Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Back to School Photo Tips

My kids started school last week. My daughter only made it one day before getting sick and she wasn't even faking it! Being the organized mother that I am, I didn't get a chance to take pictures before school. (It might have had something to do with the emergency trip to CVS to pick up cold medicine.) I did however get one shot of my daughter after school. (See the post below) Isn't she cute?

I thought it would be a good time to share a few tips on how to take some good back to school pictures .

-Get your children to stand in some open shade. Under a tree or awning, next to the house or right inside your doorway are usually great spots.

-Do NOT line your kids up in front of a wall, it makes it look like they are lined up in front of a wall. If the wall line up is your only option try having them sit or stand a few feet away to create some dimension. Standing in a doorway or sitting on steps are a great idea.

-Get down to your child(ren)'s level. Unless your kid is one of those teens who out grew you over the summer try sitting or squatting down. It will give you a better perspective on how big your kids actually are.

-Add some props. If your kids ride their bikes to school, try taking their pictures while standing next to or riding their bikes. If they are bus riders, take their picture at the bus stop.

-Get creative. Have fun. And don't stress out. If you don't get great first day back to school pictures, there's always second day back to school pictures! (In my case, third day back to school pictures or as soon as both kids feel better and are back to school pictures.)

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