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Ready Those Cameras! 12 Tips and Ideas for Your Child’s First Day of School Photo

12 Ideas for Your Child's First Day of School PhotoIt’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here. Whether it’s a day you and your children have been anxiously awaiting or quietly dreading, summer is drawing to a close and the first day of school is upon us. It’s time to stock up on school supplies, buy a few items for your child’s fall wardrobe, and start working on that early to bed, early to rise routine. Those 6 A.M. wake up calls are brutal.

It’s also time to charge up your camera and begin thinking about how best to capture your child’s first day of school. Whether it’s their first day of kindergarten or their last first day as a high school senior, these are memories you will want to treasure forever.

Here are a few ideas and tips to ensure you capture a snapshot worthy of a frame: 

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  • Celebrate firsts and lasts 1 of 12
    Celebrate firsts and lasts
    Make sure to frame that first day of school photo. You'll need it on the last day of school to take this clever shot from Stop Drop and Blog.
  • Have a nerdy photo shoot 2 of 12
    Have a nerdy photo shoot
    All you need is your child's favorite book and a pair of re-purposed sunshades to recreate this fun shot from Ruffles and Stuff.
  • It’s okay if they frown 3 of 12
    It's okay if they frown
    "First day of school, the twins were up and ready to go. Social butterfly Jacob was thrilled. Sister, Alyssa was only excited about wearing the hood of her unicorn backpack. No amount of begging could get the poor child to smile. Thankfully, 6 hours later, she came galloping out of her classroom with a big grin on her face," said Brooke McLay of Cheeky Kitchen.
  • Create your own photo props 4 of 12
    Create your own photo props
    You can download free printables by Tip Junkie or make your own.
  • Photograph from a distance 5 of 12
    Photograph from a distance
    Janice of 5 Minutes for Mom chose to photograph from afar on her son's first day. "My son was anxious about grade one and lost in his thoughts. I wanted to give him his space and so I hung back and photographed him growing up before my eyes," she said.
  • Get creative with dry erase boards 6 of 12
    Get creative with dry erase boards
    Ask your child to write their name on the board. It's a clever way to capture both their growth through the years and how their hand-writing improves over time. From Apple and ABCs.
  • Remember their very first day on their last first day 7 of 12
    Remember their very first day on their last first day
    Remember the first ever first day of school on your teen's last first day of school with this idea from Dieselberg. Have your senior hold a photograph from a kindergarten day past.
  • Make it a family affair 8 of 12
    Make it a family affair
    Have children that aren't quite ready for the classroom? That doesn't mean they can't get in on the first day of school photo taking action like this moment captured by Just Drink A Coke.
  • Make use of sidewalk chalk 9 of 12
    Make use of sidewalk chalk
    You can be as creative as you please with this inspired photo idea from Blue Cricket Design. Write your child's name, grade or age to keep track of the years as they go by.
  • Capture candid excitement 10 of 12
    Capture candid excitement
    "I love this picture from the first day of preschool last year. My (then) 2 and 4 year olds were so excited they took off running toward the building hand in hand," said Mary Lauren of Babble's Toddler Times and My 3 Little Birds.
  • Make your own chalkboard speech bubble 11 of 12
    Make your own chalkboard speech bubble
    These speech bubbles are a snap to create and you can save them to use year after year. Plus, they make a handy prop for any quirky photo session. Get the how-to from Make and Takes.
  • If all else fails, keep it simple 12 of 12
    If all else fails, keep it simple
    "Here's a picture of my older daughter before her first day of preschool in late August 2011. It was also the day before I gave birth to my younger daughter via a scheduled C-section, so it was nice that she had one last day of firsts before her life was no longer all about her. (Although on second thought, her life has never stopped being all about her.)" From Meredith Carroll of Babble's Strollerderby.

Read more from Amber on The Daily Doty and Babble’s Strollerderby.

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