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5 Back to School Photo Ideas

The start of yet another school year is just around the corner. How time flies!

Whether you can’t wait for classes to begin again or you’re not quite ready to accept that your child has moved up another grade, the time has come. At Persnickety, we’re passionate about helping you document all of your memories, we’ve compiled 5 easy ways to capture your kids’ “Back to School” experience. It may seem overwhelming but you won’t regret taking the time to snap these photos! Before you know it, your little ones will be all grown up!

1. PROPS, PROPS, PROPS

Setting up a Back to School photo shoot doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, you could probably find a handful of cute props to use that are lying around your house right now. For free! How adorable is this picture from Haringsma House Photography using only an apple and a stack of vintage books? The right props can transform your Back to School photos from blah to fabulous! Think books, backpacks, globes, rulers, pencils, crayons, journals,  apples, etc. Follow their lead, and head outside for the perfect lighting!

5 Back to School Photo Ideas
5 Back to School Photo Ideas
Back to School Photo Ideas of kids

2. KEEP IT SIMPLE

We’ve all seen those impeccably staged photo shoots on social media with epic backdrops, dozens of expensive-looking props and kids positioned in perfect poses. The truth is, you don’t need all of that to capture an incredible photo. All you really need is a solid wall and a simple prop or two. Create your own or download FREE Back to School Signs to incorporate into your photo shoot. By using minimal props like this, you can feature the fun Back to School theme in your photos while keeping the focus were it should be: on your child.

Photo tip – open the blinds and let the sunshine in for the best natural lighting or head to the porch!

5 Back to School Photo Ideas

3. GET IN THE PICTURE

Grab a neighbor or friend to snap a photo of you with the kids! Too often, Moms forget to get in front of the camera. Remember, these photos are going to mean more in 20 years than they will today!

5 Back to School Photo Ideas
Back to School Photo Ideas of kids
Back to School Photo Ideas of kids
Back to School Photo Ideas of kids


4. DIGITALLY CREATIVE

For those of you who have creative software (photoshop, canva) take a photo of your subject in front of a solid background. Remove the background and add digital designs or information about the upcoming school year.

5 Back to School Photo Ideas
5 Back to School Photo Ideas


Not computer savvy? Use portrait mode on your smart phone for a quick semi-pro portrait.

5. CHANGE YOUR LOCATION

If you’ve used the same setting year after year in your Back to School photos and want to shake it up a little, don’t be afraid to be bold with your location! Drive your child to their first day a little early and snap some photos of them at the school, by their cubby or locker, in their new classroom, at their desk or meeting their teacher. You can also capture some priceless memories at the bus stop, on the school playground or even your local library. The options are endless!

5 Back to School Photo Ideas
5 Back to School Photo Ideas
Back to School Photo Ideas of kids

So there you have it! 5 simple back to school photo ideas to start the new school year off with memories you’ll love to keep forever.

Are you an elementary school teacher or classroom helper? Set up a simple First Day of School backdrop for parents to come in and snap a photo of their child on the first day and then again on the last day. It’s so much fun to see how they’ve grown!

Don’t forget to print what you want to keep.

p.s. Our custom journals make the perfect Back to School gift for teachers!

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