School days bring many precious memories where hilarity ensues just like it happened yesterday. And having your school photo taken was one of them. Mom would pick the clothes the night prior, and dad would coach you on posing in what was really just another good ol’ dad joke.
Fast forward to today, and the evidence persists. That holy school photo of yours is a gift that keeps on giving. Call it a free ticket to time travel, a hilarious vindication of your innocent days, but kids are gonna be kids, and as long as we have them, school photos will stay forever.
So this time, Bored Panda has compiled some of the most entertaining and funny school photographs where kids are totally nailing them—just not the way their parents would want them to. But hey, we’ve all been there and just because your little sis is going nuts in an elementary class shot, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. So please everyone, just calm down.
My Friend’s Boyfriend Was Not Happy About His Kindergarten Picture. His Parents Still Have It Framed In Their House 20 Years Later
Reagan Brought Home Her School Pictures Today. Should I Ground Her Or High-Five Her?
For millions of kids, picture day is that one special day in a year when they align to form a tiny conveyor belt. Smiling widely at a camera (or not, as we’ve seen in this amusing post), they will be forever memorialized in a small photograph that captures it all: innocent awkwardness, clumsiness, and carelessness which will haunt their moms and dads forever.
Kristin Boyer, a photographer in Atlanta, Georgia, told Mental Floss that school photographers get about 30 seconds per kid. “And it’s amazing how much impact you can have. You want to make them feel like a million bucks—beautiful, awesome, and smart.”
I’m So Mad Right Now. I Checked My Son's Book Bag And Find These
In Case You've Ever Wondered What Happens When Your Kid Wears Green On Picture Day
10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little
The school photographer also explained that photographers normally get paid when parents order photos, and the school takes a percentage from that price. Moreover, the school may well take bids in order to decide on the photographer that suits their need best. In order to get selected, Kristin makes a presentation where “I'll explain what I do. Sometimes schools are looking for certain things.”
Most importantly, as much as the little ones are excited by the big photo day at school, it’s parents who take the occasion the most seriously. Sometimes parents get so excited, they take their phones out to take some snaps on there. But Kristin is strict about that. “I usually say no cell phone photos. If they take theirs, they won’t buy mine.”
And when it comes to selfies, the little ones have grown much more comfortable standing in front of a camera. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. The photographer calls it “bad selfie behavior” when kids are “doing duck lips, thrusting their arms out.”
Mason Got His Kindergarten Pictures And I Didn’t Want His Name On The Bottom So I Typed In “I Don’t Want This” And They Freaking Printed This... So Now I Have Like 30 Pictures Of Him With This On The Bottom
His Face Says It All
I Still Think That This Is My Favorite Photo Of All Time
My Brother's Pre-K Picture. He Didn't Know How To Smile
I Told My 9-Year-Old I Didn’t Care What He Did In His Spring School Photos. This Is What He Gave Us
The School Offered To Re-Shoot The Photo But My Parents Declined
My Wife’s School Picture With Her Most Prized Possession At The Time. An Evanescence Cd
I Too Was Instructed Not To Blink During My Elementary School Yearbook Photo
How’s Your 2020 Going?
My Daughter's First Ever School Photo. She Was So Excited For Days, Went In And Got A Mugshot Instead
Me In The 4th Grade Ready To Go On Some Sort Of Tropical Safari With My Best Friend
School Photos Sometimes In The Early 2000s. I Really Thought I Was "Da Bomb"
I remember going to "Limited Too" and thinking those velour pants were a must.
Jack's Picture This Year. Seriously, School Photographer? Seriously?!?!
My 2nd Grade School Pic. I'm A Girl
My Friend Was Saying “Yee” Before You Were Saying “Haw”
My Mom Found My Old Elementary School Photo The Other Day
I just remember my mom was mad because they didn't let me do a retake.
"He Was Told To Wear Nice Clothes For His Graduation Pictures. I Expected To See Him In His Green Cap And Gown. This Was So Much Better! I Literally Laughed Until I Cried. I Hit The Picture Lottery. -- I Asked Connor How Pictures Went And If He Smiled Nice. In True 6 -Year Old-Fashion, He Told Me He ‘Smiled Handsome.' I Thought Nothing More Of It. Until Yesterday Morning
School Photo Circa 1996. Allergies Were Hitting Me Hard That Day
Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade!
School Pictures Today. I Hope I Don’t Get A Repeat Of This Gem From 2016
What? You Don’t Always Have Your Arm Straight Out To The Side While Looking Terrified During Pictures?
My Original 3rd Grade School Photo (Left). Mom Demanded A Retake (Right) With The Instructions "Smile! Show Some Teeth!" Note Which One Got Framed, And The Caption On The Envelope
When You're Super Excited To See Your Kids School Pictures... And Then You Find This In The Packet
Note To Self: Don’t Let Your Kid Wear Green On Picture Day
Best Yearbook Picture Ever. Apparently The School Sees No Future For This One
Best School Picture Ever. Kai Kai Was Obviously Not Feeling Picture Day
1994, Age 7 First Grade. My Stepdad Says I Wanted My Hair Cut That Way
Beau And The Photographer Had Great Chemistry
I Promise My Child Is Happy And Isn’t Living In Misery As He Appears In This Photo
When Your Sweet Boy Wears His Favorite Green Underarmour Shirt To School For Picture Day! Green Screen Fail!..
Note: this post originally had 52 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.