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Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me about Awkward Family Photos. This is a collection of photos that I would probably have burned if I had some of these for my family.  However, these families bravely submitted them for the world to see.

Sometimes the reason for the awkward moment hits you in the face, but then there are others that you really have to look carefully at the picture and what is happening in the background to figure out what is funny about the photo. When I realized what is “special” about the photo I felt stupid for not noticing it right away.

I also discovered that there is also a Web site created by the authors of this book:

As someone who had young children in the early 80’s, I could definitely relate to many of these photos.  The hairdos and fashions were quite the style back then, but now I think “why did we ever want to look like this?”

When the book arrived I took it in to a restaurant with me for supper and the waitress got as big a kick out of it as I did.  We laughed all the way through dinner. To see a brief interview with the authors, click here.