There's only one "first day of school" for every child, so capture the day accurately with extra special photos! Whether it's kindergarten, first grade, or any year thereafter, you'll want to preserve that special day forever... and here's how!
Tip 1: Plan ahead. From clothes to lunches to backpacks, there are many things to get together for that first day of school! Don't be scrambling for camera, batteries, and memory cards as you rush your child out the door... make sure you have those things ready beforehand! Hurried activities will only add stress, so the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your child will be!
Tip 2: Be sensitive to your child’s emotions and needs. Preparing your child for the first day of school AND the first day of school photo is important. The additional stress of taking a photo before heading off to school might prove a bit taxing for your child. Its a good idea to talk about that first day of school photo beforehand with your child... knowing what to expect is a stress reliever for everyone!
Tip 3: Decide where and when will be the best place and time to take photos. If your child’s going off to school on the bus, waiting at the bus stop might be a great place to start! If you’re picking your child up after school, you might want to take the photo in front of the school. This can even work out better because the anxiety over the first day of school will have subsided.
Tip 4: Make it a tradition! The first day of school is a great time to chronicle, in photographs, the growth of your child. Try taking their picture in front of the same tree or in the same pose each year, and frame or scrapbook all the images together to see their growth right before your eyes, from kindergarten to college!
Tip 5: Don’t forget to photograph those who may not be going off to school. -- younger children, friends, or even dad! The images of those watching can create some wonderful and completely spontaneous images!
Have a great school year and don't forget to keep taking pictures throughout the year!