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Family Portrait

Ratt’s Nest

“My mom had a free session at Olan Mills and she said if I went with her, I could wear whatever I wanted and I could ‘Ratt’ my hair.”

(submitted by IG @jaret2113)

Bear Lake

“A very short-lived photo studio opened at the mall near our house and my brother and I begged for months to get our family photo taken there.  Finally, our parents relented and  our family spent a glorious evening trying a variety of poses and costumes before selecting this gem.  The real highlight came with people’s reactions to the photo after we had it framed and placed over the fireplace.  Because this was before the advent of Photoshop, a lot of people ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT THIS HAD HAPPENED…even one of my brother’s girlfriends.”

(submitted by Allie)

The Viking Compromise

“I wanted to get family portraits done. My husband did not. This was our solution.”

(submitted by Nicole)

All Thumbs

“Taken at a family reunion in northern Illinois in 2002. My siblings and I are showing off a talent that runs in our father’s side of the family.”

(submitted by Andrew)

Falling Slowly

“My daughter and I had been holding hands and she was leaning away from me and our photographer caught the perfect moment.  So the rest of us are looking fabulous while my 2 year old is crashing into the pavement.”

… and later that day. Seriously.

(submitted by Ashley)

Mantlehead

“Photo of my two brothers, my sister-in-law and myself (the head apparently sitting on the mantle). My white sweater on a white background helped to complete the unintentional illusion.”

(submitted by Mark)

The Great Cousins Photo of 1989

“We had a family photo of all the cousins (minus 2 who weren’t born yet) taken for my grandparents wedding anniversary.”

(submitted by Rob)

Adventure Time

“My mom thought this picture would be a great surprise for my dad. My little brother looks like a natural bow hunter and my sister apparently enjoy’s bird watching. I got put in the back to catch my pretend fish because my nose is peeling from a very bad sunburn. Our dog isn’t even happy to be in the picture.”

(submitted by Nicholas)

Single Motherhood

“My Mom took me and my brothers to get our picture taken. The look on Mom’s face sums up what it’s like to be a single mother.”

(submitted by Colette)

Say Yes To The Vest

“On family picture day, we were made to wear these homemade vests with prints of Scottish terriers on them. But what the camera doesn’t capture is the shame we felt when we put them on. Unable to look each other in the eye, we bore our humiliation with silent equanimity. The dogs and the baby weren’t having it either.”

(submitted by Christopher)