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Family Portrait

Ghosting

“I’m the boy in the picture with my family. Apparently, the ghostbusters craze got the best of my mom and she made us walk through the mall in those stupid shirts to get our picture taken. From the look on my sister’s face, I don’t think she was too thrilled with the whole idea either.”

(Submitted by Trevor)

Clown Funeral

“Visiting my Grandfather’s grave in 1997. I’m the one looking in the camera, hoping my Mother’s clown gene is recessive.”

(submitted by Celeste)

Big Red

“My mom sewed clothes for the family when I was growing up. Since our family sang together in churches in Indiana and Michigan in the 70’s, she had the grand idea of making red polyester suits with a hint of orange Polka dots (along with the awesomely huge bow ties). Gotta love ya, Mom! And BTW, I’m the little boy next to dad. Today, my family of 7 children all play in our own family music group, but without the polyester.”

(submitted by John)

Comfort Pack

“It was a “Sears photo” type situation from back around 1969-1970, my mother (all of 19) said they were trying to get me to sit still and stop squawking (which has gotten worse as I’ve gotten older). She cannot recall exactly, but she believes that my father (20) who smoked (natch), presumably handed them to me as a distraction (or maybe I just crawled over and grabbed them to smoke one, honestly, I wouldn’t put it past me, even as a toddler) so the photographer could snap the picture.”

(submitted by Taryn)

First Family

“When my parents were getting their portraits taken, the photographer had an idea. My Mom wore a tube top and my Dad took his shirt off! The photographer even entered this in a photography contest and won. He gave them a copy of the photo for posing for him, but what he truly gave us is an amazing captured moment that made me wonder if this is what married life is like. I saw this picture every day hanging up in their bedroom.”

(submitted by Nicole)

Nogjam

“This is a photo of myself (mom) and my family, minus our oldest daughter, who wouldn’t be caught dead in this photo.”

(submitted by Tricia)

Rocket Launcher

“This was taken on a beach in Connecticut. My photographer was screaming and we had no idea why. Then she showed me the picture!”

(submitted by Kristen) 

Clutching Pearls

“The moment my mom realized I was going to be a handful.”

(submitted by IG @sheridanelli

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)

Here’s Looking At You, Kid

“This photo was one pose in a series of shots my family had taken in about 1981. The photographer told the rest of my family to just stare at me while I tried to look dignified.”

(submitted by Ben)