Aug 09, 2017

5 Tips for Photographing Your Child’s First Day of School

Becoming a mother was a life changing experience for me. And not just the everyday changes like no longer being able to EVER sleep in again, or finding the time to do anything that didn’t involve my child. It was more than that. It was deeper … Just when I thought I had mastered the art of selflessly organizing my life around his, it was time to let go.

My baby starts first grade this fall, and the sentimental mom in me decided, when he started preschool, to begin the tradition of photographing his first day of school every year until he officially leaves the nest. I may not be able to keep him home with me forever, but I sure will have a lot of memories that we’ll treasure forever.

For those of you fellow sentimental moms who love documenting those first day memories, here are five tips that will help you master those photographs:

1) Make this a fun tradition. First days inevitably happen every year. Just like birthdays. Pick one element that will remain consistent every year, whether it’s a black chalkboard plaque or your front door, and photograph your child each year with it. (Editor’s note: Check out our free printable first day of school signs, here!) He/She will literally grow up before your eyes …

2) Allow yourself time to really enjoy this experience. In other words, don’t attempt this shot when you’re already running 10 minutes behind. Plan your morning so that you have at least 10-15 minutes to play around with ideas and really capture their expressions and emotions.

3) Get to know your camera. Find the most flattering light on your child. When in doubt, take out your smart phone and get a snap shot before the moment passes. They say the very best photographs are the ones actually captured. Trust me, you will love it just the same.

4) Don’t forget to capture their last day of school, too. Amazing, the changes that happen in a year!

5) Share your captures. Facebook it, Instagram it, blog it. There is an amazing community of moms out there who understand exactly what it feels like to let your baby go out there into the world, and chances are – they are a little bit emotional about it all, too. Embrace this milestone in your child’s life and proudly share it with all. We are your biggest cheerleaders.

Save

Save

share this post:

TweetShare on FacebookEmail

About the Contributor: Alice is a passionate creative who loves photographing childhood, planning meaningful events, and dreaming big. Kyu is a an entrepreneur who believes in living a life full of integrity and serving others. Since starting Alice Park Photography in 2006, Alice and Kyu's business has blossomed into one of the premier boutique studios in Buckhead and the Atlanta area. They consider themselves to be especially blessed having the freedom to run a business they love while raising their two young children, Lyon and Elise. In 2009, the couple’s love for the photography industry sparked them to create the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) – bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their craft and this unique industry. The thriving organization is their way of giving back to the global network of specialized child photographers that have supported Alice and Kyu so kindly over the years.

 

comment on this post

Leave comment

No comments have been added yet

liked this post? img you might also like...
  • husband and wife embracing on beach
    We’re Obsessed With This Session + You Will Be, Too
    Rya Duncklee, of Rya Duncklee Studios, photographs fellow NAPCP member, and 2017 NAPCP Photographer of the Year, Ashley Berrie … Inspiration – When Ashley reached out to me to document portraits of her family enjoying time in one of their favorite places, of course I knew I wanted to do the best job I possibly […]
  • We’re Loving This Underwater Maternity Session
    Inspiration It’s no secret that I love underwater photography, especially when it involves photographing maternity clients.  I feel that it’s an incredible time in a woman’s life, and something to truly celebrate. Underwater always adds such a poetic element to any sessions and a special something that not many other sessions do. When Kathryn Langley, […]
  • September 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Jaye McLaughlin!
    Our September issue of Inspired features Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography! Read her exclusive interview, download your free motivational desktop wallpaper, access helpful resources and learn how to manage your time better in the busy season. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family […]
  • What’s in Her Bag: Heather Davidson-Meyn
    Tell us a little about what’s inside. My bag includes different things for every type of session or age group I’m photographing that day. This bag is packed for an outdoor session with a mom, a dad, and an 18 month-old! I have my Canon 5D Mark 3 together with my 24-70 2.8L and 70-200 […]
img find a photographer
in your area
img

We are so delighted that you are here. The National Association of Professional Child Photographers is an association whose mission is to promote and support the artistry and integrity of professional child photographers. To accomplish this mission, NAPCP provides the most comprehensive resources for its members, bringing together a community of passionate artists committed to growth in their skills, their artistry, and their businesses.

NAPCP.com (formally pronounced "NAP-C-P") is a place where professional child photographers can come and connect, learn, teach, aspire and grow. It is also a valuable resource for parents who are looking for a professional child photographer in their area, and want to be inspired and educated about our specialized industry.

img award winning photos click here to view

img most recent issue
img vendors we love
napcp supporters

 
img helpful articles napcp resources
  • September 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Jaye McLaughlin!

    Our September issue of Inspired features Jaye McLaughlin of The Life in Your Years Photography! Read her exclusive interview, download your free motivational desktop wallpaper, access helpful resources and learn how to manage your time better in the busy season. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family […]

  • Announcing the Inspired Gallery Event & Print Competition Winners!

    Hello friends! After much excitement and anticipation, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the winners of our Inspired by NAPCP Gallery Event. In contrast to our annual International Image Competition, the NAPCP Inspired Gallery Event was creative in nature and gave both members and non-members the chance to place in one of three categories — […]

  • August 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring Heather Crowder!

    Our August issue of Inspired features Heather Crowder of Heather Crowder Photography Studio! Read her exclusive interview, get your FREE printable lunch box notes, and see which photos we have featured this month #napcp hashtag on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients. Save

  • July 2018 Inspired Magazine: Featuring 2018 International Image Competition Winners!

    This month’s issue of Inspired features our February 2018 International Image Competition Winners! Click here to read their exclusive interviews, learn more about the 2018 Best New Emerging Child Photographer, and see the photos we have featured this month from our #napcp hashtag on Instagram. Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your […]

Categories