How is it already time…again? Read on for ten must-take storytelling photos of your loved one’s first day back to school…
In one week my three head back to school and just as every year it is a time that is greeted with excitement, happiness, nervousness and a little sadness for moms, dads, teachers and kids everywhere. Looking back at last year’s photos I’m shocked at how much has changed in just a year. The kids have grown by leaps and bounds. My oldest son looks less like a kid and more like a young (very tall) man and my baby is looking less like a baby. And that girl of mine? Wow, time flies. I’m looking forward to getting new images next week, but today I wanted to revisit those photos from last year and determine what story I want to make sure I capture this year.
Ten Back to School Photo Ideas Not to Miss
1| back to school shopping…don’t forget to get some shots of getting those special new outfits. Where did you shop? Those styles (and stores) may change, don’t forget to document these days.
2 | school supply shopping and filling those backpacks…what does your child need for school? A backpack? Just a new notebook and lots of pencils? What about their locker? Do they have special decorations for that, too? If you can’t get in the school to take a photo of their locker (like if your kiddo would rather die than have you follow them into school on that first day) kindly ask them to snap a photo with their phone if they have one…it will be fun for them to look back on one day.
3 | those sleepy headed early risers…it’s likely that you’re kids aren’t so used to getting up as early as they need to on that first day of school so be sure to capture them as they’re stumbling out of bed.
4 | breakfast…what did they eat? Did you make something special for that first day or did they desire their tried and true favorite?
5 | the outfit…do your little ones lay their clothes out the night before or are they one to just grab it out of the closet in the morning? Don’t forget those bright new shoe laces.
6 | making lunches…do your kids make their own lunches? Do your make it for them and add a sweet little note? If it packed in a special lunchbox or do they write their name on a sack? Perhaps they buy their lunches, make sure they have their money.
7 | the traditional front porch photo…or wherever you take that traditional photo (in front of their school, by the big tree in the front yard, etc) make sure you get one every year (even if you move a lot, find a similar pose or idea that you can try and replicate) because the changes that your little one goes through on those first days will be amazing in those images. Make sure to get close ups, 3/4 length and full length shots as well as sibling shots (even if they aren’t all going to school that same day).
8 | how do they get to school? School bus? Walking or do you drive them. Whatever the mode of transportation, make sure your get images of that.
9 | if you’re lucky enough (I say lucky, because my “little” ones don’t really love mom tagging along) to get to go to the school with them, make sure to get an image of where they line up, where their classroom is, what their desk looks like, what the halls are like. These images will be so fun for your kids when they are older to look through.
10 | what happens after school? This is important, too. Do you have a tradition that your family loves? Do your kids walk home from school? Do you pick them up? What about an after school snack? Do they go straight to sports practice or another after school activity?
Aug 13, 2014