Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to School Photography Tips

It's that time of year again. The smell of new school supplies is in the air and kids have new sneakers, haircuts, and are ready to go back to school.

This is a photo opportunity you don't want to miss. Whether it's their first day of Kindergarten, entering their first year of college, or anything in between, the first day of school is special and you'll want to have your camera ready to go.
Here are some back to school photography tips to help you capture all of these precious moments.

Back to School Photos

Back To School Shopping, Shopping, Shopping
Whether you like it or not, shopping for back to school clothes, shoes, and school supplies is an annual tradition that deserves documentation. Turn what might be an arduous task for your kids into a fun experience by giving them a "photo assignment". Have them take pictures of each other's best and worst shopping moments. This might even become a new back to school tradition. Photograph them before you leave with their worn out summer sandals, unruly pool hair, and faded summer tank tops. You'll have that to start your back to school scrapbook page and contrast it with the first day of school photo.

By giving the camera to your kids for part of this day you might even end up with a funny photo of yourself frazzled from a day of shopping.

The First Day
Whether they are taking the bus, walking, or driving themselves for the first time, that goodbye photo is crucial to remember that feeling forever. They will be proud to see their independence and you can reflect on this time in their lives.

Back to School Photo Tips

Friends Forever
Getting kids together, whether it's siblings, neighbors, or classmates always helps break the ice. These photos are fun for the kids to look back on and see how much their friends have changed over the years.

Back to School Photo

Think Outside of the Box 
Kids smiling for the camera always make a nice picture, but you might like something a little out of the ordinary even better. Try photographing kids from behind. On the first day of school you will see the excited posture of their walk onto the bus or into school with their new favorite backpack they picked for this year.

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Back to School Photo Tips and Tricks

Get a Close-Up
Make sure you do a full head to toe photo to capture what they looked like at this time in their life. Then, zoom in close and do a few portraits to remember the features of their face at this age. They will inevitably get annoyed after a few shots so keep shooting and grab some of those funny candid moments too.

Back to School Picture

Back to School Traditions
Once they are home from the first day, do you have an annual family tradition? Homemade cookies and milk, ice cream cones... whatever the tradition, be sure to include your camera.

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Back to School Photography Tips | Take Great Pictures

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