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Family Portrait

Phoning It In

“This is a photo of my whole family. My uncle was away on a hunting trip, so my aunt gave the photographer a picture of him so he could just ‘blend him in’ to the background. Clearly this man was a professional!”

(submitted by Dana)

The Choker

“This is a picture of my brother and me. He is 13 years older than I am and he would constantly pick on me growing up. Apparently he couldn’t stop himself during the family photo session.”

(submitted by Sandy)

Nature Called

“My husband and I wanted to take a Christmas family photo with our dog Rylee, but he kept wandering off. When we got home our photographer called us and said, ‘I found where Rylee was.”
(submitted by Allyson)

Timer Troubles

“This family portrait was taken in 1970. My Dad had a new slide camera with a timer. I’m the one in the ‘fashionable’ white polyester pantsuit. I have no idea what my mother was doing, but obviously, no one was ready for the shot.”

(submitted by Gayle)

The Compromise

“1979. The first time I had to get my picture taken at JC Penney’s with my baby brother, who had stolen my spotlight a few months before. I threw a tantrum, but then finally agreed to be in the picture. I still refused to smile.”

(submitted by Jennifer)

Suspension Of Disbelief

“This is a picture of me (the little girl), my brother, and my parents. Yes, my brother is wearing acid washed jeans held up by red suspenders. Yes, my father is rockin’ the pencil ‘stache. Yes, I have the ‘I need an adult’ face. I’m not sure what concerns me more – what my parents are doing to my brother or my brother’s enjoyment of it.”

(submitted by Phuong)

Crossed Up

“From our family portrait session in 1991. Olan Mills gave us  this photo at no additional charge. Guess who probably got a spanking later that evening.”

(submitted by James)

Cowboy Up

“I actually like these photos, which I believe are the only posed photos we ever had shot as a family. Sure, future generations will look at us and think WTF? But those were the times, man, and my Dad loved his cowboy hat.”

(submitted by Tammy)

Shell Shock

“This was in October, 1999. I thought it would be cute. My husband about killed me. I hired a professional photographer. We were in costume for over an hour. Husband drank beer to get through it. I can’t believe now that I did this. Also my daughter had just given herself a nice bang trim.”

(submitted by Tracy)

Dry Christmas

“This was my family’s Christmas card for 1995. My mom came up with the crazy idea to have us all wear different towels in the picture. It still makes me laugh every time I see it.”

(submitted by Brynn)