An awkward family photo

I remember visiting a website some time ago named Awkward Family Photos.  I was amazed that people paid photographers to take seemingly inappropriate or odd photos of their families.  Some of these photos were printed on personalized holiday cards or sent in annual family newsletters.  In hindsight, the photos are evidence of bad decision making by the adult family members who thought the theme of the portrait was a good idea.

I am interested in the following things when looking at a family photo:

Who are the people in the photo?

Where and when was the photo taken?

Does something  or someone in the photo have special significance to the owner of the photo?

I have the following photo in my family collection:


I can identify the men and know when and where the photo was taken. It was common for a photographer to take a photo of people standing in front of a car or building but why were the men standing behind the shrubbery????

I’m certain that no one will be able to answer that question for me.

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5 Responses to An awkward family photo

  1. weggieboy says:

    That IS odd…! Here’s a wild theory: Men, being taller than women and children (usually), tend to stand behind them in photos. They felt uncomfortable standing in front of the shrub, and held their ground.

    Another thought: They look like they might be headed somewhere in the car, are in a hurry. “Stand for just one more photo, Uncles!” (Or whoever they are.) [Grumble-grumble] “OK, but hurry up!”

    • Natasha says:

      I think your second thought is probably the correct one. My father-in-law would wait until the last moment of our visit to take out his camera and ask us to pose for one photo before going out the door. As a result, I have quite a few photos taken of Richard and me wearing our coats.

  2. robynbird says:

    They are the Knights of Ni and just got those shrubberies as payment from King Arthur.
    Perhaps people were photographed in front of their cars or houses because in those days, the house was the family home or they were just so proud to own it…the same goes with the car, perhaps they were excited about it? Guys and cars…you know?

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