This DIY First Day of School Polaroid Photo Prop tutorial and shopping trip has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MomentsShineWithWindex #CollectiveBias
If you have teens you know it can be a little challenging to get them to pose for first day of school pictures. I have three teens and I’ve been snapping first day of school pictures of them since they were little. Now that they are older, I want to make the tradition fun for them and memorable for them.
To pull off a teen friendly first day of school photo session, I made a Polaroid photo prop. The prop gives my kids something to do with their hands as I stand there snapping photos of them and trying to get them to smile. The prop also makes a bigger impact than an 8×10 back to school sign.
To make the photos come out as bright and beautiful as possible, here are four things I did before ever snapping a photo.
Tips for taking great back to school photos.
Pick a time of the day when the sun is not too bright.
We get gorgeous sunlight this time of the year, but during the middle of the day the sun is too intense and can make photos look over exposed. The best time to take photos outdoors, is mid morning or late afternoon when the sun is not directly above you in the sky.
Make sure your background is clean and free of clutter.
Since my back ground is a glass door, I want it to be grime, fingerprint and streak free. I used Windex® Original Glass Cleaner and Windex® Vinegar Multi-Surface Cleaner to prep the area for the photo shoot. Windex® products are easy to find on the cleaning product aisle at Kroger and for a limited time, when you buy 2 Windex® products you’ll get $20 to shop at Shutterfly®. I’m going to use the offer to print my first day of school photo session. This Shutterfly® offer is only valid 7/15/17 – 12/1/17. Visit here for terms and conditions.
To clean the glass I wiped it with a dry cloth and Windex® Original Glass Cleaner.
Windex® Original is my go to glass cleaner and the only one I trust to clean my home and our vehicle windows.
It’s famous for it’s streak-free shine, and is perfect for cleaning windows, mirrors, glass shower doors, glass top stoves, and more. Not only does it leave a streak free shine, because it is formulated with Ammonia-D®, it works to clean fingerprints, dirt, and other messes even before I wipe.
Wear clothes with colors that pop!
For our first day of school pictures I asked the kids to wear bright colored tees so they’d pop and contrast with the colors in the background.
Incorporate photo props.
Since my kids are teens, I thought it would be fun to make a prop they would use and not feel awkward about having in a photo. This Polaroid Photo Prop is really simple to make. Let me show you how.
DIY First Day of School Polaroid Photo Prop
- 18″ x 24″ white foam board
- craft knife
- Mod Podge, gloss or satin finish
- back to school printable
Draw a rectangle onto the foam board.
- To create the bottom border of the polaroid prop, measure 8″ from the bottom.
- To create the top and side borders, measure 2″ from each edge.
- Use a craft knife to cut out the rectangle.
- Print and cut out the back to school printable.
- Cover the entire foam board with Mod Podge and attach the words to the prop while the sealant is still wet. Allow the prop to dry for 24 hours.
Once the prop is dry follow the tips for taking great back to school photos. To find out more about how you can get $20 to shop with Shutterfly® and how to make your #MomentsShineWithWindex, be sure to tap any of the links in the post.