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Behind The Awkwardness

Out Of The Picture

“My grandma wasn’t too happy when my dad and my step-mom got divorced. She decided the best way to handle it was to cut her out, literally. I am the one to the right feeling a little left out.”

(submitted by Amber)

Captain Hooked

“This is my husband and I the night of our wedding. His “friends” thought it would be funny to put a fish hook on the steering wheel of the car, because I “HOOKED” him. In our celebratory state he got the hook stuck in his hand. We had to go to the ER to get it removed and he had to get a tetanus shot. The ER staff took this picture and gave us back the hook to keep.”

(submitted by Becky)

Spit It Out

“Seemingly unaware that me (the baby) was about to spit up, my sister (yes, she looks like a boy, pre-donny osmond I suppose) holds that completely straight face through the whole picture…even with the wet stickiness on her arm.¬† I guess my mom should have tried harder to burp me before they took pictures.”

(submitted by Megan)

Pretty In Pink 5

“In the fall of ’85, when I was a junior in high school, a new, slick student asked me to go to Homecoming. I was smitten and immediately said yes. After my mother bought me a rather expensive (and fluffy) dress, the slick boy of my dreams asked someone else and dumped me. I was embarrassed and heartbroken. A few days later one of the nicest and most popular seniors in the entire school asked me to go to homecoming in the hall. While it was painfully obvious that he had been roped into it by a parent or my bigger brother, I agreed to his self-sacrifice. We ended up double-dating with one of the girls in my class and her senior boyfriend, and I had a wonderful time. He even kissed me good night, in that polite, “you weren’t a bad pity day” sort of way that good guys do.

John, wherever you are, you were my red-headed knight in shining armor. And sunglasses. So no one knew it was you who was with me. I bet you turned out wonderfully.”

(submitted by Daphne)

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Waxed

“My father and his soon-to-be-wife. There is no explanation needed.”

(submitted by Hannah)

Swiss Misters

“Me with my two brothers in 1968. We just moved to Switzerland¬† where my father got a good job with a much better salary than before. So we were showing off a new bicycle, a new scooter, new clothes, and my mother’s impeccable sense of fashion.”

(submitted by Gautier in France)

Macho Man

“This is my little sister in costume for her dance routine to the Village People’s “Macho Man” song. The sad part is, someone put a lot of effort into creating this monstrosity, and what’s worse, made her wear it.”

(submitted by Celia)

The Christening

“This was my Christening, June 1971. I’m the baby obviously, my Godmother is holding me, my parents are next to her. Their hideous outfits aren’t the “awkward” part of this photo. In the background, my grandmother is pulling my sister’s hair while my brother is recovering from a smack! All of this right on the front steps of a church.”

(submitted by Debbie)

Thumbelina

“We had the worst wedding photographer in the world. I think this says it all.”

(submitted by Amy)

Deep Cover

“My wife was rushing me to get ready for graduation. She said we are gonna be late and we have to take pictures. I had just gotten out of the shower and ran in with my cover dog (Biscuit).”

(submitted by William)