Awkward Alert! 25 Prom Photos Gone Horribly (But Hilariously) Wrong

Awkward prom photos

Hair-pulling and simulated pony ride? Must be prom night!

We all have one. Bad prom photo, that is.

Whether the style of your dress just was a little too in-the-moment, you and your dance partner were a wee bit too, uh, hands-on, or your date’s tux was louder than the DJ, surely you can relate to an awkward photo from what is arguably the biggest night in the lives of many high schoolers.

Some photos are just worse than others. Here are 25 of the most awkward yet hilarious prom photos (hilarious, of course, unless you are actually in one of the photos, that is):

 

 

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  • One of these things is not like the other (Vol. I) 1 of 25
    One of these things is not like the other (Vol. I)
    One of us is underdressed or one of us is overdressed. And yet, whatever the case, that's not even the most awkward part about this photo.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • One of these things is not like the other (Vol. II) 2 of 25
    One of these things is not like the other (Vol. II)
    One of us is too old or one of us is too young. Again, that's still not the most awkward part about this photo, either.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • There are no words 3 of 25
    There are no words
    Well, there are, but do they really need to be said?
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Tulle, toga or toilet paper? 4 of 25
    Tulle, toga or toilet paper?
    You decide.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Why did those chickens cross the road? 5 of 25
    Why did those chickens cross the road?
    Because the idea of posing with these girls like that was just too irresistible.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Chugga Chugga Choo Choo 6 of 25
    Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
    Someone needs to get off this train at the next stop. Seriously.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Maybe don’t show this one to dad (Vol. I) 7 of 25
    Maybe don't show this one to dad (Vol. I)
    It's a rare prom photo that conjures up images of pony rides and hair-pulling simultaneously. Rare, but not unheard of. Clearly.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Maybe don’t show this one to dad (Vol. II) 8 of 25
    Maybe don't show this one to dad (Vol. II)
    Broken glass and an awkwardly or inappropriately placed hand on the knee. Ah, young love.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Maybe don’t show this one to dad (Vol. III) 9 of 25
    Maybe don't show this one to dad (Vol. III)
    On second thought, if her dad let her out of the house looking like that, would he really be surprised where her date is putting his hand?
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Pictures of You (that you will live to regret) 10 of 25
    Pictures of You (that you will live to regret)
    The Cure called. They said to stop. Just, stop.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • To the left, to the left 11 of 25
    To the left, to the left
    It's unclear if taking the picture in front of the utility wall is what's making this photo awkward, or it has something to do with everything else. Either way.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Too matchy-matchy? 12 of 25
    Too matchy-matchy?
    Yeah, that's what's wrong with this picture.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Girls, girls, girls 13 of 25
    Girls, girls, girls
    All six of them.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Threesome alert! (Vol. I) 14 of 25
    Threesome alert! (Vol. I)
    He who smiles first . . . gets the girl? Or gets to go home early? Which one is the prize, exactly?
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Threesome alert! (Vol. II) 15 of 25
    Threesome alert! (Vol. II)
    You go with your bad self, dude!
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Threesome alert! (Vol. III) 16 of 25
    Threesome alert! (Vol. III)
    Three's definitely a crowd in this photo.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • What’s French for ‘folding chair?’ 17 of 25
    What's French for 'folding chair?'
    Ah, the classic prom portrait: The Eiffel Tower and both knees on a brown folding chair:
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Baby got back 18 of 25
    Baby got back
    Or baby broke my back. Yeah, that one.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Long live the South 19 of 25
    Long live the South
    And much as you may live to regret it with that dress, this photo will live a long, long time, too.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Pimps and piñatas 20 of 25
    Pimps and piñatas
    A strange prom theme, and yet, still an interesting one.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Duct Tape Don’t (Vol. I) 21 of 25
    Duct Tape Don't (Vol. I)
    Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Duct Tape Don’t (Vol. II) 22 of 25
    Duct Tape Don't (Vol. II)
    Take the key and lock them up.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • Duct Tape Don’t (Vol. III) 23 of 25
    Duct Tape Don't (Vol. III)
    Kind of like how long people will be laughing at this photo. Stars-n-stripes 4eva
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos
  • Say cheese! Or, say anything! 24 of 25
    Say cheese! Or, say anything!
    No, really. Please say something.
    Photo credit: Awkward School Pictures
  • All by myself 25 of 25
    All by myself
    Don't care if I'm all by myself. Obviously.
    Photo credit: Awkward Family Photos

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