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.

#1

My Friend’s Boyfriend Was Not Happy About His Kindergarten Picture. His Parents Still Have It Framed In Their House 20 Years Later

My Friend’s Boyfriend Was Not Happy About His Kindergarten Picture. His Parents Still Have It Framed In Their House 20 Years Later

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

It's a cute photo. It made me laugh. Thanks.

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Reagan Brought Home Her School Pictures Today. Should I Ground Her Or High-Five Her?

Reagan Brought Home Her School Pictures Today. Should I Ground Her Or High-Five Her?

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ML
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3 months ago

I would frame that. Hilarious

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#3

Apparently I Didn't Know How To Smile In First Grade

Apparently I Didn't Know How To Smile In First Grade

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09Robdog07
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3 months ago

Isn't this image a meme?

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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.”

#4

I’m So Mad Right Now. I Checked My Son's Book Bag And Find These

I’m So Mad Right Now. I Checked My Son's Book Bag And Find These

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Full of Giggles
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3 months ago

I wouldn't be mad. I'd rather have pictures that capture my kid's personality than the same ol' pose year after year.

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#5

In Case You've Ever Wondered What Happens When Your Kid Wears Green On Picture Day

In Case You've Ever Wondered What Happens When Your Kid Wears Green On Picture Day

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Who? Me?
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3 months ago

He became a green screen

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#6

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

10m, And Looking Like A Middle Age Mom Who’s Deciding To Grace You With A Smile, While Still Judging You Just A Little

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Wendillon
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3 months ago

That description is eerily accurate

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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.”

#7

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

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

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Thunder
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3 months ago

And you tell his name to the internet?

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#8

His Face Says It All

His Face Says It All

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ML
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3 months ago

You can see the mom's mistake from his face

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#9

I Still Think That This Is My Favorite Photo Of All Time

I Still Think That This Is My Favorite Photo Of All Time

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Who? Me?
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3 months ago

You mean.... I can't hatch that egg ?

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#10

My Brother's Pre-K Picture. He Didn't Know How To Smile

My Brother's Pre-K Picture. He Didn't Know How To Smile

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ML
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3 months ago

He's got it

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#11

I Told My 9-Year-Old I Didn’t Care What He Did In His Spring School Photos. This Is What He Gave Us

I Told My 9-Year-Old I Didn’t Care What He Did In His Spring School Photos. This Is What He Gave Us

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Brigs
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3 months ago

That is what happens when you don't care

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#12

The School Offered To Re-Shoot The Photo But My Parents Declined

The School Offered To Re-Shoot The Photo But My Parents Declined

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ML
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3 months ago

I swear to god if you make me pose for one more picture, sleep with one eye open

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#13

Oh My

Oh My

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rgr8
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3 months ago

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What is going on with that eyebrow?!

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#14

My Wife’s School Picture With Her Most Prized Possession At The Time. An Evanescence Cd

My Wife’s School Picture With Her Most Prized Possession At The Time. An Evanescence Cd

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Feral Heart
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3 months ago

great taste in music, i still listen to them

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#15

I Too Was Instructed Not To Blink During My Elementary School Yearbook Photo

I Too Was Instructed Not To Blink During My Elementary School Yearbook Photo

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Purr·maid
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3 months ago

Good boy!

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#16

How’s Your 2020 Going?

How’s Your 2020 Going?

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Brigs
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3 months ago

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Poor kid looks like she just dropped one

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#17

My Daughter's First Ever School Photo. She Was So Excited For Days, Went In And Got A Mugshot Instead

My Daughter's First Ever School Photo. She Was So Excited For Days, Went In And Got A Mugshot Instead

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ML
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3 months ago

she read the pamphlet right before the picture. NO SMILES TODAY!

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#18

Me In The 4th Grade Ready To Go On Some Sort Of Tropical Safari With My Best Friend

Me In The 4th Grade Ready To Go On Some Sort Of Tropical Safari With My Best Friend

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Ms.M.
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3 months ago

*laughs in Pee Wee Herman*

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#19

School Photos Sometimes In The Early 2000s. I Really Thought I Was "Da Bomb"

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.

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months ago

That look is spot on 2000s fashions!

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#20

Jack's Picture This Year. Seriously, School Photographer? Seriously?!?!

Jack's Picture This Year. Seriously, School Photographer? Seriously?!?!

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

I actually like this photo. Jack has a cute smile that probably lights up the entire room. Even his eyes are smiling.

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#21

Sasshole

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ML
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3 months ago

I think she will be very happy for that picture when she's grown up. Just a lot of fun

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#22

My 2nd Grade School Pic. I'm A Girl

My 2nd Grade School Pic. I'm A Girl

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Brigs
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3 months ago

A lot going on with the hair

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#23

This Was The Retake Of My Second Grade School Photo

This Was The Retake Of My Second Grade School Photo

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago (edited)

Retake...Okay, what did the first one look like?

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#24

My Friend Was Saying “Yee” Before You Were Saying “Haw”

My Friend Was Saying “Yee” Before You Were Saying “Haw”

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Tara Brooks
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3 months ago

I’ve never seen anything better

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#25

My Mom Found My Old Elementary School Photo The Other Day

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.

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kjorn
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3 months ago

Whatever...

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#26

"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

"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

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LuckyL
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3 months ago

This is indeed a really handsome smile

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#27

School Photo Circa 1996. Allergies Were Hitting Me Hard That Day

School Photo Circa 1996. Allergies Were Hitting Me Hard That Day

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Brigs
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3 months ago

6 going on 36

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#28

Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade!

Why Yes!! My Vest Was Homemade!

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Ola Polowczyk
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3 months ago

Oh my! I love the vest!

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#29

School Pictures Today. I Hope I Don’t Get A Repeat Of This Gem From 2016

School Pictures Today. I Hope I Don’t Get A Repeat Of This Gem From 2016

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ML
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3 months ago

Is your father James Earl Jones?

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#30

What? You Don’t Always Have Your Arm Straight Out To The Side While Looking Terrified During Pictures?

What? You Don’t Always Have Your Arm Straight Out To The Side While Looking Terrified During Pictures?

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Tiari
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3 months ago

He's hugging his invisible support animal.

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#31

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

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

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Who? Me?
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3 months ago

The frame though 🤣

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#32

When You're Super Excited To See Your Kids School Pictures... And Then You Find This In The Packet

When You're Super Excited To See Your Kids School Pictures... And Then You Find This In The Packet

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I had a grade school photo where I looked like that. My mother was not amused.

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#33

Note To Self: Don’t Let Your Kid Wear Green On Picture Day

Note To Self: Don’t Let Your Kid Wear Green On Picture Day

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Purr·maid
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3 months ago

Makes for a very interesting school picture tho'.

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#34

Best Yearbook Picture Ever. Apparently The School Sees No Future For This One

Best Yearbook Picture Ever. Apparently The School Sees No Future For This One

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Lauren Caswell
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3 months ago

That's harsh advice for Cadence's folks lol

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#35

Best School Picture Ever. Kai Kai Was Obviously Not Feeling Picture Day

Best School Picture Ever. Kai Kai Was Obviously Not Feeling Picture Day

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Jihana
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3 months ago

40 year old accountant coming home from a long day at the office

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#36

1994, Age 7 First Grade. My Stepdad Says I Wanted My Hair Cut That Way

1994, Age 7 First Grade. My Stepdad Says I Wanted My Hair Cut That Way

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Brivid
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3 months ago

Ernie is that you?

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#37

Beau And The Photographer Had Great Chemistry

Beau And The Photographer Had Great Chemistry

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Tabitha L
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3 months ago

This is giving me Weekend at Bernie's vibes.

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#38

I Promise My Child Is Happy And Isn’t Living In Misery As He Appears In This Photo

I Promise My Child Is Happy And Isn’t Living In Misery As He Appears In This Photo

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Kim
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3 months ago

Hahaha aaaw I really like this one. You can see him trying so hard to NOT blink. "Oh wait, I also need to smile... uh oh that was the picture!"

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#39

School Pictures

School Pictures

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ML
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3 months ago

Going to the dark side now. The kids face is like - why are you naked Mr. photography man?

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#40

When Your Sweet Boy Wears His Favorite Green Underarmour Shirt To School For Picture Day! Green Screen Fail!..

When Your Sweet Boy Wears His Favorite Green Underarmour Shirt To School For Picture Day! Green Screen Fail!..

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Ilsa Laszlo
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3 months ago

Catching in The rye

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