SciTechBlog   « Back to Blog Main
March 12, 2010

'Awkward Family Photos' book, more awkwardness, coming

Posted: 09:29 PM ET

The first time the creators of the humor blog Awkward Family Photos heard from one of their subjects, they were prepared to get an earful.

They did, but not like they expected.

“He said, ‘If you think that’s awkward, wait until you see this” and sent an even weirder picture, said Doug Chernack, who along with partner Mike Bender launched the blog last May.

Since then, the compendium of fashion disasters, crying babies and poorly considered poses has become a viral hit, drawing more than 100,000 visitors a day. And soon, it will be a book.

At the South By Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, Bender and Chernack announced the book is available for pre-order now and will be released May 4.

The “ultimate awkward family photo album” will include “Behind the Awkwardness” – interviews with some of the people pictured – as well as interviews with department-store portrait photographers who explain the origins of some of those ridiculous-looking poses.

About two-thirds of the photos in the book have never been shown on the Web site, according to Bender.

For the book, every single person pictured had to sign a release form, they said, including one family from Latvia who only has access to a fax machine once a month.

None of the subjects who gave their permission to be in the book asked to be paid, Bender said.

Since starting with about 10 family photographs, including some of their own, the pair of screenwriters from Los Angeles say they now get 200-300 a day from as far away as China, Russia and Brazil.

The key to getting people to share their less than glamorous moments? They say it’s their decision to avoid a mocking tone.

“We both kind of felt like we wanted to do this, but we wanted to do it in a way that had a more celebratory tone,” Bender said.

In fact, the lead image on the site Friday evening was a photo of Bender himself - kicking like a Rockette in skis with other family members.

With the book complete, Bender and Chernack said they have plans to expand their awkward online empire – but weren’t ready to give out any details.

“There is more awkwardness in the works,” Bender said. “The nice thing about awkwardness is it’s never-ending.”

Posted by:
Filed under: Internet • pop culture • SXSW Interactive


Share this on:
Cleansing diet   March 13th, 2010 4:25 am ET

Hi,
I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.
Regards,
Jone


Rick McDaniel   March 15th, 2010 12:30 pm ET

Following in the footsteps of "America's funniest videos", it would seem.

People love to show how foolish they can be.


Lindsy Wolfing   February 8th, 2011 2:59 pm ET

I'm not capable of view this website properly on opera I think there's a problem


Awkward Family Photos App Now Available (PICTURES) | Test   May 9th, 2012 11:42 am ET

[...] Family Photo fans, rejoice! Your favorite blog-turned-book (turned TV show?) will now be available as an app starting May [...]


New App Shows Off Awkward Family Photos | USA Press   May 9th, 2012 11:55 am ET

[...] Family Photo fans, rejoice! Your favorite blog-turned-book (turned TV show?) will now be available as an app starting May [...]


Awkward Family Photos App Now Available (PICTURES) | News Online   May 13th, 2012 7:29 pm ET

[...] Family Photo fans, rejoice! Your favorite blog-turned-book (turned TV show?) will now be accessible as an app starting May [...]


Brigitte   May 19th, 2012 7:50 am ET

I had been curious about if you ever cedrinesod replacing the design of your site? Its very well written; I really like what you have got to say. But maybe you can include a little more in the way of content so people might connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two photos. Maybe you could space it out better?


Personal training Long Island   January 11th, 2014 11:17 pm ET

What a great idea! This blog will continue being successful. It takes great ideas like this to be successful.I to have added you to Google news
Reader.


In Smolko   May 17th, 2015 12:25 pm ET

you ought to check this site out for a deeper understanding about the topic.

http://svenskfilm.info


Phil Minzenmayer   May 17th, 2015 2:00 pm ET

Quite a few thanks all the greatest

http://google.com


CurtisBAL   April 7th, 2017 11:08 pm ET

bxtpwdp

http://www.confartigianatomirano.it/alexander-mcqueen-shoes-462.htm
http://www.al-parco.it/152-nike-tiempo-gialle-2017.html
http://www.clubdelcosto.it/177-scarpe-valentino-rosse-borchie.asp
http://www.ascdiromagna.it/188-skechers-nere-e-rosa.htm
http://www.al-parco.it/759-nike-mercurial-superfly-5-verdenero.html

Scarpe Tacco Largo Sposa
Nike Elastico Superfly Calcetto
Scarpe Da Ginnastica Vibram
Scarpa Valentino Garavani
Nike Mercurial Arancioni E Gialle


CurtisBAL   April 15th, 2017 5:15 am ET

kwwgfpe

http://www.graysands.co.uk/nike-hyperdunk-zoom-206.asp
http://www.graysands.co.uk/nike-flyknit-women-black-and-white-044.asp
http://www.los-granados-apartment.co.uk/903-adidas-superstar-tumblr-women.html
http://www.lesfeesbouledeneige.fr/puma-suede-femme-noir-brillant-319.html
http://www.los-granados-apartment.co.uk/562-adidas-nmd-r1-primeknit-grey.html

Converse Edition Spéciale
Nike Black Roshe
Adidas Bleu Blanc
Puma X Fenty Platform
Adidas Tubular Radial Grise


Mauro Jeskie   April 15th, 2017 1:23 pm ET

That is the very best search system in the world

http://google.com


Elden Encarnacion   April 22nd, 2017 3:41 pm ET

Very smooth blog post . I certainly like this website. Keep it up!

http://firstlime.com/5-superfoods-you-should-eat-regularly/


falso cartier bracciale   December 20th, 2017 3:42 am ET

You can also have a list of these factors combine to create traffic to the other hand, funeral costs, Gaston offered ample help, then I'm doing my job. We've really got to speak with the deserved wildflowers and grasses respect. Based on a Funeral Home we provide the Columbia wildflowers and grasses area. For many reasons why USA is funeral home in Tamarac. There are all used to dress the coffin. Living things are done with assets such as yours. One way to solve that dilemma when buying sympathy flowers is that the entire occasion.
falso cartier bracciale http://www.bestlevering.cn/cheap-fake-cartier-love-yellow-gold-bracelet-with-10-diamonds-p7/


Jamaal Lairsey   December 20th, 2020 6:48 pm ET

Wonderful job right here. I seriously enjoyed what you had to say. Keep going because you undoubtedly bring a new voice to this subject. Not many people would say what youve said and still make it interesting. Properly, at least Im interested. Cant wait to see far more of this from you.

http://6dollarmillion.xyz


Eldora Henchel   January 11th, 2021 1:00 am ET

I have recently started a blog, the info you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work. "Marriage love, honor, and negotiate." by Joe Moore.

https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/


Malika Biggers   January 12th, 2021 1:43 am ET

The next occasion Someone said a weblog, I am hoping that this doesnt disappoint me as much as this. Come on, man, I know it was my choice to read, but I just thought youd have something intriguing to talk about. All I hear is a couple of whining about something you could fix when you werent too busy trying to find attention.

http://yourmatrixcashmachine.com


George Huba   January 28th, 2021 10:04 pm ET

You can certainly see your expertise within the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/


Concrete Depot New Orleans   February 14th, 2021 4:32 pm ET

98806 671912I like this web site because so much utile stuff on here : D. 631158


토토사이트   February 16th, 2021 5:06 pm ET

129067 712260This design is incredible! You certainly know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost...HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! 774379


Eveline Summerour   March 4th, 2021 10:11 am ET

https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/


Sonny Minier   March 6th, 2021 1:58 pm ET

https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/


sex stuff for adults couples underwear   March 31st, 2021 8:09 am ET

237613 332133whoah this weblog is magnificent i enjoy reading your posts. Maintain up the wonderful work! You know, lots of folks are seeking about for this information, you could assist them greatly. 246454


injectable erectile dysfunction medicine   April 17th, 2021 7:46 pm ET

alprostadil cream reviews https://alprostadildrugs.com/ illegal sales of alprostadil


cialis, sale, canadian pharm.   April 20th, 2021 8:01 am ET

buy generic cialis without prescription canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis canadian


generic tadalafil 40 mg   April 20th, 2021 8:06 pm ET

tadalafil 30 mg https://elitadalafill.com/ generic tadalafil united states


sildenafil online free shipping   April 20th, 2021 11:17 pm ET

sildenafil for sale https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil 100mg price usa


best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills   April 21st, 2021 9:30 pm ET

canadian pills pharmacy https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian pills online


sbo   April 22nd, 2021 6:22 pm ET

677097 10793I ought to test with you here. Which is not one thing I normally do! I enjoy studying a submit that will make men and women feel. Also, thanks for permitting me to comment! 704327


Skywalker og   April 23rd, 2021 11:22 pm ET

966862 349158My plate is real full and your tryna give me much more food, boy what the fuck is wrong wit you?!|guruisthebomb| 255616


how much is zithromax   April 24th, 2021 2:22 am ET

zytromax https://zithromaxes.com/ zithroma


how do you take vardenafil 20 mg?   April 25th, 2021 8:14 pm ET

generic levitra vardenafil 20mg https://vegavardenafil.com/ how does vardenafil work


canadian customs pills vitamins   April 30th, 2021 10:01 pm ET

canadian pills online https://canadapillstorex.com/ average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?


male enhancement cvs pharmacy   May 1st, 2021 12:59 am ET

erectile pills sample https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile supplements


counterfeit canadian drugs cialis   May 1st, 2021 4:05 pm ET

cialis at canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ do you need prescription for canadian prescription of cialis in usa


viagra canada non prescription   May 2nd, 2021 7:14 am ET

viagra cost canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ what is the price of generic viagra in canada


buy chloroquine phosphate uk   May 4th, 2021 2:39 am ET

hloroquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloroquine cvs


priligy   May 8th, 2021 5:20 pm ET

priligy cost dapoxetine


Donita Wimett   May 11th, 2021 12:11 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

http://thisteachinglife.blogspot.com/2004/05/blogging-and-portfolio-stuff.html


Myrta Sann   May 12th, 2021 3:51 am ET

This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183


avanafil   May 15th, 2021 6:55 am ET

avana tabs avana drug


brimonidine   May 16th, 2021 5:52 am ET

combigan side effects buy combigan


Torri Engleberg   May 16th, 2021 4:50 pm ET

I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/06/united-airlines-decides-what-new-planes-to-get/

http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163873


Rolanda Besecker   May 17th, 2021 7:43 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2009/02/dr-sheng.html?m=0


Eric Dimartino   May 18th, 2021 2:46 am ET

I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/05/in-san-francisco-come-join-the-lufthansa-airbus-a380-party/

http://www.tulalipnews.com/wp/category/news/page/317/


Herschel Coggeshall   May 19th, 2021 4:34 am ET

I don't know about you guys but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/08/taking-a-look-at-airline-board-rooms-with-alaska-airlines-part-1/

http://mastersprogrambest.blogspot.com/2013/09/national-security-masters-programs_20.html


_______   May 19th, 2021 6:07 am ET

Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely
well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of
your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.


Edison Wigdor   May 20th, 2021 3:34 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2005/02/


Hui Whitham   May 20th, 2021 8:19 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2017/04/spanish-language-edition-of-of-new.html?showComment=1500285755308


Delmar Yuan   May 22nd, 2021 2:19 am ET

I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/05/passengers-satisfaction-with-airlinesis-rising/

http://www.pseconline.org/pipermail/reps_pseconline.org/2012-November/000869.html


Lonny Englerth   May 23rd, 2021 4:13 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

http://thisteachinglife.blogspot.com/2005/04/back-to-our-home-under-mountain.html


cyclosporine   May 23rd, 2021 3:56 pm ET

cyclosporine cost buy cyclomune usa


dooteoduspiffer   May 24th, 2021 3:56 am ET

https://cttadalafil.com/ tadalafil brands https://tadalafilol.com/ – tadalafil cost walmart buy generic cialis online with mastercard


Fuernitidatrith   May 24th, 2021 5:25 am ET

tadalafil price walmart what is tadalafil tadalafil order online no prescription https://tadalafilww.com/


trouctWonfurn   May 24th, 2021 11:00 pm ET

cheapest tadalafil cost tadalafil online with out prescription tadalafil goodrx where to order tadalafil tablets https://cttadalafil.com/ – side effects for tadalafil


dooteoduspiffer   May 25th, 2021 2:49 am ET

https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ where to get tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/ – tadalafil liquid cialis cost


combigan   May 25th, 2021 5:05 am ET

combigan generic prices buy brimonidine


NattFesSsally   May 25th, 2021 7:42 am ET

tadalafil liquid https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – buy cialis pills tadalafil where to buy cialis without prescription https://cttadalafil.com/


Fuernitidatrith   May 25th, 2021 7:42 am ET

generic cialis tadalafil lowest price cialis tadalafil order online no prescription https://tadalafilol.com/


totRearorbtem   May 25th, 2021 7:31 pm ET

best price usa tadalafil cialis without a prescription tadalafil cialis https://tadalafilww.com/


dooteoduspiffer   May 26th, 2021 7:39 am ET

tadalafil order online no prescription https://tadalafilww.com/ – where to get tadalafil best price usa tadalafil tadalafil dosage https://tadacipetadalafil.com/


NattFesSsally   May 26th, 2021 10:34 am ET

https://tadagatadalafil.com/ cost of cialis https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – lowest price cialis best price usa tadalafil


dooteoduspiffer   May 27th, 2021 2:29 am ET

cialis cost https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – tadalafil cialis cheap cialis pills for sale tadalafil without a doctor prescription https://tadalafilol.com/


NattFesSsally   May 27th, 2021 9:05 am ET

cialis without prescription what is tadalafil tadalafil generic where to buy tadalafil goodrx https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – tadalafil without a doctor prescription


Margherita Vinz   May 28th, 2021 4:58 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2007/08/can-do.html?m=0


Cythia Knuteson   May 29th, 2021 5:31 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/05/imagination-wanted-mobile-devices-in.html?showComment=1577025742036


Long Swantko   May 30th, 2021 6:20 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

http://beyondnewhorizons.com/tag/perscription/


Virgie Lavorini   May 31st, 2021 5:03 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2011/05/waiting-for-chromebook-spent-much-of.html


Dallas Wiechmann   June 1st, 2021 5:18 am ET

This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy


Marilou Jalomo   June 2nd, 2021 11:36 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2006/09/social-networking-photo-sharing.html


Peter Comisar Disgraced Ex Goldman Sachs Banker Sued By Scooter Braun For Fraud.   June 3rd, 2021 11:56 pm ET

813132 537800Hi there, just became aware of your weblog through Google, and identified that its truly informative. Ill be grateful should you continue this in future. Lots of folks will benefit from your writing. Cheers! 61041


Marci Mccown   June 5th, 2021 12:37 am ET

This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy


Laronda Motola   June 7th, 2021 7:08 am ET

This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy


Bert Kirschbaum   June 10th, 2021 6:45 am ET

This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy


Alphonse Dickstein   June 12th, 2021 3:20 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

http://adolit.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-letteracies-installment-4.html


Keneth Kamrowski   June 12th, 2021 8:52 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

http://thisteachinglife.blogspot.com/2007/04/


Ramiro Ballantyne   June 13th, 2021 7:05 am ET

I don't know about you guys but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/07/my-review-riding-seattles-link-light-rail-from-the-airport/

http://www.hotfrog.com/search/mountlake-terrace2Cwa/freight


Edmund Nimon   June 13th, 2021 8:46 am ET

I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/04/select-a-quest-if-you-were-a-museum-what-boeing-airplanes-would-you-choose/

http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163870


Tillie Sferrazza   June 13th, 2021 4:31 pm ET

I don't know about you people but I am obsessed with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2009/06/some-weekend-humor-6-worst-passengers/

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2008/04/kevin-driscoll-dance-crze-kevin-begins.html


Loida Koep   June 13th, 2021 10:59 pm ET

I don't know about you all but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/07/happy-4th-of-july-2/

http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2005/01/on-line-but-in-body-working-onscreen-i.html


Leota Redfield   June 14th, 2021 7:43 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/latest-book-in-our-series-learning.html?showComment=1559137836826


Roman Porte   June 15th, 2021 7:56 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2005/04/media-hoaxes-heres-really-nice-piece.html


Saran Gidden   June 18th, 2021 10:39 am ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2017/04/spanish-language-edition-of-of-new.html?showComment=1552086433453&m=0


Von Loron   June 21st, 2021 4:27 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

http://adolit.blogspot.com/2006/09/apples-and-trees.html


Saturnina Kirson   June 21st, 2021 9:21 pm ET

Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

http://digitalnarratives.blogspot.com/2011/11/


pharmacepticacom   June 24th, 2021 6:40 pm ET

how does chloroquine work https://www.pharmaceptica.com/


Leave Your Comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.


subscribe RSS Icon
About this blog

Are you a gadgethead? Do you spend hours a day online? Or are you just curious about how technology impacts your life? In this digital age, it's increasingly important to be fluent, or at least familiar, with the big tech trends. From gadgets to Google, smartphones to social media, this blog will help keep you informed.

subscribe RSS Icon
twitter
Powered by WordPress.com VIP