Awkward Family Photos

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I am so excited because this weekend we’re taking family photos! We haven’t had a “professional” family shoot since Coco was about 18 months. My sweet friend, Emily, from Juxtapose Media is taking them for us somewhere around Santa Monica or Venice, so we’ll look like one of those really cool families that’s got their stuff together. Outfits will be coordinated. The sun will be all gold and glowy. Yep, we’re gonna look hot.

But we’re also going to look awkward. On purpose. For at least one or two poses.

I put in the request for an awkward family photo. I just have this enormous, unquenchable thirst for awkward photos.

Wouldn’t you love to receive this in the mail as a Christmas card?

 I love them, you see. Can’t get enough of them.

I know this is one of the most famous ones, but man! Gets me every time!

And I want to be in one of them.

 I’m sure I could find more than a few if I were to peruse the old family photo books, but Matt wouldn’t be in them and most of my kids photos are just really adorable. I need that blackmail material. Stuff to threaten them with in high school when they get all rebellious and teenagerish on me.

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Unfortunately, I’m NOT pregnant right now. I say that because awkward pregnancy photos seem to be the top notch material.

Matt’s in such great shape right now. It would be perfect.

So I need your help. I need suggestions about poses or even props that would make for an awesome awkward family photo. It’s gonna be a little difficult because my photographer friend just does beautiful work. And we’re gonna be at the beach, and look perfect, remember? So what are your thoughts?

I need specifics. Outfit ideas, props, poses, theme…it needs to look natural too. Like we meant to take the perfect picture on the beach and it just came out horribly and gloriously wrong.

***All of these photos were found on Awkward Family Photos head over there for some laughs.

6 thoughts on “Awkward Family Photos

  1. hilljean

    I LOVE AFP! I can’t get enough either. I don’t know what possesses people to take those. Stopping by from SITS today.

  2. hilljean

    OMG I am so excited. I don’t have ideas at the moment but maybe something will strike…. I don’t know how you come up with something so horrible!!!!!!! hahaha. I like the one where he is poking preggo in the belly button – – cuz that’s helpful. LOL

  3. Teri

    There’s actually a great book on this! It’s called “Ackward Family Photos” by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, Three Rivers Press. We get it out every Christmas and just laugh til we cry!

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  5. hilljean

    Well…we took our own AFP and I have to say it’s kind of hard work. I think the beauty of these photos is that people aren’t trying to be awkward–they just are. I really don’t understand the whole nakedness thing though. It’s just gross and weird.

    1. Gaila

      I can’t stop laughing… and ya the best AFPs are truly unintentional. The topless jean family photo is so 70’s… I roared cause i’m from that area. I know it seems weird in 2013, but we were the naked generation, and jeans were all we wore! It wasn’t a perverted thing just natural. I find the photo hysterical… blast from the past.


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