Back-to-school time can bring with it a whole mixed bag of emotions. Whether you’re weeping in your car while your first born is starting her very first day of Kindergarten, or dancing and cheering in ecstasy as your lot of three finally gets out of your hair and back in the classroom, one thing stays the same: you’ll want that first day documented.
A simple photo of your kiddos standing outside the house on that (long-awaited) first day each year used to suffice. But in today’s world of social media and drool-worthy Pinterest posts dancing in our heads, we need to step up our game. These super cute, easy and creative first-day photo ideas will inspire you to start prepping now – after all, the first day of school only happens once a year!
11 super cute photo ideas to honour the first day of school
PHOTO INSIDE A PHOTOA simple update to the classic standing-on-the-front-porch picture. See how your little one changes and grows from year to year – all in one photo.She's Making Cards
ANNUAL HANDPRINT SHIRTGive your DIY skills a go and use fabric paint and/or heat transfer vinyl to create this adorable handprint shirt. The perfect keepsake to start early on and treasure throughout the years.Where the smiles have been
FIRST DAY BANNERThis easy-to-make, colourful banner can be held by your child or hung in the background of the photo. Make it extra special by having your kids help create it!Ruffled Sunshine
BIG NEWSA fun option for including more than one child in the photo. Each kid gets their own page honouring their big back-to-school news!Hobby Lobby
CHALK SIGNFun, colourful and completely tailored to your child. Create your own with chalk markers or order one online – we love this one on Etsy! A great way to document (and maybe chuckle at, with love) your little one's future aspirations.KidsPartyPrintables via Etsy
SIDEWALK CHALKGet up high and aim down low for this super easy shot. You can get as creative as you like (or have time for) with the chalk – just make sure you have a back-up plan in case it's a rainy day!Blue Cricket Design
ADD THE DETAILSNo time for a fancy photo during the hectic back-to-school morning? Take a quick pic instead and edit the details in later. You don't have to be design savvy, either. Try out a free editing app like Snapseed that allows you to add and customize text with ease.The Polka Dot Cottage
PHOTO BOOTH FRAMEA unique spin on holding a sign – make a photo booth-style frame instead! Cut out the centre and decorate as desired. No time for DIY design? Order one online instead. (We won't tell!)Imagenit
BALLOONS, FOR THE WINIt doesn't get much easier than balloons. Just add the grade with stick-on letters or grab a Sharpie and write it. Make it extra fun with balloons in the background and consider a last day of school photo that involves the kids popping balloons in celebration!Design Improvised
PERFECT PROPSSometimes a few great props make all the difference. Think apples, lunch boxes and a chalkboard backdrop. Consider including a growth chart that can be used in the photo from year to year, even if the other props change.Jonesing2Create
KEEP IT LIGHTCut out speech bubble signs and write fun sayings on them. Going back to school doesn't have to be all business!Adventures of Bradysitting