Smiling Not Allowed 2 - Behind The Awkwardness

Smiling Not Allowed 2

“Camp Nicaragua. This photo was taken around the same time as the political uprising that was going on in Nicaragua in the late 80s. Mother would tell people we were a bunch of refugees she had taken in.

(submitted by Emily)

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)