Y’all, it happened today! I officially no longer have little kids. We are completely out of elementary school with my youngest starting middle school. Our back to school photos have certainly changed over the years. Here’s one of my favorites from 2009:
I mean, I can’t even stand the cuteness!!! But, seriously, I love looking at back to school photos from each year to see how they have grown. And, I also love taking pictures on the last day of school to see how much they have changed from the start of school to the end, each year. If you are going to be taking back to school photos soon, I posted some tips for back to school photos a few years ago. It also includes a few links to printable signs you can use in your photos.
This year, the kids were meeting friends for breakfast, so I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of them at home. But, I snapped a few shots at the restaurant before they headed separate ways. The quickest way for me to shoot decent quality pictures is using my DSLR. I don’t have a fancy one, just the Canon Rebel TI1. Instead of shooting on manual, for outdoor shots, I usually set it on AV mode. Outdoors, I drop the ISO to 100. To get that fuzzy background that makes photos look so good, I set the F-stop at 1.8. Putting it in AV mode allows the camera to automatically adjust the aperture for me. It’s a great little method to get off of manual without fussing too much with the camera and settings for taking quick shots like this.
Of course, my daughter wanted to take pictures with her friends, too. Taking a little friends photoshoot is another great way to start off the school year. For some tips on doing a friends photoshoot, you can check out this post. It as one of my favorite photo sessions. If you have a teenage girl, then I guarantee doing a friends photoshoot is something they would love!
I’m off to enjoy a back to school ice cream cake! It’s a tradition I started a few years that my kids love! Hope your child or children have a wonderful back to school this year! Here’s to much joy and learning throughout the school year!