Awkward Embarrassing Family Photos That Should've Stayed Hidden

By Sarah Norman | June 16, 2023


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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There's something very Devo about this family photo. Not only are they clearly ready for some kind of seaside/space adventure, but they all look like they really enjoy whatever it is they're doing. Once again our eyes are drawn to the dad who's clearly having the best time of his life while wearing full scuba gear and moccasins. 

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This is a stone cold awkward family photo classic. There's so much to love about this photo, but our favorite detail is how lovely the mother looks cradling her baby. Her hair is on point, she's got a great smile, and she's ready to show off her lovely family, unfortunately her husband didn't really get the memo. He looks like the photographer just told him that his childhood dog wasn't sent to a farm. It's brutal.

If we had a time machine we would jump back to a Christmas party at this family's house just to see if this awkward photo was hanging up on the mantle.