Family Portraits Gone Wrong

Dawn Davenport


Have a laugh at other people's families' awkward photos.

Have a laugh at other people’s families’ awkward photos.

I thought we could all use a bit of humor to warm us up this week, and there is simply no better place to find humor than the great website Awkward Family Photos.  I focused on the family portraits for this blog.  Here are some of my favorites with my comments.  Please share your own comments. If these pictures don’t inspire commenting, nothing will.


Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall when friends and family opened this family’s holiday card with this family portrait?!?  And guys, while six-pack abs aren’t a requirement for shirtless shots, they don’t hurt either.  I guess the same could be said for women, but she looks pretty darn good.


The girl on the left seems to be the only one who gets that this picture is likely to come back to haunt them.


Again, it’s the kid who seems to get it. Just take a look at her face. Also, I just gotta ask: Is that a live or dead animal between his legs, and why in the world is it there????


Like it or not, after a certain age, there are just some things that should not be memorialized on film.  I should add that I count myself in that certain age now and avoid all pictures of me in a bathing suit, no matter how thin I’m feeling.


Oh man, been there, done that. I actually included this one because of what it says about the photographer. I can’t decide if it shows extreme optimism (maybe, just maybe, the kid’ll stop crying, and all the friends will get out of the way) or stupidity (this will make a good shot).


A picture is worth a thousand words. Is this a happy family, or what!


In fairness, it is hard to come up with new ideas for posing six people of varying sizes.  Clearly, some ideas are better than others.


Look closely.  Yep, that’s a kid on the ground. Only those amongst you without a picture in your family album of a kid pitching a fit during portrait time are allowed to throw the first stone.


Again, I have some sympathy with the difficulty of creative posing of six people, but surely once they saw this one, they realized their mistake.  Of course, maybe this reflects how these parents feel–mired, stuck, captured.


We offer you our fourth born child.


Image credit: djwudi

08/02/2011 | by Dawn Davenport | Categories: Adoption, Adoption Blog, Blog | 15 Comments

15 Responses to Family Portraits Gone Wrong

  1. Avatar Dawn says:

    Ann, I must admit that I hadn’t thought of that possibility with #1. It does put it in a different light. And yeah, we have a few #8s in our album.

  2. Avatar Hollie Roxanne Ferrall says:


  3. Avatar Heather Roppolo Guidone says:

    LOL! Great!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Avatar Denise says:

    OK, I needed a laugh today, but in response to some:
    #1 – And I was worried about the old “naked baby on a rug/in a bathtub photos.
    #2 – give Mom a break, maybe she’s worried her time in the royal family has passed her by.
    #4 – girl on left is following right along in Mom’s attractive shoes
    #6 – what year did they get these dresses/outfits?
    #7 – we have 8 people and we can come up with better poses than the headless horsepeople in reverse.
    #8 – ours aren’t pitching fits, we have at least 1 in the group facing BACKWARD in every picture.
    #9 – we call this pose “Sit, Spin and Duck” in our Think Smart Stay Safe Class…a technique to keep from being abducted when you can’t get away from a predator. Hang on for dear life while screaming and making yourself impossible to pick up and abduct.

    These are a hoot!

  5. Avatar Ann says:

    Oh My Gosh Dawn I haven’t laughed so hard in days!
    Photo #1 is just plain creepy…But maybe they are a family of nudists and this was their “G” rated at a family photo…
    and I must admit we have many #8’s of our own.. these were awesome! Thanks for the laugh!!

  6. Avatar Dianne Long says:

    Very funny! Thanks for the laugh!

  7. Avatar Sherry says:

    So family #1 is obviously not adoptive, because if so, that photo would have been burned from history! I’m thinking that family portraits are not the photographer’s main genre 😉

  8. Avatar Jessica says:

    Oh, Dawn that #8 has me laughing for minutes on end. I’m still laughing.

    • Avatar Dawn says:

      Jessica, we have one slightly similar in our family album. You can’t see the actual fit in progress, but you can see the bribe I gave to get the stubborn little bugger to act normal and smile for the picture.

  9. Avatar Eva says:

    Those are hysterical! I’m having a hard time getting past the mother’s hair in #9 though to even see what you mentioned. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Avatar Anonymous says:

    seems like the kid in the middle of the pack in #7 might feel a little “put upon”!!

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