5 First Day of School Picture Ideas You’ll Love

First day of school picture ideas
Images compiled by Mindi Stavish

Post originally ran August 29, 2014

My first born son started kindergarten today– hold me. The morning was bittersweet. He woke up with a huge smile on his face exclaiming, “I am going to school today!” Meanwhile, I was a bundle of nerves, wondering how he would manage in a classroom full of strangers. When we arrived at school, I walked him to the gym where we waited with his classmates, parents, and teachers. Then parents, students, and teachers walked to the kindergarten wing. After attendance was called and cubbies were located, we were gently asked to say our goodbyes. Xander was happily chatting about the classroom fish when I leaned over to give him a kiss. I quickly told him to have a great day and felt tears well up in my eyes. Unable to hold back the tears, I gave him a hug and headed out of his class. As soon as I reached the threshold of the door, I was bawling. I knew it would be an emotional morning, but I had no idea it would be that hard.

As a photographer, I found comfort in capturing this big day with my camera. I always want to remember the excitement on my sons face as he started his very first day of school. A first of many first days of school that I am sure will be followed by more tears from me. Here are some other fun ways to capture the first day!

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Image via Mommy In the Midwest

Candice of Mommy In the Midwest created an adorable chalk art sign for her son, who started preschool recently. She included all of his favorite things to do. I just love how colorful it is! Perfect for photos!

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Image via Irocko

When your child starts pre-K or kindergarten, purchase a men's shirt, decorate it to say “my first day of school”, and snap a photo. Then, every year have them put on the t-shirt for the first day of school, and take a picture – all the way up until they graduate. How cute will it be to see the shirt hanging down to your child's shins on the first day of school ever and then to fit in high school?

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Image via Carrie This Home

Not so crafty or a last minute planner? Instead of having your child holding a sign, create a sign within your picture using a software editing program. Carrie from Carrie This Home shared how to create the above image using Picmonkey in her blog post.

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Image via Mindi Stavish

Each year, decorate a wooden letter or number with scrapbook paper, comic books, or gift wrap that represents something your child loves. Leave a space at the bottom of the number and fill in your child's school name and the date. Then cover the entire piece with Mod Podge to preserve it.

chalk board sign
Image via Mindi Stavish

Paint a wood board with chalkboard paint so you can use the same sign each year and with multiple kids!

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How about you? Any other ideas on how to document first day photos?

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5 First Day of School Picture Ideas You’ll Love

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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