CAPTURE THE MOMENT

TIPS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL PHOTOS

The first day of school is memorable for both kids and parents. To help you mark this exciting milestone, we've gathered some fun photography tips and tricks for the start of the new school year.

ADD A FRAME

Let your child decorate a picture frame to help dress up and personalize this year's school pictures. Don't forget to include the grade they'll be entering on the frame. Then, have your kid hold up the frame around their face to capture their excitement in going back to school. You can also ask them to try holding the frame at an exaggerated angle for a fun, energetic composition.

Mom hanging framed photo of kids

YOUR NEW DOORFRAME

Instead of marking up your doorframe every year, why not go digital to record your kid's back-to-school height? A digital camera is a fun and easy way to show height changes each year — just remember to take photos in the same spot and consider using the same object for scale, like their favorite toy or book. Extra Credit: Take a follow-up photo in the same place on the last day of school.

Child's feet next to measuring stick

THEIR "FAVORITES" PHOTO SERIES

This school year, start a photo series of your kid's favorites to capture their unique "likes" that make them who they are. Get photos of their favorite shoes, toys, friends and after-school activities. You can also plan to create a new favorites series the next school year to see how your little one's likes have changed.

Kids in front of school bus

SWITCH UP YOUR POV

What better way to show your child's first day of school than to let them document their day? Once your child is old enough, you can give your little photographer-to-be a durable camera to capture back-to-school photos of special moments and tell their story from their perspective. They can get photos with friends on the playground, at the bus stop, or whenever class isn't in session.

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Girl on school bus

CREATE A Q & A

Make a photo memory of the unique way your child answers questions. First, ask your child a question like, "What do you want to learn this school year?" Then, let them write their answer in colored chalk on your driveway (or write it out for them). Next, take a photo with your child standing by their answer. It's sure to make a bright, colorful image — and it helps capture just who they are.

Child outside with dinosaur toy

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS

Expand your back-to-school photo style. Use a macro lens to capture super close shots of your child tying shoelaces, enjoying breakfast, writing their name on their backpack, and other "little" moments. You can also get fun images of shoes and school clothes before they're wearing them or you can unpack their backpack and grab a montage of what's inside.

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Child tying shoelaces

DON'T FORGET CANDID SHOTS

Go beyond posed back-to-school photos and grab some moments that say a lot — when your kids least expect it. Use a telephoto lens to focus on fun, in-action moments of your child when they don't know you're recording a video. Snap some quick photos when your kid is walking to the bus stop or saying hi to the teacher on the first day of school.

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Mom and daughter walking to school