1. The Iconic School Bus
There is something about seeing the iconic yellow bus pull up to the school to deliver the kids. Before your little one gets on the bus, take a moment to snap a picture of him/her in front of the door. They won’t always ride the bus, before you know it they’ll be driving their own cars so getting this iconic image is important in keeping the memories.
2. Back to Friends
Now that school is back in session, they’ll be spending a lot more time with their friends. Friendships change throughout the years for your child. So getting a quick snap of your child with his/her best friends at this moment in time is precious. Have all of them pose with their new planners or backpacks. You could also take them to the play equipment in the school yard for a quick picture.
3. Set the Scene
If you have some time before school starts, why not get a little creative with some back to school props? Chalkboards, books and school supplies are all perfect to set up the scene. Then have a little fun with the props and your child. You can spell out your child’s age or grade on the chalkboard. You could have them with their books and or their backpacks ready to go. The ideas are infinite. Here is a quick glimpse at a stylized shoot I did for this occasion.
4. The Stuff
Sometimes the stuff is just as important as the day. Try to get some close ups of the back to school supplies that are sharpened and new. It won’t last long, so try getting a quick picture of them before they are put to good use. Also, snap an image of their back to school outfit. I remember as a kid how important is was to have everything just perfect including the new shoes. These are all very important to the child on the first day of school.
5. The Classroom
When they first start school, often their feet barely hit the floor when they sit at their desk. As they grow older, they can barely fit into their school desks. It’s this passage of time which is so endearing. Why not see if you can sneak into the classroom early and snap an image of your child in their desk? Another great idea, is to get an image of him/her meeting their teacher for the first time.
What are some of your favorite ways to photograph your children going back to school?
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