Behind The Awkwardness

Thistle - Behind The Awkwardness

Thistle

“This a wonderful picture of my husband when he had a patch over his left eye. He told me that his dad made him pose forever to take a picture, and my husband, fed up trying to get the right pose for him decided to grab the first “flower” he saw. I guess that his right eye wasn’t that good either because, that flower was basically thistle, which is considered one of the ugliest weeds in Spain.”

(submitted by Eli)

Vanilla - Behind The Awkwardness

Vanilla

“My brother must have just turned 14 or 15 which apparently means that there is no party anymore. Instead he was stuck with an undecorated cake and a chicken pox/calamine lotion covered little sister to take his picture with. Clearly, neither one of us was very happy about it.”

(submitted by Jamie)

The Waiting Game - AFP Hall Of Fame

The Waiting Game

“This is a photo of my wife in the late 80’s with her father waiting for her prom date to pick her up. As you can see by the photo, she wasn’t very happy posing for a pic with shirtless dad.”

(submitted by Tim)

Cape Fear - Behind The Awkwardness

Cape Fear

“A photo of my grandmother and I, wearing the awful cape my mother made me and insisted I wear every Yuletide for years!”

(submitted by Amanda)

She Bangs - Behind The Awkwardness

She Bangs

“The day before school pictures 1984 my mom was complaining that I wore black too often (all the time). So after making myself beautiful on school picture day I grabbed an old white sweater vest out of her closet and wore it to school. She still was not pleased with my school photos. Wonder why?”

(submitted by Mara)

Tick Tick Boom - Behind The Awkwardness

Tick Tick Boom

“My (then) fiance (now new hubby!) and I decided to compile childhood pictures for a slideshow to have at our recent wedding reception.  When going through his stack of photos, nothing could have prepared me for this gem I came across! And to my surprise, he thought it was an awesome picture and wondered why I was laughing so hard!  (His words – “That is a really cool picture – I love that picture!” )  I still don’t understand what a ladder and boom-box have to do with beachwear. And why is he posing like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model?”

(submitted by Rebeka)

Baggy - Behind The Awkwardness

Baggy

“Mom decided to save money on costumes that “you only wear once.” She tied trash bags on my brother and I and stuffed them with newspaper, smeared brown eye shadow on our faces and pasted big signs on our chests that said TRASH.”

(submitted by Michelle)

Backseat Rider - Behind The Awkwardness

Backseat Rider

Christmas of 1982.  I was 2 years old and obviously not the favorite child.  My only option was to take a “back seat” to my sister, Meghan (age 5) if I wanted to sled ride, even if it meant riding on my stomach down the slope.  Apparently this was seemed like a safe idea to my dad (pictured) and my mom who snapped this shot!  This picture pretty much sums up the next 30 years of my life.

(submitted by Kristin)

Merry Christmas from AFP! - Behind The Awkwardness

Merry Christmas from AFP!

“This was taken back in 1971 when I was about 18 months old. My grandmother had one of our cousins dress up as Santa to surprise me and my aunt (who is holding me). I’m not sure what happened to Santa on the way over…..looks like he was run over by one of his reindeer. I think this is where I got my early love of all things scary :)”

(submitted by Heather)

Tape - AFP Hall Of Fame

Tape

“My father took this picture of my brothers and I. He’s from Slovakia and English is his second language. Maybe he couldn’t read the sign.”

(submitted by Jessica)