The 'Awkward Years Project' by photographer Merilee Allred examines how people transition into adulthood. The portrait collection contrasts portraits of people in their younger years with their current self. Each piece of the Awkward Years Project features a subject holding up a picture of themselves from an awkward phase in their life. As a result, the viewer can see how each person has changed from an awkward child or teenager into what they are today.
Allred's photo project attempts to reveal how people got past their teenage years. According to the photographer, the collection shows "the 'aftermath' of my subjects, and how they not only survived their awkward years, but how great of people they turned out to be!"