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When you’re a parent, you want to have adorable, sweet photographs that will let you remember the glow of your kid’s childhood once they’re older and crabby and stuff.

Unfortunately, the school photographers can only do so much, and kids have their own agenda (if and when they even realize there is one to be had), and honestly, sometimes humor is better than cute, right?

At least, I hope that’s the attitude these 20 parents managed to find when these school pictures found their way home.

20. He took that freedom and ran with it.

Remember that for the next time.

I told my 9 year old I didn’t care what he did in his Spring School photos. This is what he gave us. from pics

19. How can you not frame this?

Answer: you can’t.

My friend’s boyfriend was not happy about his kindergarten picture. His parents still have it framed in their house 20 years later. from funny

18. No reshoots, please.

You cannot improve upon perfection.

The school offered to re-shoot the photo buty parents declined. from blunderyears

17. Girlfriend knew exactly what she was doing.

She’s making the same face now!

Reagan brought home her school pictures today. Should I ground her or high-five her? #2020

Posted by Sarah Hurley on Friday, September 11, 2020

16. They’d better hope he never commits a crime.

Because that picture will end up on the air.

15. To be fair, no one knows how to smile in 1st grade.

I don’t know what to say about the eyes, though.

Apparently I didn’t know how to smile in first grade from blunderyears

14. Bless her heart.

Great taste in music.

My wife’s school picture with her most prized possession at the time. An Evanescence CD. from blunderyears

13. You can’t be mad about these.

It’s impossible.

Posted by Stronajai Miles on Saturday, November 9, 2019

12. He was just doing what he was told.

This is so funny.

I too was instructed not to blink during my elementary school yearbook photo. from funny

11. Definitely not the kid’s fault.

This one is on the school/photog.

10. She is all of us.

She’ll learn how to smile one day. Probably.

9. I mean, she looks fine.

Bless her heart.

10M, and looking like a middle age mom who’s deciding to grace you with a smile, while still judging you just a little from blunderyears

8. To be fair, she still looks super cute.

Maybe she wants to be a model.

My daughters first ever school photo. She was so excited for days, went in and got mugshot instead. from funny

7. That’s certainly a mood.

I hope he gets a laugh out of it one day.

I’m sure everyone needs a good laugh these days so thanks to my latest mom fail…you’re welcome in advance haha 😂Mason…

Posted by Brittany Kinley on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

6. Wooooowwww this is a lot to take in.

I don’t know where to look first.

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. from blunderyears

5. And now he’s a meme.

That expression is all the kid, though.

4. The Timberlands. The shirt.

Oh my god the Pee Wee Herman.

Me in the 4th grade ready to go on some sort of tropical safari with my best friend. from blunderyears

3. I have a lot of questions.

Mostly about the egg.

2. He captured the very sweet smile.

I have no idea what he’s looking at, though.

1. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

Truly. In my entire life.

My brother’s Pre-k picture. He didn’t know how to smile. from blunderyears

I can only hope one of my kids comes home with an epic photo like this one day.

Because that would truly be a day that me and my hubby would LOL for days.

Has one of your kids’ school photos ever surprised you? Tell us how in the comments!


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