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12 epically awkward back-to-school photos, from troll dolls to hoop braids

If you think your school photos were bad, then look at these 12 portraits. They will definitely put things into perspective.
/ Source: TODAY

Summer is coming to a close and the kids are getting ready to hit the books once again. With every new school year comes new teachers, new classmates, new schedules and, of course, new school photos.

Who could get forget picture day? For most of us, it was a dreaded time riddled with thoughts like "How's my outfit? Am I having a good hair day? Should I smile?"

Awkward School Pictures

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Awkward School Pictures

Just in time for back to school, the folks behind Awkward Family Photos are back with a new gallery of goofiness. If it’s awkward, you’ll find it in Awkward School Pictures.

But no matter how bad our back-to-school pictures were, these photos shared by Awkward Family Photos will help put things into perspective. Filled with interesting style choices, mullets, braided pigtail loops and troll doll accessories, these photos have certainly got a lot going on — and not necessarily in the good way.

After taking a look below, you may think twice about calling your first-day-of-school photos "the most embarrassing."

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1. The blonde brigade

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Back to

2. Bandstache

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3. The not-so-little drummer boy

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Bang your

4. Cookie Monster

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5. Harriet Potter

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6. Into the woods

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Into the

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7. Laser trolls

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8. Lord of the Rings

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Lord of the

9. Never without his best pal Ratty

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10. Cheese!

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11. Dungeons and Dragons champion

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Tales of fourth

12. Headgear to the rescue

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From troll dolls to hoop braids: 12 epically awkward back-to-school