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Pep Talk

“This photo was captured by my uncle at my mom’s wedding to my step-father, when I was five. I was supposed to be flower girl and here is my mom trying to convince me to carry out my duties. I was unhappy about my haircut at the time being so bad and boyishly short. I was also unhappy about wearing a dress. I have never been very girly and can count the number of times I’ve worn a dress on one hand.”

(submitted by Stephanie)

It Was A Very Good Year

“I was in first grade. I thought I looked REALLY spiffy in that black jacket, silk vest, and bolo tie. I didn’t realize that I looked like a toothless chimpanzee wearing glasses.”

(submitted by Josh)

The Look

“My niece and nephew on their school field day, my sister was taking pics, and already had taken my nephews. It was time for my nieces and right before she snapped the pic he jumped in. The look is priceless!”

(submitted by Whendee)

Wings

“This is not how I envisioned my senior portrait. I really wanted an understated angelic presence…who wants only serious Senior portraits? You know, leading against a brick wall with my arms crossed, in a casual sweater and jeans and you know…wings unfurled behind me. However the photographer wasn’t prepared and he only had wings with big fluffy straps that were very visible when I put them on. I also didn’t have the photography package that would let us go on location so I had to settle for in-studio. The gold gauze was his solution for covering up the straps. So much for my understated, casual angelic pose. I ended up with a more of an angel glamour shoot. Wouldn’t you believe, this is the photo most of my classmates wanted.”

(submitted by Katie)

Then Came The Chicken

“My youngest brother refused to be in the photo for our church telephone book unless he could wear his cowboy suit. The accordion followed. Then came the chicken. I just get to be awkward because I’m in fourth grade and have a turtle t-shirt and a severe part.”

(submitted by Lily)

Hipster

“So my dad got his hip replaced and had the doctor save it so he could turn it into a cane.”

(via source)

She’s A Keeper

“Found this picture of my sister and I. She was probably about two weeks old in this picture. Right about the time I realized that we were keeping her and I was no longer an only child.”

(via Colleen)

The Rink

Oh, Canada.

(via donthatebeth)

Cool And The Gang

“While we were never the type of family to sit for a studio portrait, someone stumbled across a coupon and decided to give it a shot. Mind you, this is the ONE AND ONLY family portrait we ever took. I am on the bottom left with the too-big-for-my-face white fashion glasses and the poorly chopped bangs.) I vaguely recall that we had a family meeting and decided to try and look “cool” — hence the sunglasses and the emotionless faces. I’m not sure what’s more entertaining: the fact that no one is wearing sleeves? Or that there is an honest to God ALF t-shirt being worn in all seriousness?”

(submitted by Erin)

Tourist Trap

“This is my family touring in Germany back in the 80’s. If we were anymore blatantly American, we would have been wearing American flag pants and “I Love America” t-shirts. I’m the one in the blue pants hiked up nice and high. Guess I wanted to make sure everyone saw my socks with Jellies.”

(submitted by Gina)