My friend Meagan does my favorite back-to-school pictures of her kids every year. There’s no elaborate set-up or pressure. No Pinterest worthy props or staging. On the first day of school, she literally puts the two kiddos in front of a tree and snaps a shot with her phone. I love these pictures because they are authentic. Over time they tell a story that I am totally invested in. By taking them in the same spot in their front yard every year, it really emphasizes the changes within the children from one year to the next. It gives context and in many ways a sense of scale to details you don’t want to forget.
So I knew that when my kiddos started school, I wanted to have a “Back-to-School” photo tradition that I can hopefully duplicate every year. I selected my front porch as “the” spot.
Photography Tip #1
It’s all about open shade! When your subject is in the shade but behind you is the open sky, you end up with a well-lit photo and nice catchlights in the eyes. If you don’t have a porch like me, you can also put your kids inside the front door and shoot from outside and it should work just as well assuming you have open sky behind you.
Photography Tip #2
Don’t do your back-to-school photos on the actual first day of school! That morning is already hectic and crazy enough. I recommend taking them the weekend before school starts.
Photography Tip #3
If you aren’t taking the photos on the actual first day of school, you can spend a little more time stying the shoot. Styling boys can be a challenge! My kids are close in age, so I think it’s fun to have them coordinated but not super matchy-matchy. I purchased their outfits from Macy’s when they were having a crazy sale and everything was 40%+ off! My favorite piece is Ryker’s faux leather bomber jacket! I tend to be obsessed with finding different textures that work well together.
The chalkboard signs were purchased from Amanda at Page Brook Market and I love how they give me the flexibility to do Last Day of school pictures each year too.
So without further ado….here are the 2018 Crow boy’s Back-To-School photos.
Photography Tip #4 For Back-to-School Photos
Don’t forget to capture some details that are important to you!
And here is a little peek of Ryker’s first school homework project for Back-to-School night. His transportation driver is a firefighter.
Finally, I came across this blog post written by the amazing Deanna Ramsay I’d like to share. The School Year Schedule talks about her family tradition of setting schedules before school starts. I love the intentionality behind this and plan to incorporate it when Clayton starts kindergarten in a couple of years.
Do you have any other back-to-school photo tips? I’d love to hear them! All you need to do is just leave them in the comments!