6 Tips for Planning your back to school family photos
Aug 11, 2018 | By: Fusion Photography
Planning Your Family Photos Before Going Back to School
The back-to-school season has arrived, and that means that it is time to plan your family photographs. Taking pictures at the same time each year gives your family a fun way to mark their growth, and you can always use the back-to-school photos as fun gifts for your family and friends. Since this time of year tends to be so hectic that you don’t have much time to plan, you can use these tips to put together a photo shoot that gets everyone in the spirit for memorializing their beautiful smiles.
1. Consider Your Purpose
The purpose of your photo shoot helps you decide how creative you want to get. For instance, you may want to do a more formal back-to-school photo if you plan to distribute it to family members who will hang it on their wall. If your purpose is to show off a major milestone such as the first day of kindergarten, then you can give the photo more flair such as adding balloons and other props.
2. Select a Theme
Themes help to pull family photographs together, and you can have fun choosing the perfect one. While you can always go with the obvious back-to-school theme with crayons and apples in the background, you might want to try something different. For instance, your family could choose a classic fall theme that creates a timeless image that you can use throughout the season. Alternatively, you could pick a theme that shows off your kid’s interests such as a science or outer space backdrop.
3. Have Fun With Props
Photo props can be used to help reinforce your theme, and kids naturally get into a playful spirit when they have something to hold instead of standing awkwardly. Oversized glasses, lunch boxes and favorite books are a few typical props used for back-to-school shoots. However, you can also choose props that hold personal meaning to your family. For instance, a high school band member may want to hold their favorite instrument, or your little kindergartner may want to hold a chalkboard that proclaims their age. Keep in mind that the props should never overtake the photograph. Keep them simple and only include one or two per image to make sure that your child is always the main focus.
4. Pick the Perfect Time
Photo shoots work best when they are planned for the right time of day. For instance, outdoor photographs look best when they are taken in the early or later part of the day when the sunlight is slightly diffused. If you are planning an indoor photo shoot, then you can be flexible with the time. However, you do want to make sure that your kids will be in a good mood so try to plan it for shortly after they’ve had something to eat and are well rested.
5. Choose the Right Outfits
Naturally, the clothing that your family wears makes a big impression in the photograph. For a group photograph, try to choose colors that complement each other, but let each member of the family show off their favorite style. For example, you may all wear white shirts but dads may be a formal button down while moms is a blouse. If you are taking individual photos of your kids, then consider having them pick out several outfits. This allows you to have a photograph taken of them wearing what you prefer, and your older kid can also have a few casual images taken of them wearing their favorite t-shirt and jeans. While it does take a little more time to take several poses, you may even discover that you absolutely love the images where your kid looks comfortable in their daily clothes.
6. Keep the Mood Cheerful
Picture day should always be an exciting day, and your child’s enjoyment of the process shines through in their smile. While it’s normal to be a little stressed out by trying to have their hair just right and their clothing is wrinkle-free, the important thing is to stay relaxed so that your kids don’t pick up on your stress. Have the clothes laid out the night before, and plan something fun to do before and after the photo shoot. This way, you all show up energized and ready to smile for the camera.
Now that everyone is heading back-to-school, you only have a short time left to capture their beautiful smiles. Now that you know how to put together your photo shoot, host a family meeting and tell everyone your ideas on how you plan to take that perfect family photograph.