Merilee Allred is a talented Utah-based photographer, designer, letterer, and illustrator who has been in the industry since 2003. Her Awkward Years Project features portraits that puts the past in perspective. The project started when Allred posted a photo of herself holding a picture of her in her awkward years on her tumblr blog. The idea for the “Awkward Years Project” came about after Allred shared her school portrait with a friend, making her promise not to send the photo to anyone else.