Meet Doug. Hi Doug. That’s Mike behind him. Hi Mike. Mike’s doing the peek-a-boo pose that many old school photographers loved oh-so much.
Mike and Doug are the masterminds behind AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com a site that features so many awesome family photos their readers submit.
This site has always given me a good laugh, not only because my family has some photos that could definitely be in the top 10 of any list on there, but also because as a portrait photographer, there are so many professional photos that make me say out loud “What was that photographer thinking posing them like that???”
I follow the fabulous website on Facebook, and one day they posted a link to a show the website was featured on, Graham Norton. (He’s on BBC and just about the funniest host ever! Forget any of the American talk show hosts, Graham drinks wine with his guests and has the best one liners ever!!) I commented on the link telling them how fantastic it is they’ve gone global and how I use the site as a threat to my clients.
Many of you have heard me say it haven’t you? “If you guys don’t give me good expressions, I’m sending your portrait in to Awkward Family Photos.com!”. It’s all in good fun, and I usually get great smiles and laughs, (and I have yet to actually send in anything, so that’s a good thing!).
Well, apparently that comment caught the attention of the great people over at AFP and the next day I received a message about shooting their book launch party. I do many types of event photography, and I was more than happy to do the gig. However, while speaking with Mike, he told me to forget anything and everything I’ve learned in photography school and wants me to intentionally pose people awkwardly and just have fun. Oh, I’m down with that!!!
Mike and Doug had a book signing and then headed over to a fabulous restaurant called Tart for the party. I was there, ready to go and start shooting some Awkward Photos.
You really need to check out their book, it’s hilarious! The captions with the photos are some of the funniest things I’ve read in a while, and even better yet, many of the photos have stories describing them by the people who are in the photos. It’s really well done and every comment is in good taste, nothing is mean-spirited. And yes, I asked, the people in the book did sign off on the photos being published!
Here are some of my favorite awkward shots from the night
and the gang at Tart got into the spirit too!
Thanks guys for allowing me to be as Awkward as I wanna be! This was the best event by far that I have been apart of.
Congratulations on the book, and it debuting at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List!
Wishing you much success and looking forward to part 2!