Back to School Photography Ideas


Can you believe it is almost time for the kids to start school again? For some of you, your kids may have already started. A few years ago I created a ‘Back to School Photography Ideas’ list. I made the list prior to having a kiddo in school so I decided to update the list for you.

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Download your FREE copy of the Back to School Photography List HERE.

Remember to use this list as a guide. You do not need to capture each idea on this list. I know I don’t. In fact, the first day of school is normally pretty hectic with enough going on that you may not even have time or the desire. If you know you will be rushed, consider doing some of the photos a few days in advance. The most important thing to remember is just to capture the moment. Each image doesn’t need to be amazing. You want to remember their first days of school so don’t stress out about getting the perfect photo.

Here are a few from my little one’s first day of school last year.
back to school photography ideas
back to school photography ideas
back to school photography ideas
back to school photography ideas

Love this one by Brennan Lanter Photography
back to school photography ideas

Can you think of any other ideas to add to the list? Leave them in the comments.

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  1. I wish I’d of seen this 2 weeks ago when our kids started back to school. (Georgia)

  2. Great list, Courtney. I’d also like to add one of my favorites to the list: candid photos of the kids talking to one another as we prepare to leave for the first day of school. I have our girls stand outside in the same spot each year and just talk to one another about what they’re excited–or nervous–about for the first day of school. I love these relaxed moments between our girls and these photos are some of my favorites.
    Jean recently posted..Memories of the playground

  3. Courtney, I love this list!! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. I have taken a picture of the kids standing by the sign to their school every year since kindergarten. The problem is that early in the morning the sun is shining brightly behind that sign and my pictures have ended up with a very bright background overwhelming the kids’ faces. Last year while leaving school on the last day we walked by the sign and I realized that I should have also been taking one on the last day of school… and also at the end of the day so that the sun doesn’t dominate the picture. Oh well, this is my daughter’s last year of elementary school so I have one more chance to get hers right this year :)

    • avatar Courtney Slazinik :

      I love the idea of standing next to a sign! What a great way to really show the growth of your little one!

  5. Hi!
    I have linked your post on my blog, in a post where i talk about photo ideas. I hope that is fine for you.
    You can find it here (it’s in italian…)

    Thank you and…I love your photography work! :)
    silvia recently posted..Idee fotografiche per il rientro a scuola

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