Let’s talk about back to school photography tips for a stress free first day.
Every year, until this year, I scrambled around the first morning of school trying to capture a few quick pictures before rushing the kids into the car and making it to school on time. Not this year!
Back To School Photography Tips #1 – Not The Morning Of
Don’t try to take pictures the morning of.
This year, we had a mini photo shoot the day before. Much less stress, the kids’ eyes weren’t puffy from just waking up, and they didn’t mind holding my props, like they normally do, it was wonderful.
Plus, since my oldest has to wear a uniform to school, this gave him an opportunity to show his own style a bit.
Back To School Photography Tips #2 – Prep In Advance
Prep or style your photography ideas in advance of involving the kids.
They will get board fast. Craft any signage, draw any chalk messages on the driveway, even layout the clothes. My boys wanted to choose their own of course. I keep veto rights, but these pics are more about their personality so let them win a little.
This year, we started with chalk and the driveway. I wrote the word on the drive (ours is a bit slanted), grabbed my hubby’s eight foot ladder, positioned myself downhill and above the boys. It worked out great. They’re in kindergarten and second grade, so being taller than them was no trouble!
My oldest wanted to stop and draw for a while, so I got a shot of that too. Another reason to do this the day before!
Back To School Photography Tips #3 – Capture Personality
Capture their personality any way you can. Cute pics are cute pics, but I love remembering what made them tick at that specific point in time. Kids change so very fast, what they love today, they may totally forget about tomorrow, but if you get the picture, it’s forever!
This year, in addition to the driveway, I used slate signs. My neighbor got these slate shingles from an old school house roof and they worked perfectly for the “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up” question.
My kindergartner chose a classic little boy answer, Fireman. As for my oldest, the answer has been scientist for two years and this year he’s honed his passion from science in general to science and math to engineering. I wonder what other loves they’ll discover this year that will mold their dreams.
Back To School Photography Tips #4 – Let Them Be Kids
Ask them what they’d like to do for their picture. This is when you might just get the best “real” smile of the day!
My guys of course had their own ideas and I love how they turned out. They wanted to race on scooters. It was actually a fun little shoot. No tears, no time constraints, just fun.
More Back To School Photography Ideas
More Back To School Party Ideas & Craft Ideas
Photos of the first day of school are great, but make sure you cover a few more things too. Maybe a first day of school breakfast, after school snack, bookmarks, study spot! So much to do, have fun!
- Homework Station Ideas & Study Areas
- Back To School Free Printable Bookmarks
- Back To School Simple Apple Cupcakes
- Free Teacher Appreciation Printables
- Back To School Chalkboard Calendar
- DIY Rolling Book Box & Toy Storage
As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!
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