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Awkward Family Photos

Ransom Riggs
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Why is it that when we're at our most defenseless and socially awkward -- our early teen years -- so many pictures are taken of us? It seems cruel, especially because the worst of them are usually displayed on mantles or sent to family friends in annual holiday cards -- only, years later, to go viral on the internet. No matter who you become, they're an indelible reminder that you were once dorky. Because you were a teenager, however, you can always blame the awful sweater you had to wear on your parents or the braces on genetics; dorky parents are another matter. They are forever.

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Awkward photographer timing.

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Awkward hand placement.

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Awkward everything.

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Awkward costumes. And why is Mom the naughty bunny?

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Awkward compound bows.

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This isn't a family photo, but it's just wrong.

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