Fall is right around the corner, teachers are getting ready to crawl back into their teaching hole and kiddos are stocking up on school supplies. This can only mean a new school year is upon us! Oh the 1st days of school. I still remember them like they were yesterday. Don’t you?
What am I going to wear?
Wonder who I’m sitting next to in class?
Eeeek I’m excited!
Does Billy have the same lunch time as me?
Is this seat taken?
Is Sally going to be in my class?
I forgot my lunch!
I must have a pink backpack with purple stripes
I hope I get Mrs. Polly! I hear she lets you have a longer recess!
Yea school supplies!
All the excitement and emotions centered around the big day!
As parents you want you want your little one to have the best school year full of leaning with a side of fun and of course you want to document and remember that very special 1st day! Am I right?
Well today’s post is just for you. Here are a few simple tips to help you take better back to school photos!
Our fun loving, always on the go, genius (no really he is) border collie. You may remember him from this post. Yep he’s still a handful but we sure do love him! Brady has graciously offered to help us with today’s post. I may or may not have told him treats were involved!
Tip 1: Plan in Advance – There’s so much going on the morning of the 1st day of school. Lunches and backpacks to packed, sleepy kids to wake up and get dressed. Help yourself by planning in advance! Take back to school photos the weekend before the big day so you can make it a fun relaxing event! Your little one can do a test run with his/her 1st day of school look and you can make it something they look forward to verses something you need to sneak in the morning of. If taking back to school photos the weekend before is not possible get backpacks and lunches ready the night before and get up early so you have photos time set aside the morning of.
Tip 2: Location- In front of the house is fine but if you plan to take my advice from the 1st tip you’ll have time to find a fun location for your back to school photos. This spot is right around the corner from my house and I had no idea. I put my little “back to schooler” in the car and headed out for an adventure.
Here are some things to look for when picking a location:
-Texture (brick walls, parks with leaves and tall trees, wood fences, metal, fields full of wheat or tall grass)
-Colorful painted doors
- Iron work
Most of these can be found right in your neighborhood! Also check out property around local schools, library’s, and shopping centers! My suggestion is to pick 1 location that offers a few different looks and stick with it!
Tips 3: Props- Look for things you already have on hand! No need to run out and buy a bunch of stuff! I just grabbed and apple and a blank chalk board as we were heading out the door. Keep it simple!
-Their favorite toy
-Don’t forget that new backpack!
Chalkboards are a fun prop that add a little personality to your back to school photos!
Ideas for things to write on your chalkboard:
-The date and grade they are entering
-Their teacher’s name
-How they feel about the 1st day
-Their favorite thing to do in school
-What they like to take for lunch or eat for snack
-What they want to be when they grown up
Brady didn’t have a lunch box to showoff but he wanted to get a picture with his favorite snack!
I always love a cute backpack shoot especially the ones where their back back is bigger than them……precious!
Tip 4: The Close Up- We love to capture their 1st day of school outfit but be sure to get a few close ups in as well. You’ll want to remember those freckles, curls, and missing teeth or in Brady’s case his flop ear, wet nose, and amber eyes!
Along with the close up shots don’t forget to shoot the details! Brady is channeling his inner E.T in the photo below. Come on, you know that scene where they dress E.T. in street clothes! Do ya see it now?
Tip 4: Keep it Simple Keep it Fun- If you plan to shoot your back to school photos in advance you’ll have time to let loose and have a some fun once the photos are over! Be sure to bring a change of clothes so the beloved back to school outfit stays safe! Brady had a blast running around the playground after we finished his photos but there are tons of other things you can do to make this tradition special for your back to schooler. Get creative but most of all keep the photos and the experience simple!