The school leavers' ball, fondly known as "prom" is supposed to be the time where caterpillars emerge from cocoons as butterflies, ugly ducklings are transformed into swans, and so on... But in retrospect, those prom photos are probably best left hidden under the bed.

Taffeta gowns, matching outfits, being the awkward third wheel - most have probably been there. And if you haven't, well, you're really not missing out...

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  • Mum and Dad would be proud Credit: <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_hplink">AwkwardFamilyPhotos</a> The official AwkwardFamilyPhoto app can be <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/awkward-family-photos/id508313494?mt=8." target="_hplink">downloaded on iTunes. </a>

  • No-one's going to say they didn't put any effort in.. Credit: <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_hplink">AwkwardFamilyPhotos</a>

  • Too cool for school, evidently Credit: <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_hplink">AwkwardFamilyPhotos</a>

  • Buy one get one free? Credit: <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_hplink">AwkwardFamilyPhotos</a>

  • The third wheel

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  • The awkward growth spurt Credit: <a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_hplink">AwkwardFamilyPhotos</a>

  • Well, they're definitely patriotic