We are proud to announce the Awkward Colorado Portrait Photo Contest in partnership with History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.
We’re looking for awkward family portraits from Colorado families like the one above! We want to see your best uncomfortable poses, matching outfits, and forced smiles .
Submit by 10/23/16 and the winning photo earns a permanent place in the traveling AFP Museum Exhibition which is currently on display at History Colorado Center through January 8th, 2017!
“This picture is of my little sister Noelle and me. This was from sometime in 1996. The fact that I was nine years old is my only excuse for my extraordinary bad outfit.
I loved playing with my baby sister. I am 9 years older than her, so I was able to be more interactive with her as a baby than I had been with my other younger siblings. So I was holding her up in the air over my head, playing ‘airplane.’ The following conversation occurred between my mom and I, moments before this photo was taken:
Mom: Rachel, she just ate, you probably shouldn’t do that.
Rachel: No, she burped she will be fine.
Mom: It really isn’t a good idea.
Rachel: But she is having so much fun.
*Noelle proceeds to spit up all over Rachel’s face*
Rachel: AHHHHHHH! MOM I NEED A TOWEL!
*Mom runs and grabs a camera*
Mom: Told ya.
One of the best examples ever of ‘Mommy Knows Best.'”
(submitted by Rachel)
“This is my oldest brother and his wife, pre-kids. Allegedly, the traveling photographer assured him he would frame from the waist up, but obviously didn’t. But that only explains the shorts, leaving us to wonder about so many other decisions they made prior to sitting for this session.”
(submitted by Amy)
“It was 1992. We were at my now-wife’s senior prom. This was our umpteenth picture and we just wanted to hurry up and get out of those clothes–I mean, get to the dance.”
“Circa 1984. Dad felt my school band photo failed to capture the spirit of my role in the North Stafford High School marching band, so he decided to stage a photo of me in my uniform…in the woods…in a chair that just happened to be there…without my sax. I think I look like the young regent of Sherwood Forest, perhaps its constable, given the bobby hat. In the truest sense of the term, this is an awkward family photo.”
(submitted by Chris)