Behind The Awkwardness

Carousel - Behind The Awkwardness

Carousel

“My father was taking the photo. Mom was holding me the first time around. Second time not so much.”

(submitted by Sean)

Feeling Groovy - Behind The Awkwardness

Feeling Groovy

“My “Far-Out” mama apparently thought all of us wearing tie-dye and making our hair as feathered as possible would make the perfect family photo. Please keep in mind this was taken in 1992, when neither tie-dye nor blue eyeliner were in fashion… Thanks Mom!”

(submitted by Hilary)

World’s Best Dad - Behind The Awkwardness

World’s Best Dad

“Here is a picture I drew for my dad when I was 8 years old back in the day (1999). I have no idea why I decided to draw a devilish pig, with flames bursting in the background, because he is a good guy. Hmmm, if that’s my dad, I wonder what that makes me?”

(submitted by Adam)

Cone Of Silence - Behind The Awkwardness

Cone Of Silence

“Yes, this is my family. I am the smallest conehead. In a brilliant wave of genius, my mother thought she had come to the ultimate family Halloween costume. She found these smelly, rubber coneheads at a some long forgotten costume shop. We were all a little uncomfortable with it, but with only a few short days until Halloween complete with invite to yearly Halloween party, where were constantly berated and ridiculed for our costumes by this bougie family who seemingly had NO END to there arsenal of elaborate Halloween costume ideas.  So, we went to the party, and after a few dull roars from the crowd of party-goers, the bougie family swooped in to steal our thunder donned as the ENTIRE cast of the Never Ending Story…yep… even Valkor.”

(submitted by Maggie)

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The Unintentional Shining Reproduction

“We were touring our new house while it was under construction in 1989. I was 4. My parents were taking pictures of various rooms and I was wandering. Then this happened in a hallway.”

(submitted by Austin)

Christmeaster - Behind The Awkwardness

Christmeaster

“In an odd turn of events, we chose to celebrate Easter at the most appropriate time. Please note the stockings.”

(submitted by Theresa)

Banana Split - Behind The Awkwardness

Banana Split

“My grandmother owns a store in the town I grew up in and every year she enters a float, representing the store, into the summer parade. Of course, this meant that I had to be on every one, usually in some ridiculous costume. I think that this was by far the most embarrassing year though. I’m the waving cherry on the far right and my cousin, on the far left, took the smarter approach and didn’t show his face for the entire parade.”

(submitted by Treg)

A Little Higher - Babies

A Little Higher

“In my own defense, my son didn’t actually hit the tree branch, though I have no answer for why he isn’t wearing pants.”

(submitted by Anthony)

Tipsy - Babies

Tipsy

“This is an outtake for a staged Christmas photo of me and my brother Tom. As you can see from the look of terror on his face, Tom began to tip over. That’s mom’s hand trying to keep him from going baby ass over elbow.”

(submitted by Christine)

Wonder Woman - Behind The Awkwardness

Wonder Woman

“This is my mom and dad who went to visit my brother in Texas. They stopped off at a scenic overlook in Austin to take some pictures. I have no idea who that is in the background nor why they are dressed that way, but they obviously thought it was a Kodak moment too.”

UPDATE: Sooo… we heard from Jennifer, the Superhero in the background, and got her side of the story.

“As for the pic, it was w/ a pro photographer for some promo work I was doing. My last name is Justice so I was doing a superhero theme.  I think this was like March ’09. OMFG, I’m still laughing! Too funny. Anyway, I’m not sure exactly whats going on w/ my face here but I’m sure its more annoyed w/ sun in the face and the wind doing the exact opposite of what we were wanting. I know we got the shot because I used it for awhile but I can’t seem to find it at the moment. Anyway, enjoy! I’ve got more family portraits to bomb… UP UP AND AWAY!!

(submitted by Stephanie)