It’s that time of year again! Charge up your camera batteries and get ready because very soon the kids will be heading back to school.
There are plenty of moments to capture and scrap around this annual event. If you are like me, you probably have the obligatory first day of school shot.
This year I’m going to try and mix it up a bit. At the end of the year, I took a photo of my son holding up two fingers indicating that he was no longer a first grader.
I think it would be fun to do that again on the first day of school, maybe with my older son who was not willing to have his picture taken on the last day!
While I usually get a photo of the boys wearing their backpacks. I haven’t done a great job of documenting all the school supplies and new clothing we purchase before school starts. This year I plan on getting some shots of the supplies as well as including the actual list from school on the page!
My children will be riding the bus to school for the first time this year. I will be at the bus stop to get the obligatory getting on the bus shot! I also always attempt to catch the boys with their teachers at the beginning of the year. Luckily, they are in aftercare and I can sometimes catch the teachers as they are leaving for the day.
We also have a “sneak peek” day and I bring my camera to get shots of them at their desks and detail shots of their classrooms. Here I created a page that includes photos with their teachers and some detail shots from that day.
A simple interview is a great way capture your children’s thoughts about the new school year. Ask questions about what they are looking forward to this year, what they hope to learn, who their friends are, favorites (color, books, movies, etc.), and include some stats about their height, weight and age. Revisit these questions at the end of the year for a fun page about how your child has changed!
I’ll confess most of my back to school photos are not taken in the morning on the first day of school. My husband takes them to school so I tend to grab my photos at the end of the day. Don’t worry if you don’t get photos on the first day, worst case scenario you can just take pictures as close to the first day as you can.
The most important part is telling the story, no one is going to remember when you took the photos!
Celeste Smith lives in Connecticut with her husband Terry, her two mischievous boys Adam (9) and Sam (7), and a spooky, old cat named Woody. She works in the insurance industry by day and spends her
evenings reading, crafting with her sons, and scrapbooking. Formerly an ambassador for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, Celeste currently designs for write.click.scrapbook, Two Peas in a Bucket Digital, Sweet Shoppe Designs, Gennifer Bursett, and Jenni Bowlin. Celeste regularly guest teaches seminars at Masterful Scrapbook Design. For years, Celeste was an 8.5×11 paper scrapper, but over the past year she has embraced digital scrapbooking as well as the square. Celeste runs a daily inspiration blog and gathers ideas and free printables from around the Internet for her readers.