First Day of School Photo Ideas

By Shannon |

As mamas, we get so excited seeing milestone firsts. The first time an infant rolls over. The first tooth. The first step. Our family has hit another first and, for me, it is the hardest thus far because it means that a phase of our life has come to an end. Wednesday, preschool girl officially became Kindergarten girl.

When Kindergarten girl was born, we did not have a great camera and I feel I missed many great photo opportunities. Or, if I did catch them, they were blurry. My husband might maintain I’ve been trying to make up for that ever since. He’s probably right. The first day of school was no exception. Now you know as well I do that the first place you turn these days for inspiration on just about any topic is Pinterest. So I did that and found a lot of great ideas. (See my complete Back to School Pinterest board.)

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A Back to School Photo Checklist (Credit: SimpleAsThatBlog.com)
A Back to School Photo Checklist (Credit: SimpleAsThatBlog.com)
Chalk It Up (Credit BlueCricketDesign.net)
Chalk It Up (Credit BlueCricketDesign.net)
Chalkboard Sign (Credit: BananaCupcakesBlog)
Chalkboard Sign (Credit: BananaCupcakesBlog)
First & Last Day of School (Credit: DixieDelights.Blogpot.com)
First & Last Day of School (Credit: DixieDelights.Blogpot.com)
Save the Date (Credit: LauraWinslowPhotography.com)
Save the Date (Credit: LauraWinslowPhotography.com)
Scrapbook Page (Credit ScrapbooksEtc.com)
Scrapbook Page (Credit ScrapbooksEtc.com)
This Year's Favorites Favorites (Credit: MissZoot.com)
This Year's Favorites Favorites (Credit: MissZoot.com)

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But I wasn’t quite satisfied with just one photo to commemorate the day. I wish I could remember where to give credit, but I was reading a memoir from a mother whose children were grown and she was sad that she only had snapshots. It made her heart heavy that she could not remember the “small” things about the memorable days. For example, what did they eat for breakfast, who was there, what did the teacher look like?

These statements, combined with my own quest to make up for missed infant photos resulted in a slew of photos from our day that I’ve turned into a collage.

Using picmonkey.com, I easily turned a day’s worth of photos into a greater memory of Kindergarten girl’s first day of school. Looking at this a decade from now, I will remember how tired she was from the all too short summer. I will remember how we made The Pioneer Woman’s egg-in-a-hole for breakfast. I will remember that Daddy could not be here, but called to wish her well. I will remember that on her first day of Kindergarten, she tied her own shoes. I will remember how toddler boy made her laugh. I will remember how BIG the hallway seemed. I will remember her first piece of artwork. I will remember that she became a Panda (the school mascot). And I will remember the surrogate mother and teacher who will now love her and teach her just as I’ve done for the past many years. Sniff. Sniff.

Shannon

Shannon

A former higher education administrator and teacher, Shannon is a stay- at-home mom to a two-year-old boy and four-year-old girl. She is currently recovering from a year of "single parenthood" while her husband, an active-duty Air Force member, was deployed to the Middle East. She is a lover of food and all things crafty. During the last season of The Oprah Show, Ms. Winfrey selected her as a Martha Stewart "ultimate fan" and flew her to Chicago for the taping of Ms. Stewart's final appearance on the program.

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    I make some amazing fun “school rocks” dresses and shirts for great first day photos or even the yearly photos. You can make it your own by choosing your own color of soft chiffon ruffles you would like on the dress. :))

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    KateKate

    These are all great! I adore the sweet collage you made, too. I can’t believe she’s in Kindergarten!! :)

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    Christy

    I love the “This Year’s Favorites.” Cataloging her favorite things as she grows is like a mini time capsule she can enjoy for years to come.

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    Erica

    Love the photos, Shannon! I usually have Liv holding up a sign with her name, date, name of school and teacher, and class of (year), but I love this collage you made. Very creative! When did Miss J get so big? I hope she had a wonderful first day!

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    Natalie

    I loved reading your ideas to make this special event a time you will remember always. The picture collage is precious!

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    Thanks for linking my picture!! That is still to this day one of my favorite pictures of Brady.

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