Back to School Photography Tips & Ideas

August 9, 2013

in Photography Posing Ideas, Stylized Photo Posing Ideas

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We can hardly believe that it is already time to plan for our kids going back to school!  We’ve rounded up some beautiful back to school photography ideas to inspire you whether you are planning to offer stylized Back to School mini-sessions or just wanting to take more memorable photos of your own child’s first day back to school.  You can also read some great photography ideas from our co-founder Angie Arthur here:

Stylized Back-to-School Photo Sessions

These photographers utilized great props–from antique school desks to old lockers to stacks of vintage books–to create styled Back to School sessions. Stylized sessions provide a more artistic alternative to traditional school portraits.

Dana Suggs

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Dana Suggs

Southern Charm

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Southern Charm

Larae Russell Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Larae Russell Photography

Jessica Downey Photo

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Jessica Downey Photo

Feathered Nest Photographie

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Feathered Nest Photographie

Simply Rosie

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Simply Rosie

Candace Rock Photography

How fun would it be to find an old schoolhouse for a Back to School mini-session?
Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Candace Rock Photography

Alicia Kinne Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Alicia Kinne Photography

Vicki Knights Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Vicki Knights Photography

Kofo Baptist Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Kofo Baptist

 

Laura Winslow Photography

You might even be able to borrow a school bus for your session. 🙂

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Laura Winslow Photography

Michele Anderson of Pinkle Toes Photography took the stylized back-to-school session idea a little further and teamed up with a local clothing boutique to incorporate a school supply drive.

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Portrait Photography by Pinkle Toes Photography

Back to School Shopping

Speaking of school supplies, we loved getting a new box of crayons or choosing a new lunchbox or folder every year.  Photos of these items can make excellent detail shots to help tell your child’s back to school story.

Alicia Ann Photography

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Probably one of the things kids enjoy most about the back to school routine is shopping for new clothes.  Have your child or teen get her friends together for a fun back-to-school fashion photo shoot with their new outfits.

Pink Fly Photography

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Tips for Capturing Your Child’s First Day Back to School

Having your child pose on the front porch every year is a great way to document the changes over the years.  But you don’t need to stop there.  Here are some great ideas for capturing your child’s first day back to school with more of a lifestyle photography approach:

  • Start photographing early to document the morning routine.

Stephanie Belton entered this photo of her daughter getting dressed for school in our Back to School photo challenge.

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Lifestyle Photography by Stephanie Belton

  • Capture their siblings’ reactions.

If there are younger siblings at home, chances are they feel pretty strongly about their older brother or sister leaving them to go off to school.  They might be worried or sad.  And then, there are those who are excited about having mom all to themselves for the day.

Julie Rivera Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Lifestyle Photography by Julie Rivera

  • Don’t forget the bus!

By all means, get the photo of your child heading up the bus steps.  But you can get some interesting shots by changing your perspective, too.  Get a shot of the bus coming down the street or pulling away.

Amy Locurto

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  • Take photos in the classroom

If this is your child’s very first day of school ever, then you probably are dropping them off yourself.  (Yep, we were those moms, too.)  Take the camera with you and get photos of them hanging up their backpacks, finding their desk, etc.

Kristin Vining Photography

Back to School Photography Ideas via iHeartFaces.com - Lifestyle Photography by Kristin Vining

So whether your child is feeling confident and excited or nervous and reserved about the first back to school, we hope these ideas and tips will inspire you to take some meaningful photos as they go back to school.

Angela Valerie Photography

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Have some back to school photos you’d like to show off?  Share them with us on Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #iHeartFaces so that we can find them!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly Strebel August 19, 2013

Such cute ideas! Love that bus shot!!!

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Amy August 16, 2013

I think its fun how small kids appear next to large book cases. Looks lovley. Some great ideas.

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Laura Winslow August 15, 2013

Thank you so much for including my images in this fabulous collection of ideas! So much fun! 🙂

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bridgett August 12, 2013

Loving these back to school photo inspirations! My oldest is starting pre-k in a month and we just wrapped up a goofy back to school session! xo

http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/08/life-back-to-school-photo-shoot.html

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Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe August 10, 2013

I love the WOW THANKS card from Pinkle Toes. Clever!

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jen @ Tatertots & Jello August 9, 2013

Those photos are amazing. I wish I had one with my kids and their schoolbus. I love that!

xox

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Jess August 9, 2013

How fun! Here are my twin boys’ back to school photos from last year – we are doing kinder ones this weekend. I’ll have to incorporate some of these new ideas!

http://goodandhardy.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-hardy-boys-heroes-of-pre-k.html

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Amy Locurto August 9, 2013

So may great photos! I’m inspired!

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