These Cringe-Inducing Pictures Would Keep You Laughing For Days

Published on 06/11/2021
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Have you ever looked back at old photos and thought to yourself, “Why was I wearing that?” You were probably participating in a popular craze at the time. Don’t you wish there were “Fad-ometers” that could predict which items would become obnoxious accessories or fashion statements in the future? There’s no need to be concerned, though. We’ve all been there, so everyone can look at embarrassing photos of themselves and laugh about them with the rest of the world. Old self-portraits can be embarrassing, but old family portraits usually top the list when it comes to the cringe factor. Take a look at these hilarious family photos, and thank your lucky stars you weren’t in them.

Hilarious Family Portraits That Will Make You Appreciate Your Own

Hilarious Family Portraits That Will Make You Appreciate Your Own

Why, Mom? Why?

We can expect something like this from the family’s men, but how did they persuade the mother to go along with it? Mothers adore their children, but there’s only so much your mother can do for you. Is it possible that they had dirt on her and used it to blackmail her into doing this? That’s the only explanation we’ve come up with for how this image came to be.

Why, Mom? Why?

Why, Mom? Why?

Camera Shy

Some people are self-conscious in front of the camera… Then there’s this child. Have you ever seen anything like it before? When this kid is in front of the camera, it’s an understatement to say he gets very nervous. However, we must admit that this photograph was taken at precisely the right time. This young man may not appreciate this photograph when he grows up, but we would treasure it if it were our family photo.

Camera Shy

Camera Shy

Yoga Family

What happens when a yoga-obsessed family has their portrait taken? This appears to be the case. The poor baby has no say in the matter! We’re not sure who came up with this idea. They might be able to explain why they thought this was a good idea. They’re even dressed in matching unitards, so this isn’t a coincidence. They actually gave this some thought. These ladies, on the other hand, are quite adaptable. At the very least, we’ll give them that.

Yoga Family

Yoga Family

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Take a look at the lady next to her to see what this little girl will look like when she grows up. How do you feel about your future if you’re the little girl in the picture? Do you look like the lady beside you if you were the little girl and are now an adult? We want to know if you managed to refute the saying, “Like mother, like daughter.”

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like Mother, Like Daughter

The Middle Child

This is Karen, the middle child. She enjoys peering into people’s souls. When she does this, she makes people uncomfortable, but she has no idea why. She’s also baffled as to why she wasn’t allowed to participate in the family photo session. Karen’s siblings are obviously Mom and Dad’s favorites. They don’t pierce people’s souls with their gaze. They were permitted to participate in family time. Karen might be able to pick up on a hint…or she might not.

The Middle Child

The Middle Child

License Plate Ideas

It doesn’t make something true just because it’s written on a license plate. You should be aware of this by now. We’re talking about codes like “B1GD1K” and “C0000L.” You’re fooling nobody. Adding a lot of Os or zeros to the word cool also doesn’t make you appear cool. It appears that you are unable to spell. These guys may have believed that pointing at a word would make it true for them, but that is not the case.

License Plate Ideas

License Plate Ideas

Welcome To The Family

We’re not sure if this couple is trying to show off their newest family member or their newly spayed/neutered cat, but Mittens doesn’t seem too happy to be a part of it. In every family portrait, there’s always one person who looks like they’d rather be somewhere else than in the picture. We all know who the person in this photo is. Mittens is a busy cat, to be sure. He’s got places to go and cats to see…

Welcome To The Family

Welcome To The Family

Impractical Mrs. Claus

The average temperature at the North Pole during the winter is around -40°F. We’re pretty sure you’d need more than just a “sexy” leather outfit for this. We also doubt Mrs. Claus is as irrational as this. After all, their family is known for being efficient, having delivered all of the gifts to the kids on Christmas Eve. What’s the deal with the lace garter? This family photo has no place here if they didn’t just get married before it was taken. Wearing a lace garter is not the new “in” thing, as far as we know.

Impractical Mrs. Claus

Impractical Mrs. Claus

Indigo Is Missing

Either this family is missing a member, or they have no idea what colors make up the rainbow. In case you didn’t know, ROYGBIV stands for red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo, and violet, which are the colors of the rainbow. Indigo isn’t present, as you can see. We’re hoping they simply forgot there are seven colors in the rainbow. It’s unforgivable for them to forget that their family has grown by one.

Indigo Is Missing

Indigo Is Missing

Love Of Basketball

He clearly enjoys basketball, to the point where he is unconcerned about his own wife’s face not being in the frame. We’re curious if his wife was aware that her face would be obscured in the photograph. How did she react when she saw this? After all, it’s her belly, and she’s a family member. When catalog models model clothes for a brand, their faces are visible.

Love Of Basketball

Love Of Basketball

How To Embarrass Your Cat

You know how cats can make their owners look bad with their antics? In this case, however, we believe the opposite is true. We shouldn’t speak for the cat, but we believe the feline was embarrassed for its humans in this situation. We’re curious as to what they were attempting to accomplish here. Did this couple just do it on the spur of the moment, or did they give it some thought?

How To Embarrass Your Cat

How To Embarrass Your Cat

The Old Family Portrait Style

The truth is that this is all a ruse. The adults thought it would be amusing to mock the old family portrait’s style. And they say children come up with the most bizarre ideas… This, on the other hand, appears to be epic. We’re confident that this will elicit laughter and serve as a good conversation starter. Anyone who sees this will undoubtedly react in some way. If they don’t, they’re most likely dead on the inside.

The Old Family Portrait Style

The Old Family Portrait Style

The Mullet Family

This one, unfortunately, isn’t staged. What about those mullets? It’s all too true… When he grows up, someone is going to need some help! There’s a lot going on in this room. The hair, the outfits, and the poses were all fantastic. They may have reasoned that it was either go big or go home. And they went big. We’re not sure what prompted them to take this path. Something must have compelled them to act in this manner. They should seriously reconsider their choices if they came up with this on their own.

The Mullet Family

The Mullet Family

Nature Lover

We know there are people who care about the environment, but why take a picture like this? We’re stumped as to why the goat is there. Certainly not the father! What’s the deal with the goat’s white shawl and flower crown? Is there any significance to them? Alternatively, the humans may have simply thought that the goat would look better in photos if it wore some accessories. We’re completely perplexed.

Nature Lover

Nature Lover

Fine Two Seconds Ago

You were fine just two seconds ago, but as soon as the cameras start clicking, a tantrum ensues. You even coordinated with one another so that everyone could join in the tantrum-throwing. Never underestimate the abilities of young children. They have the ability to make the world go round, but they also have the ability to make it stop. Parents are aware of this, but it is possible that someone else needs to hear it.

Fine Two Seconds Ago

Fine Two Seconds Ago

Not A Modern Phenomenon

If you think awkward family portraits are a new phenomenon, you’re wrong. This old photograph clearly demonstrates that awkward family photos existed in the past. A portrait, as far as we know, includes faces. Even back then, men despised being photographed. The father is seen here with his back to the camera, and the mother is seen here trying to hide her embarrassment.

Not A Modern Phenomenon

Not A Modern Phenomenon

A Weird Look

Why does the mother’s face have such an odd expression? Is it because her daughter’s bare-chested cleavage brushes up against her brow? That’s a good guess, but we don’t know for sure. It’s clear that the photo was taken at the perfect moment. Everyone can now see the mother in a precarious position. Despite the fact that this photo may cause her embarrassment, we believe she should keep it. It’s hysterically funny!

A Weird Look

A Weird Look

Possessed

It appears that this child is possessed. Holy water and crosses are likely to be your best options from here on out. Have you recently moved into a spooky old house? Perhaps you’ve recently acquired a vintage doll. You must stay on top of situations like these. In both cases, we all know how the stories ended… someone was possessed! Your child’s body is now twisted – a telltale sign that he or she is possessed.

Possessed

Possessed

Flowers And Plungers

We understand the background. Flowers and sunshine are typical features of a child’s school photo, but why are plungers included? We have no idea what’s going on. Is there something we’re overlooking? And it’s as if they think they can improve things by including plungers of various colors and sizes. We want to know who is to blame so that we can alert others.

Flowers And Plungers

Flowers And Plungers

Not Photoshopped

You might think the hair in this photo was manipulated, but consider this: it was taken in the 1980s when big hair was fashionable. Back then, this was considered cool. We’re sure a lot of people have photos of themselves with hair like this. So, yes, this photograph is authentic. If you’re wondering how they got their hair to look so big, we can only say that everyone has their own methods.

Not Photoshopped

Not Photoshopped

Denim Day

This family wanted to show off their love of denim and awkward poses, and we think they succeeded. There’s a lot of denim here, and those poses appear to be uncomfortable. Furthermore, they had their photos taken outside, so they most likely had a crowd watching them. This family should be pleased with their interests. They appear to be very happy here. We’re glad for them.

Denim Day

Denim Day

Movie Poster

We’re not sure about you, but we’re getting some serious thriller vibes from this. You know, the kind of film that starts out as a pleasant family vacation but quickly devolves when the family comes across a serial killer on the loose. The concept was actually “a sweet image of a father looking at his loving family.” However, the end result resembles a suspense movie poster.

Movie Poster

Movie Poster

“… Fine.”

We’re sure this little kid insisted, begged, cried, and screamed so that his mom would allow him to wear his Halloween costume for family portrait time. Nothing seemed to sway him, and he arrived at the shoot kicking and screaming to have his way. Maybe his mother had had enough and just wanted to get the shoot over with. That is why all she said was, “… Fine.” And this happened…

“… Fine.”

“… Fine.”

Not In The Mood

This adorable baby might have been afraid of the camera or the equipment, or maybe she just wasn’t feeling it, but she doesn’t seem at ease in this family photo. We can’t say we blame her. Even if everyone around us is buzzing with excitement, we aren’t always in the mood to do things. Because of all the activity around her, this little one may have awoken from her nap. No one looks good right after getting out of bed, trust us.

Not In The Mood

Not In The Mood

How Not To Look Cool

This family may have asked the photographer if he could make them look cool. “Well, sunglasses always make people look cool!” was probably his response. We can’t say he’s wrong, but neither can we say he’s right. Take a look at this. Do you think this is cool? If you answered yes, you are clearly in no position to say what or who is cool because your eyes need to be checked.

How Not To Look Cool

How Not To Look Cool

Everything Is Weird

There are a lot of strange things about this picture: the giant head, the overall composition, and the fact that the entire family is facing the wrong way. We can’t decide which is the stranger. We don’t know what they were going for here, either. We only know that this is one strange family portrait. We wouldn’t know what to say if someone showed this to us.

Everything Is Weird

Everything Is Weird

A-W-K-Ward

Twilight’s Wolf Pack, a ‘90s rock band, or a professional wrestling stable – they were probably going for one of these. There are a lot of options, but they’re all awkward. We’re curious as to where they chose to display this photo, but we’re even more interested in the reactions of those who saw it in person. What do you do when you’re confronted with something like this? What do you think is the right response to this?

A-W-K-Ward

A-W-K-Ward

Best Dad Ever

Isn’t it cute how much this dude loves his dog so much? He loves his dog so much that he even has a shirt with his dog’s face in it! There is no doubt that he is one of the best fur dads out there! Just look at them in the photo; so cute!

Best Dad Ever

Best Dad Ever

Braced Faces

We get that braces are uncomfortable, but the uncomfortable feeling it would give you wouldn’t make you look away from the camera. Did they purposely do this? or are there actually a lot of different photographers in here? Regardless, we’re confused as to why not a single one of them is looking at the main camera.

Braced Faces

Braced Faces

Is It Too Bright?

Judging by the background of the picture, we’re certain that this picture is taken in a studio, which obviously means that this picture was taken indoors. Which begs the question, why are they wearing sunglasses indoors? Was the light really that bright? or they thought that they would look cool wearing glasses for the picture?

Is It Too Bright?

Is It Too Bright?

Loves His Dog

Just like the other fur dad in this list, this guy also loves his dog so much that he has a professionally taken picture with it! However, it seems like the dog sees his owner as weird. Regardless, we all think that this dog’s face is funny here. It’s as if he’s worried about something we don’t know about.

Loves His Dog

Loves His Dog

Mom’s Too Sleepy

Let’s hope that they took another picture after this, as the mom here seems like she wasn’t aware that their picture was about to be taken. As some of you may know, pictures back then have to be taken in professional studios, which means that you’d have to pay for the pictures that would be taken. It seems like she had barely any sleep before going to the photo studio.

Mom's Too Sleepy

Mom’s Too Sleepy

Santa Got Into A Fight?

To everyone who would work as a Santa mascot in malls, always be sure that you wouldn’t be getting in a fight the night before your work. By the looks of it, it seems that Santa here didn’t get into a small fight. Rather, he got into a very violent one. We’re just happy that these kids are still excited regardless of what Santa looked like.

Santa Got Into A Fight?

Santa Got Into A Fight?

Scared Or Happy?

The kid’s reaction is difficult to read. Is he happy, scared, or excited? I mean, who knows? It may even be just him trying to make the wackiest face he could to make people laugh. However, we believe it is a combination of being both excited and happy at the same time. What are your thoughts?

Scared Or Happy?

Scared Or Happy?

She Aimed Lower

For the father in the photo, what was supposed to be a fun activity turned into something else. Playing with a child necessitates a great deal of patience, especially for this father. Let’s just hope that this dad recovered right away after this.

She Aimed Lower

She Aimed Lower

Squish

There is no doubt that the little girl at the center of this picture loves being the center of attention as she went as far as to squish down her sibling, who also wanted to be a part of the picture. Poor sibling, we just hope that the sibling managed to get back at the older sister who did this.

Squish

Squish

The Elves

During photoshoots, things like this happen all the time. There will be times when your children misbehave and create a ruckus. Just like the little girl in the picture who is crying. When everyone else is ready, she is still not. Which begs the question: what exactly happened to make her cry so hard?

The Elves

The Elves

The Farm Life

This family decided to do a farm-themed photo shoot. We’re not sure if the guy on top really knew what he was doing or if he was just posing for the camera. You can’t deny that in his strange stance and confident posture, he looked pretty cool!

The Farm Life

The Farm Life

Too Excited

She must have peed in her pants because she was so excited about the photoshoot. Or maybe she’s just losing control because it’s taking longer than she expected. Let’s just hope this photo didn’t come up at every family gathering.

Too Excited

Too Excited

Topless

We don’t mind the guys being topless in the picture, but the mom did too! That’s a first for me. The guys in the photo are usually the ones who do it. Perhaps this mother simply wants to follow in the footsteps of her sons. Still, we’re not sure why they thought it was a good idea to take a family photo with everyone topless.

Topless

Topless

What’s With The Edit?

In a family portrait, this type of editing should be prohibited! Who wants a formal photograph with their faces zoomed in on the sides? That’s correct. In the case of this family, this was the case. And to the person who edited this photo, we’re curious as to why you agreed to such a thing.

What's With The Edit?

What’s With The Edit?

What’s With The Sad Face

The family appears to have had a difficult time prior to going to the studio. Perhaps they are undecided about doing it. They’re all sad and uninterested in what’s going on. Though we find it amusing that they have a blue background while suffering from the blues.

What's With The Sad Face

What’s With The Sad Face

Who Are They

Grandma is adamant that she is not a member of the family! She appears to be saying to the photographer, ‘I don’t know them.’ Perhaps she simply requires some alone time. Regardless, we hope she’s doing well because she appears to be very angry.

Who Are They

Who Are They

Breakdown

If you take your children on a trip, you have high expectations for creating lasting memories and taking incredible photographs. Stress, exhaustion, and the occasional meltdown go unnoticed far too often. The sight does not appear to have amused the girls. This isn’t a picture you’d want to keep, but it’s a memory nonetheless.

Brekadown

Brekadown

Hide-And-Seek

Disney World is marketed as the ideal vacation spot for families and the ultimate dream destination for children all over the world. Even the most ardent Disney fans may find the many Disney characters roaming the parks frightening. This little girl was adamant about not meeting Tigger. She’s crouched beneath the table, terrified… poor thing. Let’s hope the rest of the vacation went better.

Hide And Seek

Hide And Seek

What A Sight

With the exception of one member, this lovely family was all set to capture their leisure memories on film. When you first look at this photograph, we have to assume that your gaze is drawn to a single point. It’s possible that no one informed him that they were about to take a picture or that he simply wanted to enjoy the scenery. His family, on the other hand, had a completely different reaction when they saw this photo!

What A Sight

What A Sight

Too Happy, He Pinched Daddy

Here’s a photo that almost makes you feel something. Since this photo was taken, this father has suffered a painful last-minute shock. When his son was looking for something to hold onto, he found the closest thing he could. Dad will most likely recover quickly, but this will be the last time he gives his child an empty hand.

Too Happy, He Pinched Daddy

Too Happy, He Pinched Daddy

Epic Trip

“Are we there yet?” says the narrator. As they travel to their vacation destination, most children inquire about this, but it appears that the mother is the one who is tired of traveling. The children in the back appear to be on the verge of giving up as well. With the caption “vacation from hell,” the image has been lovingly memorialized.

Epic Trip

Epic Trip

A Phase

One of their kids was going through a phase, but we’re not going to say which one. There are plenty of hints for you to pick up on. We’re confident you’ll figure it out. Despite this, almost everyone has gone through a phase. We may not have photographs to prove it, but we were there. We may laugh at this now, but at the back of our minds, we are thinking, “I must keep THAT photo somewhere safe.”

A Phase

A Phase

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