Awkward Embarrassing Family Photos That Should've Stayed Hidden

By Sarah Norman | September 8, 2023

A perfect encapsulation of life at the end of the '70s

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 isn't your standard family photo and that's what makes it so darn awkward. There's so much to take in with this photo; the giant bottle of white wine, the tiny satin short, the grandma slamming that glass of vino, it's a perfect encapsulation of life at the end of the '70s. It's likely that if the photographer had picked a moment one second in the future in one second in the past that they would have snapped a more friendly and less awkward photo, but that's what makes this photo so good.

We really like this couple

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You know what? We really like this couple. They're happy and they're dressed up in their smartest outfits, it just looks like there's something a little... off? It's almost as if two different mice ran across the room at different angles, drawing the attention of this couple right as they were taking the photo. It's a shame that digital photo technology didn't exist at the time because we're sure this couple would have loved to taken a second stab at this snapshot.