14. Alan says:

    I think the little one got replaced with a stunt double in the second photo. Everyone else still looks like themselves.

  15. Me says:

    This is adorable and awesome! My poor kids… I am SO doing this for our next portrait!

  16. Deacon Blues says:

    If that were my family, none of the females would have a number higher than 29 on their jersey. Great pics!

  17. Mollie says:

    I think that is really sweet!

  18. hush says:

    Beauiful damily then, and beautiful family now. Well done.

  19. marc says:

    Nice to see that Olan Mills hasn’t changed their backdrops in 25 years.

  20. Jujuma says:

    Thanks for sharing again! It’s fun to see how the girls grew up.

  21. Kat says:

    That’s not awkward, that’s like the best idea ever!!

  22. Miss T says:

    I love this so much!

  23. Simon says:

    Hmm. Must have cost a lot to get all those shirts bought and printed.

    Whaddya mean I’m tight-fisted?

  24. Carol says:

    Makes you realize how fast time flies when you notice that the oldest girl is now older than her mom and dad were in the original photo.

  25. Kristi says:

    From #16/#41 to everyone, thanks for the comments. We had a great time doing this. We’ve learned if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?! We love all the great comments from the original pix. Side splitting entertainment! I’m just mortified I’m now the age my dad was when we took this shot! What the what??!!! HAHAHA

  26. Stefanie says:

    What a fabulous idea, and definitely redeemed itself from its awkwardness! Beautiful family!

  27. Dennis says:

    Five Girls!
    I can not believe he survived to sixty sixty six.

  28. Colin says:

    Hey, I think this was a great idea, and although the first one may have been awkward, revisiting it in the way that you have more than makes up for it. Hope you can all be together for the next one. Cheers :-)

  29. Rob says:


  30. Sarah says:

    Awesome, not awkward! :)

  31. Fred says:

    Wow! I see nothing awkward at all! I think this is really cool!

  32. Amanda says:

    I’m thinking this is more awesome than awkward.

  33. Xtina says:

    I actually think this is a pretty good idea for a picture–pretty ingenious to do the ages on the shirts, too. Would look cool in a side-by-side frame.

  34. Bama says:

    I don’t see “awkward” here at all. I see one genuinely cool family having a great time with a wonderful idea!

  35. Vicki says:

    This is just awesome.

  36. Boomer says:

    At least they correctly added 25 to the number on each jersey!

  37. Jim says:

    I don’t think it’s awkward at all – it’s nice!

  38. velcrotrainer says:

    on the upside, the gangly/awkward little girls seem to have improved with age.

  39. Sherri says:

    I actually like this idea!

    • MaryEllen says:

      I do, too! I think it’s really cute! Although I wouldn’t be caught dead in a jersey that said my age on it!!

  40. lysafulb says:

    Embracing the awkwardness – awesome!!! (I love the ages on the shirts – nice touch!)

  41. tree says:

    This is great! What a fun family!

  42. Bonnie says:

    I think both photos are fun! Not sure I’d want to advertise my age that way, but it’s still fun.

  43. Couldn’t leave well enough alone, could you?

  44. Kelly says:

    I love it!

  45. Shanti says:


  46. Raymond says:

    That family bloomed into a pack of beautys!

  47. Tameson says:

    That’s cute. I like how the dad and daughter #2 had the same ages, and the only two people that changed all that much were dad and little #5

  48. George P. says:

    These girls certainly aged well!

  49. bob says:

    #35 Most improved player.

  50. Mis says:

    Wow, that’s really neat to see how everyone changed. Be happy that you are all there to recreate the picture :) Not awkward at all, and I love the ages on everyone’s shirts!

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