Awkward Family Photos
Alex Heigl
March 27, 2014 04:00 PM

Awkward Family Photos, the site that makes us feel better about our own family photos, has been elevated to an art form.

The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica, purveyor of “American decorative and fine arts,” is hosting an exhibit of the site’s portraits.

To celebrate, we’ve rounded up our favorites from each of the 12 categories the museum is highlighting: The Family Portrait, Siblings, Vacation, The Kids, Babies, The Holidays, Weddings, Dad, Mom, The Grandparents, Birthdays and The Family Pet. (Looking for more awkward fun? Buy AFP’s book here.)

The Family Portrait

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Maybe they’re just really big Beach Boys fans.


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Look, AFP, you guys are great at what you do, but this was all teed up for a “Bro-Hemian Rhapsody” pun and you missed it. Actually, maybe you just took the high road. Yeah, it’s probably the latter.


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The ’80s were truly a magical time in this country.

The Kids

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The scorn is strong with this one.


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Disclaimer: This kid is okay. The parents write: “I hadn t quite learned to swaddle [our daughter] correctly and my wife hadn t quite learned to burp her correctly.”

The Holidays

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They don’t kneel for anyone beyond the Wall.


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That woman is so obviously enamored of that man we can’t bring ourselves to make fun of them.


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Dad knows how to party. (And probably also how to traumatize his kids.)


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Rarely have we seen a child begin her adolescent eye-rolling during infancy.


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This is so wonderfully bizarre that we don’t even want an explanation. It looks like a scene from Twin Peaks.


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“My birthday falls on Nov. 1, so as a kid it was always celebrated on Halloween,” the terrified-looking birthday boy in this photo writes in the present day.


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The Bumpus hounds from A Christmas Story do Halloween!

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