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Family Portrait

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)

One Big Happy

“This is a photo of me, my cat and my best friends from high school. Looking back on it now I think it makes us look like we’re all married to each other. Epic!”

(submitted by Lizy)

Window Watchers

“While I was having a photo shoot, my mother decided it would be totally acceptable to have the photographer take photos of her and my brother creepin’ through the weird window in this photo. As you can tell, I was pissed and didn’t want to have anything to do with this picture. This picture has been making me, family and friends laugh since 1995! Thanks Madre!”

(submitted by Mercedes)

The Spirit Of ’93

“My sister hired a photographer to take our family picture all dressed up in our red, white and blue in 1993.  Our Dad, pictured in the white shoes, was very patriotic and my sisters and I are as well.  It all made sense at the time but now we can laugh and call this picture one of our most awkward family photos!  Thank you to my sister  for always thinking up such wonderful memories for our family!!”

(submitted by Connie)

Red, White, And Groovy

“My Mom has always been a creative sewer. Back in the early 70’s she thought dressing the family alike in the cool, trendy flag cloth would be a great idea. Note the awesome brown polyester pants and cool white belts sported by the guys! And little me on my father’s knee! This picture has been out of the family’s eye for decades and I recently dug it out of somewhere.  I showed it to my Mom and her reaction was “Good lord, what was I thinking?” That got a huge chuckle from me!”

(submitted by Ann)

 

The Patriot

“This is my family’s one and only professionally taken portrait. I remember being so angry my mom made me wear the uniform from my Fife and Drum Marching Band (for which I also had no love). The photo sessions were taken at my grammar school so the entire school was able to partake in my misery. I am smiling though. Somehow.”

(submitted by Colleen)