Today was the first day of school for my kiddos – the perfect time to try out some of the tips from Rebecca Cooper’s new photography e-book from Ella Publishing.
My first day of school pics are typically pretty mediocre, but thanks to Rebecca, I was much more conscious today of lighting, background, & perspective.
Here are a few of my favorites.
The requisite ‘front door shot’…only this year I remembered to have them step forward, out of that annoying slice of sunlight that’s usually across someone’s face.
New school shoes are a very big deal around here, so I had to document that.
…and Reece in his super cool Ecko sneakers. Notice he already has a slightly scuffed toe, and he has been wearing them for 10 minutes.
This was a first for me, shooting up the front steps of the school. (ETA: Shooting the photo from below the steps...I was not shooting up the school!) Love it! This may become our new traditional shot. Much more interesting than that front door.
This one just warms my heart. Can I get a collective “Awwwww”? Big brother leading little sis by the hand on her first day at “big school”. Sheesh, I’m getting all teary again.
I had my camera zoomed in and focused, and called Reece’s name while he was waiting for his classroom door to open. I snapped this photo in just the instant he looked up, before he could go all goofy 4th grader on me. This is one of those ‘glimpse into the future’ photos, I think. He looks so grown up!
And finally, a detail shot of the backpacks. As nostalgic as I am about my elementary school lunchboxes and fashion trends, I’m sure Reece will one day appreciate a record of what constituted a cool backpack, circa 2009.
What would the first day of school be without a pop quiz? I’ll leave you with the page I did yesterday, amongst the madness and mayhem of back to school preparations, using the fab quizzes & sketches download from Ella Publishing. I printed & cut out the journaling spots in the morning, and had Reece fill in the details just before dinner. Once the kids were in bed, in between a last minute grocery store run for paper lunch bags, and baking my traditional back to school school brownies, I threw this page together. With minimal brain power, I was able to complete it in less than 30 minutes, including the time I spent obsessing over whether my circles were even. (That top right one is not, but I'm mostly over it now.)
I’m thinking I’m going to swap that photo for the one of him in the hat from this morning…since he mentions his hats being the coolest thing about him.