It’s back to school season making it the perfect time to take pictures of your little ones. They will grow up so fast and using the start of the school year to capture pictures of them is a tradition you will not regret.
After shopping for school clothes, we usually pick out an outfit of two to do a pre first day of school photo shoot in.
We do this before the first day of school in order to not add any additional stress to an already emotional day. We day our photos while it is still summer but a few days before school begins.
Top Tips for Taking Back To School Photos
Here are some of my best tips!
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 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.
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.
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 enjoyed shopping for my grandson for this photo shoot when he started kindergarten.
We hope you get as much joy out of capturing your kids back to school photos as we did.