Wordful Wednesday: How To Take Awkward Family Photos

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Today is a big deal, folks. I’m finally going to share the awkward family photos we took a month ago!

Ok, ok. Maybe you got a sneak peak on my Facebook–the personal Facebook account. Now I have two Facebooks. If you’re not a Facebook fan of Because My Life Is Fascinating, please take a minute and “like” me. I figure if you’re here now then most likely you actually do like me. We’re friends. I would share my last stick of gum with you, don’t ya know?

So go like me. I’ll wait here and find more gum.

I’m still waiting.

Why hello again! Alright, time for the big reveal! So I must confess, getting something awkward on purpose with two toddlers is actually very difficult. While my kids generally cooperate in screwing up a good picture they just didn’t seem to think this worth their while.

I suppose they could sense a difference in attire and stance, and thought, “So they’re wanting awkward. I’ll give ’em cute…No, wait. I’ll just be boring. For once.” Devious little minions.

This one’s a little better.

The good news is the hubs and I happen to be very awkward people great actors and we managed to pull something off. At least I think so.

We decided to do Awkward Romantic Photos, and that’s something for you newly engaged ones to think about. What about saving the date with something awkward? Something that people will REALLY want to put up on their fridge. It’s just a thought.

Our theme sort of evolved for us on the sand.We went for Dirty Dancing and it actually turned out a little more dirty than anticipated.

It started out innocent enough.

Still good. Nerdy, but good.

And then this happened.

Yes, he is holding me up by the boobs. NO, we did not do that on purpose. Remember, we’re not skilled gymnasts, nor do we practice yoga of any sort.

So yes, you could say I took one for the team.

We went to great lengths for these photos. I just want you to appreciate that.
But then sometimes we try to be awkward and just end up looking adorable. It’s a curse, really.
Sometimes we try to be cute and just end up looking awkward.

In this photo, Coco was supposed to kiss Chaucer’s cheek as I kiss Matt’s. Why she had to first peel her brother’s face off is a mystery and bother to me. Clearly. I believe I am hissing at her right here. Meanwhile, Matt looks on with puppy adoration cause I’m just so darn cute when I’m angry. Chaucer’s wondering how long he has to put up with this before he can go chase that seagull over yonder. 

Yes, I think that explains what we’re doing for any curious onlooker. And just so you know, we CAN take a good picture, too. It’s just not as fun.


Well, did I inspire you to embrace the awkward? Are you gonna do it now? Are ya, are ya, are ya? Do you have any great awkward photo ideas?

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P.S. These photos were taken by the very beautiful and talented and wonderful Emily Rickard of Juxtapose Media.
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52 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday: How To Take Awkward Family Photos

  1. Kellie

    OMG, the adorableness in these is ridiculous! And the description of what is going on in the pic where Coco is “peeling off” Chaucer’s face was hysterical! Thank you for the fun start to my morning!

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    1. hillary

      Hahah! Glad you liked it. Her peeling off his face is one of my all time faves ????

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  2. hilljean

    This is so funny! I love the outhouse one! I may have to swipe that idea!

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  3. hilljean

    Love them! And, yes, not matter how hard you try to be awkward, you’re still adorable!

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  5. hilljean

    I like pies and brownies! Let’s see…I am not sure about the bruises, but I’ve seen pictures on Pinterest where they do like a mud fight or paint fight. Do you watch Modern Family? It’s like my very favorite show on TV (besides Downton Abby) but anyways, they try to take a huge family picture and everyone is wearing white. All white. And then somebody gets mad and chucks a big handful of mud. It escalates into a giant mud fight and the photographer captures it. The pictures are so fun!

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  6. hilljean

    Oh I love this! And my boobs are hurting in sympathy for that one shot… ????

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  7. hilljean

    I’m not sure if I love the Port-O-John picture or Coco peeling Chaucer’s face off more!

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  8. hilljean

    DO IT! Don’t you think those ones are so much more interesting and say so much more about you? Hahaha!

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  9. hilljean

    Go for it! Just make sure you’re both wearing shoes! You’ll notice my husband forgot his :0

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  10. hilljean

    Love the idea but would not be able to cope with being held up by the boobs. I guess I’m just not that dedicated to the cause!

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  11. hilljean

    So now I guess I really should scan and post our really awkward family pictures that we took without trying to be awkward! Seriously, I ran across a few the other day that are hard to beat!

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  12. hilljean

    Yes, I wish we had prepared a little more for such a sacrifice. Maybe some chest exercises or something.

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  13. hilljean

    LOL!! I love all of the pictures! They’re fun… silly… unique… and probably just you guys!

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  14. hilljean

    When I come up next weekend I want to grab some of them and scan them! I’m sure we’ve got some gold in there.

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  15. hilljean

    These photos are so fun and fabulously awkward! Love them!

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  16. hilljean

    You know, I didn’t even notice while it was happening. But I was definitely dedicated. Awkward family photos are difficult to take on purpose, believe it or not.

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  17. hilljean

    I know. I really think the accidental awkwards are actually the most funny. It’s positively violent, but I love it.

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  19. AJ Collins

    HAHAHAHA! I love these. I was sitting and perusing Pinterest and saw this and I love awkward things and this made me almost pee my pants. Thank you. I am now following just because you made me laugh so hard. My favorite is the one with your little girl squishing your boys face… awesome.

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  20. hilljean

    Haha! I serious laughed out loud at this!! (My son came over to see what I was laughing about… he didn’t get it…). If only kids would cooperate for pictures… {sigh}

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  21. hilljean

    Yes, the face peel might be blown up and framed. It might be the Christmas card. Who knows?

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  22. Sarah Beth

    This made me laugh so hard. Thanks =) Needed that this morning. Found your blog via Wordless Wednesday link party and am following. Come check out my blog if you get a chance =)

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  23. hilljean

    Oh. Oh. Oh. I want to see this! It sounds like the creme of the crop! If you weren’t using it as a book cover I’d beg you to let me feature it over here! But that’d be like me asking to borrow an heirloom. That’s so wonderful. Thank you for stopping by!

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  24. hilljean

    You always want pictures to capture the type of person you are. For instance, I am incredibly clumsy, am always coated with bruises, and am ever sarcastic. Now, if you can find a way where I am able to incorporate all of that into one image, I will worship you. No, really, WORSHIP. I will send you pies. (Unless you don’t like pies; then I will send you brownies.) Anyway, I think these pictures are hilarious, and they’ll probably always make you laugh. “Nice” family photos are always good to have and to pass on to others, but the candid ones–the “unfortunate” and ill-timed ones–always show us who we are at that moment.

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  25. hilljean

    Yay! Glad you came and glad you liked it ???? Some people probably wouldn’t see the humor, but I’m glad you did!

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  26. hilljean

    You know we never take an awkward photo in this house (wink, wink!). You made me smile with this post. Cute family.

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  27. hilljean

    I avoid photos like the plague. But I have a fav’ awkward one…I was 9, and we were on a family cruise, dressed to the nines, all poised…and then smack dab front and center, me, bent over double, hair all cousin-it like, hands hanging down like I’m dead. It speaks volumes and will be..WILL BE the cover of that book/memoir I wanna write.

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  28. hilljean

    Yes, they are us. We are terribly awkward people, so I think this captures us pretty well ????

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  29. hilljean

    Aww thanks, Karee. I think the fun we were having might have been used against us ????

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  30. hilljean

    Ok, seriously.. this is my first time on your blog and I am crying I am laughing so hard! I came via pinterest for the mother daughter dates. Very entertaining!

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  31. hilljean

    Good! I’m glad it brought a smile ???? I hope to inspire awkwardness all around!

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  32. hilljean

    This post is AWESOME!! If I was braver, I would post the ABSOLUTELY HECK NO DELETE THOSE RIGHT AWAY photos from our family shoot, ha ha. Thanks for sharing these ????

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  33. hilljean

    Okay, the porta-potty one is amazing. As is the one with the face peel.

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