In an ongoing series she calls “The Awkward Years Project,” photographer Merilee Allred takes pictures of adults holding photographs of their younger selves, during the era — as she puts it — “between being a cute kid [and being] the awesome person you are today”…

Here are the women who have posed for the series so far…

Awkward Years - 06

Awkward Years - 01

Awkward Years - 02

Awkward Years - 03

Awkward Years - 04

Awkward Years - 05

Awkward Years - 07

(via Laughing Squid)