A new school year has started, once again, so I thought I’d FINALLY do my post on back to school photos! I love taking photos on the first day of school, we do it every year. These photos mean so much more to me than the ‘school photos’ we buy during the year.
I try to do them a little differently every year with just a few props, but mostly I don’t want to complicate them because for me they are really about showing how much the kids have grown and changed. So far I’ve only done it for my oldest (although baby brother is in some of the pics) since Grade 1, but soon it will be both of them!
Each year we do the same thing… Wake up early, get dressed, and then try a get a few good shots in the limited time we have before we leave for school! Can we just take a moment to collectively *sigh* about the chaos of the ‘first day of school traffic jam’? Then after school I take some more photos of him and his best friend (my daughter from another mother).
This year the weather took a bit of a turn for the worse but that didn’t stop us! My husband suggested we do the photos the next day… Can you imagine? It’s like he doesn’t know me at all! (I’m completely ridiculous about things like this, also I could probably have left out “about things like this”.)
Tips for this project:
- Keep it simple! Just a few props…
- Think about WHERE you’re going to take the pictures beforehand.
- Keep your backgrounds clean, without clutter, and bright (outside the front door, in front of a nice tree, in front of a solid wall background etc).
- Take photos with the light behind you (as opposed to behind your subject).
- Have your child stand (or sit, or lie) in a few different positions with and without the props.
- Too many fake smile pics? Call your kid a fart face or anything ridiculous and take like 20 pics as he laughs and as he stops laughing, one of them will be solid gold!
- Take a lot of pictures but don’t post/print every single one. On average I’ll choose 5 or 6 of my favourites out of the 50-100 shots I took (even more when I use the Burst function on my iPhone).
- Play with filters and photo editing apps to make a few (but not too many) of the photos a bit funkier/fun.
I have also made a little ‘questionnaire’ that I ask him on the first day of school every year. It’s something fun that shows how he changes and I’m sure we’ll look back together and laugh at some of the answers one day! Just remember to take a photo with some space on the side to add your child’s answers.
Here is the before and after of my first attempt: (I have since used less contrasting colours so it’s easier to read)
- Favourite Colour?
- Favourite Movie?
- Favourite Food?
- Favourite Song?
- Favourite Activity?
- Favourite TV Show?
- Favourite Toy?
- Favourite Book?
- What do I want to do when I grow up?
I like to use the Phonto app to add text to photos, here are some examples:
Just remember to have fun, after all you’re making memories with your babies!
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.