Top 6 Tips for Taking Back To School Photos


This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I received the included Carter’s clothes as compensation.

My grandson is going to 4-year old kindergarten this year so I called my daughter up, who lives an hour or so from me, and said let’s do some back to school shopping for Kari. I called her on video chat and we spent the good part of two days ordering school clothes from Kohl’s for him. She logged on, created a Kohl’s account we could both see and added items to her shopping cart. I was able to do the same from my end. We were looking at Carter’s clothes for him since he’s at that not a baby stage, but not quite a big kid. Carter’s has the perfect clothes for kids his age. Many of their pants have adjustable sizing in the waist or drawcords to create the perfect fit.

Back To School with Carters and Kohl's

After shopping Kohl’s online, we opted for in-store pickup which gave her and my grandson a reason to come to town. We saved 50% off all of the Carter’s pieces we bought, but that sale has ended. Don’t worry though! If you have some back to school shopping to do, Kohl’s will have a 40% – 50% off Carter’s Playwear sale again 8/4 – 8/20. Shoppers can also use the BTS10 code to get $10 off $50 spent on the back to school categories (which includes Carter’s clothing).

Back To School with Carters and Kohl's

Since we were doing back to school shopping I asked my daughter to take some back to school pictures of him. She doesn’t take many and I know one of my biggest regrets was not taking enough pictures of my kids when they were little. Because of that, I’m always encouraging new moms to take lot’s of pictures of their kids. The time flies by so fast so its good to capture all of the moments you can.

Top Tips for Taking Back To School Photos

Before the photo shoot, I gave her a few tips to help her take some great photos of this important time for Kari. He probably won’t remember his first day of Pre-K, but these pictures will be valuable when we tell him about it years from now.

1. Shop for bright, fun clothing.

Look for clothing that will contrast with your child’s complexion and pieces that reflect their personalities. Kari is super athletic and loves sports, so made sure to choose bright colors with images of his favorite hobbies. Choosing contrasting colors for the photo shoot will also make their skin tone and features stand out in the photos.

2. Let your kids pick some pieces.

My kids are at the age where they won’t wear clothes they don’t like. When shopping for them I involve them in the process since they are the ones who will be wearing the clothes. They don’t make all of the decisions, but I do like hearing and seeing what their style looks like. When they put on something they’ve picked out or given the thumbs up, they seem more happy about what they have on.

3. Take a full length picture of your child in their new clothes and shoes.

In this full length picture Kari has on his comfy Carter’s polo top and cargo shorts. The picture captures his height, weight, and structure. A full length picture is a must with kids as often as possible. Full length pictures give you a head to toe memory of your child. They will not look exactly like this for much longer so capture this time.

4. Take a close up of your child’s face, missing teeth and all.

This is one of my favorite tips and one of my favorite back to school pictures of Kari. Don’t be afraid to get up close and on their level. Bend down, focus on their face and take those pictures. Say things to make them smile, laugh and express their facial features. Catching photos of childhood milestones like missing teeth is so special.


5. Choose a good indoor or outdoor setting.

Choose a setting where your kids can have fun and the lighting is good. You don’t want dark pictures for this photo session. My daughter took Kari to the park with a few of his outfits and just let him have fun. The weather was good and since she waited until after twelve, they sun was not too bright.


6. Encourage your kids to have fun and be their amazing selves.

Don’t overthink or force the photo session. The park was perfect for Kari because toddlers love parks. He was able to have fun and my daughter was able to capture some great photos of him. My motto with kids, is put them in their element, snap those photos and your bound to get something amazing.

My daughter and I are super excited about this collaboration with Kohl’s and Carter’s. We enjoyed shopping for Kari and amazed ourselves by the photos we captured and how great he looked in his Carter’s school clothes. Kohl’s Carter’s department has great back to school styles at great prices, that will carry your child thru the season! Check out the Carter’s selection here!

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21 Comments

  1. Aw! Kari is so cute! I liked your tips and totally agree with you that kids grow fast, therefore parents shouldn’t forget to capture their memories!

  2. Your grandson is so cute and has so much personality! My granddaughter will start school this year and I am going to suggest this to my daughter – to take photos of her at every grade level. It would make a good collage when she graduates from high school! Oh, BTW, those outfits are really nice.

  3. Your grandson is absolutely adorable and handsome! These are great tips for keeping your child happy and you get some really great photos all the outfits from Kohl’s were super cute also. I’ll be heading over there for some back to school shopping myself pretty soon. No one to compare.com

  4. Carter’s have great selection of clothing pieces:) Your grandson is a bundle of energy and cheerful spirit! Love these tips especially letting the kids choose their bright fun pieces. 🙂

  5. I take plenty of pictures of my kids. So we definitely got some back to school and last day of school too. We even got some walking to or from school randomly.

  6. HAhaha he looks stunned,yet happy with all new cloths..He might know all needs n deeds,but indeed that sweetness and curious look to have fun is totally catchy…love kids..they’re beautiful..!!!

  7. We homeschool but I do a photo with my kids for each new grade reached. For example, my daughter colored a picture for her first days of kindergarten and first grade and I took a photo with her with those.

  8. Carters always has some nice deals going on. We love the Carters in the outlet mall near us! Great call on letting the kid pick some clothes out too!

  9. It was a wonderful post, all the more I could relate it with my 3 year old kid. Photographing all smiles, missing teeth was all so sweet and innocent. Good clothes by carters all together.

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