First Day of School Photo Ideas

The first day of school is always filled with nervous excitement and jitters. For moms and kids! Usually by the time August rolls around, I’m ready to get back to the routine of a school day. Then I sit around and wait for them to get home and tell me about their day. Lol!

We still have a couple more weeks of summer here in NJ, but I know it’ll fly by. Here are a few photo tips for capturing your kiddos first day of school.

Have everything ready! Your kids will carefully choose the perfect outfit for the first day back-to-school and you need to do a little prep work too. Have your camera battery charged and an empty memory card ready to go. It’s also a good idea to know ahead of time the photos you want to capture. Don’t just wing it that morning because there will be too much going on.

Don’t forget the details. New shoes. New clothes. New backpacks. The pencil case they picked out themselves. Their lunch bag. What’s inside their lunch bag. All the fun stuff that comes along with the first day of school. If you’re allowed in the classroom with your child, take a quick snap of their desk too.

Don’t stop shooting. If your child walks to school, stay a few steps behind and snap some pictures. If they ride the bus, grab a shot of them piling on. Maybe even their cute little face in the school bus window.

Start a tradition. Choose something to do the same way every year so that you can document the big changes that happen over the course of a school year. We always took a picture on the same set of steps in the front of my house (until we moved!). You could do the same. Or, make a sign for the kids to hold that says the year and the grade they are entering. Caitlin from The Mama Notes has a great roundup of ideas for back to school traditions. Things like having pizza after the first day at the same spot every year (take a picture and watch them grow) or maybe ice cream is more your jam.

One year I drew little red hearts on each of our hands. If they got sad or lonely, they could look down at their hand, see that little red heart, and know that I was thinking about them.

The idea is to take pictures that tell a story from beginning to end. Kids love to look back at pictures and remember certain things about their childhood. While writing this blog post, my 12 year old was looking over my shoulder and said, “I remember that backpack!” And don’t worry if you don’t have a fancy DSLR to take pictures. Your cell phone will be fine. Just remember to print the pictures once you’ve taken them!

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