Back to School Photo Tips
It's that times of year...backpacks, crayons, haircuts, new shoes & school lunches. Wether your kids are just starting school or ready to graduate you want to capture it all. They grow up so fast.
Here are a few tips for taking all the photos you need on that busy first day back.
1. Fill the frame: get a good close up/portrait of your child. Use the portrait mode on your iPhone for that pretty blurry background. You want that great portrait of their sweet face.
OH and don't forget to do the same on the LAST day of school. You will be amazed at how much they have changed in one school year.
2. Tell a story: Get the details! What back to school traditions do you want to capture? Morning routine? Breakfast? Walking to the bus stop? Lunch box notes? It is all something you will wish you had captured when they are all grown and graduating.
Include all the things you shopped for together. That perfect sparkly backpack, the matching lunch box. Definitely get those school supplies in there. You want to remember that cute kitty cat spiral she just had to have. And of course include those new shoes and that perfectly put together outfit.
For older kiddos make sure you get a close up of their favorite accessories, from that Letterman jacket, to their watch, jewelry, car keys and of course their phone and charger.
For your littles, go into the classroom on meet the teacher night and take pictures of that beautiful room his teacher has worked on all summer to make inviting. Capture their name on their desk, their locker, their new teacher.
3. Get their personality: Let go of wanting all posed photos. Capture who they are. It is the
perfect time to step back and just click without posing them. They are way over that anyway, right? Take some pics of them talking with their friends. Keep them moving, let them be silly. Capture that fortnight dance that they MAY NOT be doing in a few years. Get in paparazzi mode and tell them how amazing they are, yes work it...the camera loves you! Get those sweet, funny authentic expressions. You want to remember who they are and what they are like at this stage.
For those teenagers, if they want to borrow money they have to let you borrow some of their own photos from their insta-stories. GENIUS IDEA! LOL
4. Document growth: Take a picture in the same spot each year. Dress them in an oversized shirt with class of_____ have him where it for first day of school pics from kinder all the way to senior year. Get a chalk board sign and add a quote or their grade. What do you want to remember?
Write these down on a sign. Their favorite book, favorite hobby, what they want to be in 2nd grade....
Get creative & have fun!
5. GET IN THE PHOTO WITH THEM! It doesn't even matter if you are still in your PJs and looking rough after trying to get everyone ready. You are their WORLD and they want to remember you in it. PLUS, they will be taller than you in a year or two and you will want to remember them little.