3 Photographs to Take on the First Day of School

There are so many things to prepare for when time for your kids to start back to school.  One of the fun things that you can plan ahead for is photographing back-to-school memories.  Here are 3 ways to capture those memories no matter what grade your child is in.

1.  Use a sign

Back to school sign

Whether it is printed from Pinterest or handmade, having a sign that your kid can hold will help them to know that to do and gives reference to the photo for the future.  You can put their age, what grade, favorite things, teachers name, graduation date, etc.  I typically shoot these the morning of the first day outside my front door.  This location makes it easy for me to shoot this photograph again on the last day of school so that I can truly compare them side by side.  

2.   Full Body Photograph

first day of school photo

Don’t you want to remember how tall they were, what their shoes looked like all clean and new, and their excitement to start off the year?! They change so much from the beginning to the end of the year and this is always a good barometer of that!

3.  Get in the frame

Mom and son first day of school photos

Typically this is the hardest photograph to get but if you know ahead of time that this is a photograph you want it makes it a little easier to accomplish.  In the past I have taken the photo of my kids with their first day of school and then handed off the camera to my husband to get me in a few pictures.  This doesn't have to be award winning but it will be consistent with your others and I have always been grateful to have a few images with myself in them to document the day.

I’m not sure I’m quite ready for getting back on a strict schedule, but knowing that they love school and are looking forward to it always makes it easier.

2017 Outakes

Because when there you take over 15,000 photos in a year there will be moments that just don't go right.  These are those moments that made me laugh, or pause, or wish I would have gotten it right.  And I began to notice a clear pattern for when my son did not want his photo taken...he gave me crazy eyes or some way or another covered his face.  And when my husband didn't want his photo taken, well, he used a different method.  I tried getting in more photos and when a 6 year old is taking your photo, you can see how that went.  Such a fun way to look back at 2017!

Favorite 17 of 2017

Each year I like to review the over 15,000 personal photos I take and select my personal favorites as best I here we go!  (top 17 and one to grow on!).  Now I need to stick to my other yearly tradition and put these together with my other 100+ favorites in our annual family album!

Summer in Collierville | Collierville Photographer

We have had a pretty laid back summer so far, not really having a to-do list or major plans has been what I have enjoyed most!  We did put together a summer bucket list where we listed about 15 things that each of us wanted to do this summer so that is something that gives us ideas week to week!  Here are my favorites from June - we crossed off the following from our bucket list: going to the Memphis Zoo, backyard pool day, GoKart and PuttPutt, Frisbee Golf, spending all day in our night-nights, finding new parks, bubble baths, ice cream dates and a Pokemon adventure!  I hope that July is just as fun!  I would love for you to follow along with me on Instagram - that is where I am posting most of my summer favorites daily!