Awkward Embarrassing Family Photos That Should've Stayed Hidden

By Sarah Norman | February 1, 2024

A good thought gone bad

Getting your family together is a hassle regardless of whether you're trying to take a swell portrait, a photo for a Christmas card, or some good ol' fashioned prom snapshots. There are some people who are adept at taking good pictures, but most of us just wind up taking cringeworthy shots that we'd rather hide in a drawer than show the world.

Today, we can take a million pictures to find the right one, but in the Groovy era you had one chance to get the perfect shot. If it didn't work you were stuck with a super cringe photo until the next time you tried to get everyone together. The following photos show exactly what can go wrong when you try to take a family photo.

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This is a family photo from the groovy era that is a classic example of a good thought gone bad. Even though this photo is clearly posed, it still must have been a nightmare to put together, and for what? Hopefully everyone included here had a good time taking the photo and, you know, had a good laugh after everything was said and done.

Chimpanzee dressed like Santa Claus.

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It takes something special to make a superbly weird family photo, but this family managed to do it. From the name tag on the mother to the *checks notes* chimpanzee dressed like Santa Claus. Unlike many of the photos included here we totally get why this snapshot exists. Why wouldn't you pose next to a monkey in a Santa suit? That makes total sense to us, we just really wanted you to see this totally wild snapshot. Hopefully this family (and everyone covered here) is doing well and living a much less awkward life than they are in these photos.