AWKWARD: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and North
It’s obvious why Kim and Kanye would want a family portrait on their wedding day, but perhaps they should’ve all been looking at the camera? And was this pre-ceremony, because why is Kim’s veil down? It looks like she’s trying to ignore the fact that North clearly needs a diaper change.
A-LIST: Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, and Suri
The whole adults-looking-down-at-their-new-baby thing is about as bulletproof a pose as you can get for a portrait, but when you put that baby in your jacket, it’s game over. Well done, guys.
SPLIT DECISION: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Shiloh (left), and with Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon (right)
Jolie focusing her attention on Pitt, the doting daddy, is pretty close to perfection. It’s hard to find a flaw in something so simple and sweet. However, it’s not as hard to find a flaw in Jolie’s nightgown getup for the twins. They know they didn’t have to take this photo at the hospital, right?
A-LIST: Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George
Now this is what royalty looks like: A happy father, a nearly perfect mother, an outdoor setting that Mother Nature clearly created solely for this portrait, and a swaddled prince. This photo deserves of a crown all its own.
AWKWARD: Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, and Sean Preston
There’s something to be said for personal space, and this photo could use a little bit more of it. Sean P. looks trapped and possibly very scared of the man lurking behind his milk source. Family photos are not the place for photo bombs, K-Fed.
A-LIST: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Everly
The Tatums know how to work the casual family portrait. There are no black ties, the baby is holding onto daddy’s finger, and both parents have their attention focused on their (adorable) little bundle of joy. This photo makes me believe in love — and normalcy.
AWKWARD: John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Benjamin
John Travolta’s bed is one place I never wanted to see, not to mention how that poor child is clearly humiliated by his father’s ”hair.” We have now witnessed what will probably be the most embarrassing moment of Benjamin’s life. The only way is up?
A-LIST: Drew Barrymore and Olive
This photo dispels any rumors that family portraits have to be formal and boring. The happy mother-baby profile shakes things up a bit and almost always works. But let’s be real, it never hurts to look like Drew Barrymore.
A-LIST: Sandra Bullock and Louis
What’s even better than a happy mother-baby profile shot? The mother’s profile paired with a baby who knows exactly how good he looks. You go, Louis.
AWKWARD: Pink, Carey Hart, and Willow
There’s something a little weird about holding the baby as if it’s still in your belly. In a way, it’s like showing us the world’s best sonogram — even though we never asked for it. And it only gets stranger when dad’s the one with his shirt off.
A-LIST: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Gideon Scott, and Harper Grace
Denim chic can sometimes feel a little elementary-school-yearbook-ish, but the truth is, it’s never boring. The couple’s outfits allow the focus to rest on their photogenic children. Plus, this photo gets extra props for the great head support by both daddies. Parenting has never looked so easy-breezy!
AWKWARD: Bethenny Frankel and Bryn
Please don’t eat that baby. Please don’t eat that baby.