Picture Perfect: How To Capture Those "must have shots" On The First Day of School
Your child's first day of school is definitely a milestone in their life... and YOURS! It's an exciting day and emotions can run high. Here are a few tips and how to enjoy the momentous occasion while capturing it all with your camera.
Make it FUN. Instead of asking your child to pose and smile, involve them in the actual picture-taking process to bring out their natural emotions and expressions. Here's how:
- Ask them to show you their new school supplies. Most kids will LOVE to show them off, and this will allow you to capture some fantastic "detail" shots.
- Ask them how they are feeling... excited, nervous, happy? You'll get a lot of great, natural expressions from your child instead of a fake, "say cheese" smile.
- Ask them to help create a sign to hold, showing the grade they are going into. If your child can't write yet, you can always write the words in pencil and ask them to trace them, or even simply ask your child to help decorate the sign in their own creative way.
Remember the DETAILS. What makes your child unique at this moment in time? From favorite characters they identify with (found on t-shirts and backpacks) to the sweet gestures they make, remember to capture the details so you can look back and say, "I remember when..." Here are a few ideas of what to look for:
- Details of new school supplies (backpack, pencil box, folders, etc.).
- New clothes, shoes, and even cute hair accessories.
- Packing their lunch (bonus points if you include a personal note to them).
- A close-up of their grin, whether huge and silly or shy and hesitant.
- Any special toys, trinkets or other items of "security" they will carry with them.
Enjoy the EXPERIENCE. If possible, take as many of these pictures the day (or night) before. Here's why:
- On the big day, emotions will be running high for both you and your child, and it might be more difficult for your child to relax and focus on heavy-duty picture taking.
- Taking pre-planned images the day before will allow you to simply capture the moments as they happen on the actual first day of school without seeing it all happen through the viewfinder on your camera.
- Taking pictures the night before not only allows you to get more creative with your images (as you'll have more time to play with them), but gives you a chance to spend some time celebrating the milestone with your child instead of having to rush through it all.
- On the actual first day of school, you can throw your camera into "auto" mode and capture the moments as they happen, secure in the knowledge that you've already captured all those "must-have" shots and don't need to race the clock for a fantastic photo-shoot.
So get ready to break out your camera and capture it all. And remember... it's real life. It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.
written by Michelle Carrillo, The Suitcase Studio
for Saige Nicole's baby and toddler boutique
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