Sharing your family's awkwardness


Posted at Jul 07 2010 04:58 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2010 08:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sometimes, we just love our families so much that we expose even their most awkward moments.

It's a common occurrence in every household -- from parents showing embarrassing childhood pictures of their daughter to her friends to odd family portraits displayed in parties and grand reunions.

Indeed, these photos are well-appreciated anywhere, no matter how odd and cringeworthy they may be. This is what 2 childhood friends -- Mike and Doug (who opted to keep their last names a secret) -- thought when they created an online space for everyone's uncomfortable family moments.

They first posted a few of their own childhood photos and those provided by friends in the website, which was aptly called

Since then, the site took off and became an Internet sensation with millions of hits daily and submissions from across the globe.


A screenshot of one of the photos submitted to Credit: User Josh of


"Let's be honest -- we've all got them. At some point in our lives, someone close to us has made us pose for an uncomfortable family photo. Well here's your chance to share your family's awkwardness with the world," the website read., now on its first year, now displays everything -- from dads in bunny suits to a bunch of gothic-looking siblings in a studio, and even intimate pregnancy portraits.


A screenshot of one of the photos submitted to Credit: User Wendy of


The idea was such a hit that it spawned a book (which is a New York Times bestseller) and another website devoted to family pets., which was put up last month, displays pictures of "wonderfully strange family pet photos."

When you don't want to be seen

Despite its nature, however, does not aim to humiliate or demean anyone, said Mike and Doug. This, as some Internet users tend to submit odd photos of others without their permission or consent.

"We hope those who submit (photos) do so in a spirit of good fun and recognition that we are all an awkward family," they said in their website.

Should this happen, Mike and Doug asked the person or family involved to send them an e-mail asking them to take the picture down.

"Occasionally, something like this does happen due to the nature of the Internet. Our policy is simple...if you see yourself or your family on the site and do not approve, write us at [email protected]," they said. -- Karen Flores,