Behind The Awkwardness

Roller Derby

“This photo was taken in the Fall of 1966. My Dad just returned from a hunting trip with the hide & antlers of his prized 5 point bull elk. It was Saturday night and my older sister & I just had our hair rolled for church the next morning. I was obviously thrilled to have my picture taken with the stupid elk and rollers in my hair.”

(submitted by Lynne)

Replica

“My brother and sister-in-law got married about 17 years ago and my kids were asked to be in their wedding party… my son was the ring bearer, my oldest daughter was a junior bridesmaid and my youngest daughter was dressed in a miniature replica of the bride’s gown. In this family photo, we look like a crazy family that just married off our two youngest children, my older daughter looks like she has one oddly placed prosthetic leg, and I’m rocking some sweet shoulder pads.”

(submitted by Roxanne)

On Golden Pond

“A very short-lived photo studio opened at the mall near our house and my brother and I begged for months to get our family photo taken there.  Finally, our parents relented and  our family spent a glorious evening trying a variety of poses and costumes before selecting this gem.  The real highlight came with people’s reactions to the photo after we had it framed and placed over the fireplace.  Because this was before the advent of Photoshop, a lot of people ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT THIS HAD HAPPENED…even one of my brother’s girlfriends.”

(submitted by Allie)

Urban Cowboy

“This was one of my most awkward years, early 80’s when Urban Cowboy was blowing up at the box office.  My school decided that spring photos would be exactly that. Well I am not sure if that was the greatest of ideas, but its given my family, facebook and now hopefully AFP plenty more laughs!!!”

(submitted by Steve)

The Kid’s Table

“Our family of 6 kids did a lot of traveling by VW bus.  This shows the youngest brother ‘hanging’ around.   I have a bunch more awkward family shots but this one just cracks us all up.”

(submitted by Katrina)

Wade In The Water

“This is the result of me getting the lead in a play. I had to stand in a blow-up swimming pool on stage in a swimsuit while a group of kids sang “She waded in the water” behind me. The grand finale was me getting my swim suit wet. Definitely awkward back then, but kind of creepy now.” 

(submitted by Lesley)

Heads Up

“My Mother got a great deal on this family portrait, mainly because it wasn’t meant to be for a family THIS size. But we were all together, so she was determined to make it work.”

(submitted by Kathryn)

Channel Surfing

“This pic of my cousin Julia and I was taken after Thanksgiving dinner, 2012. My sister took the shot but, before she did, she handed the remote control off to my 63 year old mother. It wasn’t until we were looking at the pics a few days later that we saw where my mom’s channel surfing had landed her.”

(submitted by Vanessa)