As a mom to a now 13-year-old and 10-year-old, I've learned a few things along the way about taking back to school pictures. Let me share my journey.
Here, at my household, we have a couple of traditions surrounding the first day of school. They go a little like this:
- Wake up maybe 10 minutes later than we really should have since we're not used to getting up and getting ready for the day quite so early.
- Run out the door with maybe one minute to spare before the kids HAVE to be heading toward school lest they be late.
- Grab my camera and beg, scream, PLEAD, for the kids to go sit on the doorstep and let me take their picture.
That's the tradition. Usually. Hey, I'm just keeping it real.
I realize though, that this isn't ideal. Ideally, you would give yourself more time, so let's just start with that. The night before school, get your camera ready. Make sure you have a charged battery and a memory card with sufficient space.
Keep in mind that if you want to take pictures at home prior to school starting, you're going to have to give yourself a little bit more time. Rushing to take pictures at the last minute means everyone is stressed. It doesn't make for the happiest of smiles. Allow yourself five extra minutes to get your back to school pictures before getting your kiddo to school.
I always try to get a picture of the kids sitting on the doorstep. It's neat to watch the progression as they age, and it's just about the only real tradition we have about the first day of school (except for the me-yelling-at-them-to-PLEASE-do-exactly-what-I-say.)
My doorstep is not only a nice place to take back to school pictures since it places them in front of their house, but it also doesn't have any harsh light shining on the doorstep. This is important. Choose a place to photograph your child(ren) that has good light. If you are newer to photography, I'd suggest an area of open shade, as it offers nice, even lighting. Porches often have wonderful light since at certain times of the day, they block direct, harsh sunlight. Since the kids are facing toward the brighter, uncovered area, they have good light in their eyes.