No holiday season is complete without a few essentials. Bake ginger cookies for Santa. Eating a constant cascade of delicious meals leaves you almost unable to move (except when you want to stagger and roll). Some intense drama with your relatives, nothing in particular. And, of course, the awkward family photos you can proudly put on your Christmas cards or hide deep in albums.
Weird hairstyle. strange clothes. unique expression. Chances are, whether at home or in a professional studio, you’ve taken seasonal snapshots with relatives and gotten pictures just like this.
Awkwardness is one of those universal things that makes people frown and cringe, no matter what part of the world they come from. And we’re giving you a wholesome dose of that today in the form of awkward family Christmas photos shared by hilariously goofy people. Awkward Family Photo Projectand another as well as incredibly fun r/awkwardfamilyphotos subredditDear pandas, please upvote your favorite photos and let us know which one you liked the most. Share your own photos in the comments.
We hope you are ready for a used embarrassment! And remember – being an idiot is fun. So accept it.
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Bored Panda asked Co-founder Mike A few follow-up questions for the Awkward Family Photo Project, letting go of awkwardness, perfectionism, and getting through the holidays.
“I think Christmas photos are especially awkward because families are likely wearing the same sweaters and pajamas and, as we know, match-match = awkward,” he said. And we couldn’t agree more. Wearing matching clothes really adds a level of weirdness to any photo.
“My parents just got a hot tub and they were super excited. So my grandma hired a professional photographer to take pictures of the family in the hot tub. I posed with candles, but my kids weren’t old enough to drink… and I sent them out as Christmas cards to over 150 friends.”
According to AFP co-founder Mike, the first step in combating perfectionism is to “let go of the need to look a certain way on camera.”
“You don’t have to comb your hair, and your clothes don’t need to be perfectly ironed. I think the perfect candid shot is right after everyone wakes up on Christmas morning. Bedheads, crumpled pajamas, grumpy.” I want to see your face,” he told Bored Panda.
His advice for getting through the holidays is pretty simple. “Don’t go home,” he said. “But if you do, make sure you have plenty of eggnog.”
in the meantime, US photographer Dominic Sverna Sharing his insights on timeless photography, helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera, knowing if your photos are finally ‘good enough’ and how to stop working on them. was shared.
“I think awkwardness is what makes them [the photos] Stand the test of time! It’s amazing to look back at what was fashionable or socially acceptable depending on what someone was wearing or expressing,” Dominic told Bored Panda. rice field.
“Photography is in a way a time capsule that engraves memories within us. Whether good or bad, photography is the only way to pause a moment in life. In some ways it is better to stand the test of time and be remembered.”
of professional photographer I pointed out that there is not one thing you can say to someone to help them relax in front of the camera.
“You, the photographer, have to make them feel comfortable. Have a conversation and show them that you can be yourself. They are more likely to open it up and take a memorable photo,” he added. He himself does not do much portrait work, but he has seen this happen many times.
But perfectionism can be pretty hard to overcome, according to Dominique. “It all comes down to knowing when to stop editing your photos. This comes from making the mistake of being ‘too perfect’ over time,” he said. rice field.
“Everybody has a different threshold for this, but in my opinion it’s something you learn over time. You know your job and you know what you want in your shot. so I know when it will end.”
If you haven’t cringed in the slightest when you see these photos, congratulations, dear Panda, you’ve clearly mastered your mind, heart, and spirit.
It takes strong individuals not to feel the indirect embarrassment emanating from these snapshots of stupidity.
However, a little cringe, a little weirdness, a little awkwardness shouldn’t keep you from having a good time with your loved ones.
After all, life is short and time with loved ones is precious.
So instead of worrying about what other people think, just goof off. Please derpy. Pose for some of the most objectively unaesthetic photographs known in human history. There is a lot of beauty in learning to let go of imperfections.
Perfectionism and the idea that you and your family should be and look “perfect” can actually backfire. If parents always make decisions for their children instead of letting them decide for themselves, their children will become more passive and timid as they grow up.
Slight discomfort and mild embarrassment are an inevitable part of life. But if you protect your children from these things at all times, you won’t be prepared to face them when they move. need resilience When you’re an adult, it rarely works when someone is making the decisions for you all the time.
That’s on top of the stress that comes from trying to create the illusion of ‘perfection’ in your life.
Content creators may look like they have it all, but it’s all a carefully crafted image. No one’s family life is “perfect.” Almost everyone has more or less the same problems and frustrations. Only the scale is different.
One thing these awkward family Christmas photos remind us of is the importance of traditionGetting together with your loved ones and doing something each year is a great way to keep your family strong. you stay in touch. And do goofy, playful things that make everyone laugh and laugh.
Tradition doesn’t have to be extremely serious. You can only focus on taking incredibly embarrassing holiday photos of everyone wearing the ugliest Christmas sweaters. Spending quality time with your family is the real prize and what other people think not.
Dear Pandas, which of these pictures made you laugh the most? What are your vacation plans? What Christmas traditions do you and your family have? What’s the most ridiculous Christmas photo you’ve ever taken? Pop down in the comments and tell us all about it.