Smiling Not Allowed - AFP Hall Of Fame

Smiling Not Allowed

“My mom didn’t like regular family portraits, the ones where everyone cleans up and pretends to like each other, because that would not be an accurate portrayal of her kids. This photo is the second in a series of really freaking embarrassing at the time, but funny as hell now, family portraits. Our only obligation, aside from dressing for the theme, was to NOT smile. This was the most important and we would all get passed if we had to wait for another jackass to stop smiling. Sometimes it took forever. But yes, smiling was not allowed. This picture was the 2nd we had done. The first, we dressed in camouflage and toted water pistols in what has been lovingly named Camp Nicaragua. There was also the Lion Tamer, The Beach, and I think the last one was some Little House On The Prairie theme. But please, don’t smile.

(submitted by Emily)

That’s All, Folks - Family Portrait

That’s All, Folks

“I have a small extended family. These are all the men in it. My dad, my dad’s dad, my mom’s dad, and my 2 brothers and I. My little brother snuck something in to be discovered years later.”

(via source)

The Future Of Walking - Random

The Future Of Walking

“I had my camera to my face and didn’t see this random member of a Segway tour roll into frame when I hit the shutter. Judging from the groom and his groomsmen’s reactions, I don’t think they saw him coming either.”

(submitted by David)

Returning Fire - Christmas

Returning Fire

“This is a Christmas photo shoot of my three boys, then ages two, four, and six. They were supposed to be posing around that box, which was a place holder for their soon-to-be-born sister (the photographer was going to Photoshop her in after she was born). We were trying to get the boys to look at the box in awe, but they didn’t understand. Then one of my sons found a crabapple and threw it right at the photographer…”

(submitted by Liana) 

The Hunter Becomes The Hunted - Random

The Hunter Becomes The Hunted

“Nobody knew the mountain lion was lurking behind him until the photo was developed.”

(submitted by Austin)

The Language Of Love - Mom & Dad

The Language Of Love

“My Mom and Dad at the renowned French chateau in Chambord…with some keen exchange students who seem to have been separated from their group.”

(submitted by Allyson)

You’re Next, Chris - Kids

You’re Next, Chris

“Kids write the best apologies.”

(via source)

Ready To Roll - Kids

Ready To Roll

“I told the kids to get dressed so we could go to the store.”

(via source)

Daughter Brawl - Family Portrait

Daughter Brawl

“This pretty much sums up my childhood. I’m the blond on the left burying my head in my sister’s lap while she gets in a cheap shot. The youngest is fish-hooking my other sister while my mother looks on and laughs My father is letting everyone know what his future looks like with four daughters like these.”

(submitted by Linday)

Bean Machines - Family Portrait

Bean Machines

“My grandmother worked at the Blytheville (AR) Canning Company when I was a kid (owned by Bush’s). At one point, she presented us with matching shirts for Showboat Beans… I’m guessing “Bean Machine” would be powered by flatulence? My mother had the grand idea of a (rare) family photo of us in said shirts. I’m the little kid on the right who can’t close her mouth (still true). IDK if my brother was sticking his tongue out at the photographer or if it had been at me. My mom’s 70’s-era hair is just awesome, as is my dad’s porn-stache (which was usually accompanied by a full beard that he’d just shaven–scaring the bejeebies out of 3-year-old-me). My grandmother passed away ten years ago, and this was a treasured photo still proudly on display in her house when we emptied it out.”

(submitted by Beth)