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Behind The Awkwardness


“This photo was taken in the early 90’s. I am the Pink Panther and the Michelin man’s hybrid in the middle. I still wonder if that visit to the ski resort was a last minute decision, because that’s the only explanation I can find for our outfits. My mom is now 71 and she always wears trousers, what on Earth made her think a leather jacket and a skirt would be a proper outfit for the snow? And what about my dad– did he have all his snow clothes in the washing machine? Have you seen those sunglasses? My eyes are bleeding.”

(submitted by Veronica)

Tube Tops

“This is a portrait of me and my mom taken at the local Woolworth’s in the late 70’s. My mom thought it would be cute to take photos in our tube tops. I posted this pic on FB as it’s always been one of my favorites; I thought it was so sweet. Two weeks ago, a friend saw it on FB and suggested that it could be a contender for your site. I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF THE PHOTO IN THAT LIGHT, but now that I see what others see, I can’t stop laughing.”

(submitted by Ruth)

Clown Funeral

“Visiting my Grandfather’s grave in 1997. I’m the one looking in the camera, hoping my Mother’s clown gene is recessive.”

(submitted by Celeste)


“My poor mom, so happy thinking that Dad was taking a picture of her while on vacation. BTW, this is the same mom from the AFP photo Up in the Tub.

(submitted by Maribeth, circa 1976)

Baby In A Basket

“My truly loving parents in 1978, but my father’s wicked sense of humor.”

(submitted by Arran in Canada)

Eyes Wide Shut

“This is one of the many awkward engagement photos my fiance and i took. The photographer directed us to close our eyes and look relaxed. My fiance nailed it… actually, I think he fell asleep.”

(submitted by Janice)

The Incredible Hulk

“My cousins got together for a Christmas family photo. Everyone was asked to wear their best outfit. Needless to say, it was open to interpretation for one of my cousins.”

(submitted by Victor)

Ready For Church

“My parents and brother were so excited to go back to church. They went to my uncles and had him take some pictures. Overly excited, they overlooked the background.”

(submitted by Shanda)

That Magic Moment

“Where to start…the wind blowing my hair into my mouth the exact moment of our kiss? My husband’s amazing glowing mullet? Our preacher digging the moment? I just can’t decide!”

(submitted by Fran)


“This is of my older sister, perfect in all pictures, and older brother’s gigantically chubby head. The photographer thought this was the best picture of the whole shoot. My mom thought it was hilarious and horrifying, so of course she bought it to add to the awkward family photos we had for years to come.”

(submitted by Caitlin)