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Behind The Awkwardness

Soap In Your Eyes

“I am about eleven in this picture. I had just finished washing my mother’s car and was walking back to the house to go inside to pour out the water. On my way inside, I tripped and the soapy water sloshed up and into my face. For some reason, this was a catastrophe. I was also, for some reason, convinced that if I opened my eyes, the soap would get into them and blind me. I distinctly recall arguing with my father (who always had his camera at hand and saw this as a golden moment to capture) that I would, indeed, lose my eyesight, even though he kept saying I wouldn’t. At this point, I was crushed that nobody would believe me, nobody had the heart to comfort me, and nobody had the care to hand me a towel (I think I ended up using the sleeve of my sweater).

I’d like to say that’s just soapy water dripping off my chin, but with the amount of blubbering going on, it’s quite likely it’s a mixture of both soapy water and drool. And yes, if you’re wondering, this moment still comes up in conversations with my father. (My mother says there are too many similar ones for her to recall.)”

(submitted by Heather)

Pants Optional

“My brothers and I made this for our parents’ 25th anniversary present. I think we were more amused than they, but it still hangs in their house today.”

(submitted by Kevin)

The Anniversary Party

“For my parents 20th anniversary, my mom decided to dress up in her wedding dress and get our family Christmas photos done in front of the place they were married. I’m the girl bending over trying to hold down my brother who wanted to get away for obvious reasons. Needless to say, it was not everything my mom had hoped for.”

(submitted by Shea)

Puzzler

“This is a photo of my dad and my sister’s boyfriend putting a puzzle together while on vacation in Phoenix since it was so stinkin’ hot to go outside. I guess this was also a good way to keep track of the baby.”

(submitted by Joy)

Bedfellows

“This is a photo of my mom, my brother, and my sister-in-law with her priceless facial expression. We were on a mini-vacation to the lake. I’m not saying my mom intrudes on their marriage but… she is in bed with them.”

(submitted by Stephanie)

Baby’s Breath

“Being nine years old can be an awkward age but when you have a perm it can double your awkwardness. At the time, I figured being in a wedding would raise my level of coolness. Unfortunately, if I would have know baby’s breath would have been incorporated into my dreadful perm I may have not been so enthusiastic. Also, lets not forget about the radical twist bangs that so elegantly frame the faces of two bridesmaids. And last but not least, the color of the dresses; EGGPLANT? I know my grandmother made every dress in this photo and they were made beautifully but NO loving hard work of any grandmother will take away from the awkwardness of this photo.”

(submitted by Casey)

P.O.W.

“I have no idea why I am holding a knife or have a grenade strapped to my waist, but since I’m crying I can pretty much guarantee my older brother had something to do with it.”

(submitted by Marcy)

Your Dress is Calling

“This is a photo of me – my friends thought this was worth sharing with the site as I’ve become infamous for the phone dress. I don’t know what my mother was thinking, but I think it was, “One day, my daughter’s friends are really going to enjoy making fun of this.”

(submitted by Priscilla)

Over Capacity

“This is a photo of me (in the yellow suit) and my friend Melissa hanging out in a kiddie pool with the three very elderly, very large women-all sisters-who lived next door to me. They were always referred to as ‘the Old Ladies’ and would babysit me sometimes. I don’t know why my parents didn’t stop this from happening. Perhaps they knew the photo would haunt me the rest of my life.”

(submitted by Maggy)

My Favorite Martian 2

“This photo was taken around 1999. I was studying at the School of Art and the teacher wanted us to create a story based on photos. Some students went to the countryside, others to the sea… I was too busy paying attention to my teenage hormones and I ran out of time to do my homework, so I decided it’d be a good idea just taking some pictures of myself in my bath dressed as… God knows! There are a few more with bizarre outfits, but I think this is probably the worst of all.”

(submitted by Veronica in the UK)