It’s our back to school tradition to take a picture of the kids on the first day and last day of school, each year. It’s so fun to see how they’ve grown during the year and from year to year. Getting a great shot on the first day of school doesn’t have to be difficult. At the end of this post, I’ve linked to some of my favorite articles about back to school photography. And, if you aren’t happy with the pictures you took on the first day of school, don’t worry. You can always take a do-over shot on the first week or first few days of school!
The biggest tip that I’ve learned with photography is to pay attention to the lighting. I still have lots to learn about taking pictures, but as a mom with a camera, my first goal is to find decent lighting. Using natural light is best, so move your mini photo session to the outdoors. Also, move your child to open shade so you have the benefit of natural light, without having sunny splotches on their faces. Here are the pictures I took on the first day of school using the shade at our front door:
My son’s picture was taken about 45 minutes before my daughter’s picture. You can see in her picture on the right that the sun is starting to come through on the left hand side. I had her scoot a little to the right to avoid the sun directly on her face.
For their pictures, I printed out free printable signs from Pink Peppermint Paper for them to hold. There are so many cute back to school photo ideas online. I’ve gathered 5 of my favorite articles for photography ideas and tips for back to school pictures: