14/12/2011 15:25 GMT | Updated 14/12/2011 16:02 GMT

Captured: The Most Awkward Family Christmas Photographs Ever (PHOTOS)

The festive period is a great time to capture classic photos of your loved ones - and cringe-worthy snaps.

The creators behind have collated a hilarious library of deeply embarrassing photos of families around the world as they pose for pictures that probably seemed like a good idea at the time...

Inspired by their own awkward family portraits, Mike Bender and Dough Chernack now have a cult following, not to mention an impressive collection of photos featuring families dressed as human-sized presents, a mother in PVC Santa suit and a baby dressed as a Christmas turkey.

Take a look at our pick of the best awkward family snaps and remember to think before posing for that snap this Christmas, because photographs last a lifetime - as these people are learning the hard way...

All image by AwkwardFamilyPhotos.

Awkward Family Photos