First Day of School Photos
Often as parents we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. I know I do! But let’s face it – you can’t be fun, energetic, creative, thrifty, artistic, etc… in every area of your life. When my oldest son started preschool two years ago I decided that this was one thing I wasn’t going to stress about, and so we snapped a quick photo before he headed out the door and called it a day. Granted I wasn’t blogging then, but I’m not at all sorry that my kids’ first day of school photos aren’t going to be “pinable” works of art that I plan on displaying at their weddings (or “instagramable” or whatever…). Instead, I came up with a plan that met my first day of school photo requirements, which are that it be a) cheap b) easy c) not something I’ll care about if my kid doesn’t smile nicely and d) quick (because you shouldn’t be late on your first day of school).
First I made a sign for him to hold while he stood by our back door and took a photo with that. Not very scenic, but at least he’s smiling nicely (believe me, that is a small miracle).
Next I had my husband take a photo of me holding his arms. That’s because one of my favorite photos of the two of us together was taken when he was a little baby and I was holding his arms to help him stand up. My plan is to keep on taking photos of me holding his arms up, assuming that at some point in time I’ll be standing on a chair, or he’ll be holding my arms up, or something ridiculous like that. Alternately he could start sneaking out the other door when I’m not looking, in which case my whole plan will be foiled.
See! Low pressure. Related to a fun family memory. A tradition that will get sillier as the years go on. Am I going to impress anyone else with my creativity? No. Do my kids know I love them? Yes. I call that I win.
That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy other people’s creative first day photos (my point, if you missed it, is that I don’t feel like a bad mom just because my photos aren’t fabulous). If you have a child starting school and want some ideas about fun ways to stage a photo (and you’re willing to do a bit more work than I am… and have a child who knows how to smile nicely for a picture), make sure to come back for tomorrow’s post. Or, check out this post from last year on first day traditions.