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Light on laughs, heavy on bad family portraits
on April 30, 2010
As a semi-professional photographer, I was compelled to choose this book simply for what I thought would be some good 'ol comedic relief much in the same way I enjoy watching funny home video programs on TV. But what I was ultimately left feeling was much different than I had envisioned.
This book would actually make a fairly good reference for aspiring photographers to read. "Avoid these poses" should be the mantra.
Ultimately, this is a a collection of over-used & cliche poses, simply badly taken family portraits, photographs taken at the wrong time and glimpses of personal family moments. Somehow all of these "awkward family photos" have escaped into the wild. More accurately, they have been submitted by the families and therefore haven't really escaped, they've been released into the wild.
There were a few chuckles to be had, but far too few. I felt that he cover photograph was actually the most amusing photo in the book. Had I visited the Awkward Family Photos website prior to getting the book, I would have been much less inclined to choose this book. A visit or two to the website would have been more than enough Awkward Family Moments for me.
I've got a pretty good sense of humor, but this book just didn't float for me.