You have their backpacks and school supplies, and you scored big while re-stocking their closets during Tanger’s tax free weekend sales…now come the mandatory first day of school pics!
As semi-pro cell phone photographers, us moms are always trying to get the best photos possible in the milliseconds that our littles stand still or that we have their attention.
Well, with the start of the new school year fast approaching, I have your 3-step guide for taking amazing first day pics that your friends and family will swoon over and the kids won’t mind striking a pose for!
#TangerTip: If your kids have already started back to school, just recreate the first day pics using these tips. No one will ever know…and we won’t tell!
Pick Your Palette
You’ve probably had their outfits picked out since you saw it on the racks but for guaranteed swoon-worthy pics, be sure to coordinate their #BTSFashion with their backpacks, sneakers, or favorite new BTS accessory.
#TangerTip: Stick with one main color and limit the complementary colors to keep the photos clean and visually appealing.
Staging the Pic
Ok, so their outfits are key (and the most fun to plan) but you should also do a little photo pre-staging to make sure things are perfect (and go quickly) on the day of.
Pick a location that won’t compete with your colors and that provides a clean background. You want the focus to be on your kid(s) with limited distractions around them. A little recon/clean up beforehand goes a long way in taking great photos.
#TangerTip: Keeping your littles as the center of the photo will give you a more traditional portrait style first day pic . If you want more of an artsy feel, position them slightly off-center or take the photo from a unique angle versus straight on. And don’t forget the detail shots!
Customizable memory cards can easily be found on Pinterest and are a super cute way to callout milestones and their personal preferences at the beginning and end of the school year.
Printable by Grant Avenue Design
List all their favorites – career choices, best friends, subjects, food, hobbies, etc. It’s so much fun to look back at these as they get older and see how much things change.
(Warning: this usually brings about a few tears so choose your ‘stroll down memory lane’ moment wisely)
You’ve got this, mommas. Now go snap those great first day pics!