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10 Tips for Amazing First Day of School Photos

The first day of school is a big deal and capturing your kids on this special day is pretty important, too. Not only will it capture a memory that you’ll treasure forever, but it will also be a memento for when your children are older. If you’re unsure of how to capture the perfect first day of school photos, check out some of these amazing tips.

10 Tips for Fun Back to School Photos


1. Pick the Right Time
This is more a technicality than an idea, but it will pay off. You want to get the picture when your kids are fresh faced and excited, so before they go to school. Just be sure to give yourself enough time to do it.

2. Don’t Forget the Clothes
Your kids probably spent a lot of time picking out what they were going to wear for the first day of school, so make sure you get the entire outfit in the picture. And don’t forget to include their awesome new backpacks and lunch boxes!

3. Feature Growth
This can be done in a number of ways, but a great way to show how big your kids are growing is to show how small they used to be. If you track your kids’ growth, take a picture of them next to the lines from previous years.

4. Take a Few Candid Shots
It’s important to take a few serious portraits, especially if you plan on sending some to family members. But it’s just as important to take a few pictures of your kids goofing off or playing together on the first day of school.

5. Use a Cookie Sheet
You can buy magnets from most stores that include numbers and letters. Grab a cookie sheet and let your kids spell out their name and what grade they’re in. They can hold this up in their picture so everyone will remember the details years down the road.

Back to School Picture Ideas

6. Use a Blank Wall
If you’re tech savvy, you can take a picture with your kid standing to one side of a blank wall. Then you can use Photoshop or Picmonkey to add a bunch of information about them in that blank space.

7. Take Group Shots
If you have more than one child, make sure you get one of all of them. They can use chalk to write their grade on the driveway or even hold up signs.

8. Have a Flashback
If it’s not your child’s first year at school, you can have them hold a picture of their first day of school picture from the year before. This allows you to see exactly how much they’ve grown.

9. Plant a Tree
If you have enough yard space, you can plant a tree on your child’s first day of school, though you might want to do it the day before. Then, every year until they graduate, you can take a picture next to the same tree.

10. Let Them Choose
Ask your child if they have a photo idea that they want to do for their first day of school. You might be surprised what ideas they come up with!

Do you have a creative idea for your child’s back to school (or first day of school) photo? Share it in the comments!

Shann Eva

Monday 31st of August 2015

Great tips and perfect timing! Our first day of kindergarten is tomorrow! Thanks for linking up at the #HomeMattersparty

Jennie @ The Diary of a Real Housewife

Thursday 27th of August 2015

These are great tips! I love taking pictures of my boys but is's never easy!! I would love if you would stop by and share on my Friday Favorites Link-up!

Donella Crigger

Friday 28th of August 2015

Thanks, Jennie. I linked up!


Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Cute ideas. My daughter starts preschool in a few weeks so perfect timing!


Saturday 22nd of August 2015

These are great ideas! I especially love the one about planting a tree. That's a new one to me. Pinned and stumbled. Found you on Lakeshore Drive.

Donella Crigger

Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Thanks for stopping by!