Top five awkward family photographs

Family portraits have never been comfortable affairs - the rictus grins, those faux-marble studio backdrops, the huddling together like refugee carol singers... But if you think your ensemble snaps were traumatic experiences, have a look at some of the scare stories submitted to Awkward Family Photos. We've selected five of the very best/worst.

1. Classic portrait studio props: aviators, parakeet, Kalashnikov.

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2. Can you feel the love? That donkey certainly can.

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3. An example of costume as family unifier (and potential source of accidental, Lycra-based human inferno).

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4. A little light reading before bed?

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5. Pets don't just sense evil - they also comprehend shame.

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