Maybe your child is excited and tells everyone she meets that she’s starting school. Maybe he’s a bundle of nerves and can’t really talk about it. However they’re feeling, we parents are the memory makers in our families. It can be a tough moment to photograph, so I’ve got some hints and tips to get you going, along with lots of examples.
But you know how they’re just so ready to go to school? And at first you can’t believe how independent they’ve become, because, in your mind’s eye they’re still a constantly feeding, squawking creature, screaming “SNACKS” at you every 5 seconds. And by the time summer starts you think “hmm, yes, school seems a good idea.” By the end of the summer you’re probably more ready than they are… (that is as long as you’ve not been ironing the school shirts… click here for a link to a great Mumsnet thread.) My own little darling has become wonderfully fiesty, fighty yet so needy and regressive, but this is all normal right?!! GULP!
- Start small. The little things as they get dressed, like putting on socks and struggling to fasten buttons help to tell a story of what’s happening. They probably won’t be able to do this on their own, so if you have any older children lurking in your house be sure to make them help the little one. Trust me, it looks great.
- If you have more than one child, and you want to capture moments together, you will have to work quite quickly. Wrestling on the ground is not nearly as cute and putting their socks on together.
- Find a part of your home that you can photograph from a slight distance, such as a doorway. Your child will look small against a large structure, and it’ll get you right in the feels.
- Children walking to school and holding hands with an adult is very cute, and can give a sense of embarking on a new adventure. If there are two parents dropping a child off, this is one I recommend.
- Any hugs and reassuring moments in the family should absolutely be captured!
I’d love to see your starting school pictures. Share them in the comments below!
Lastly, well done Mama, you got this, you’ve made it through, now whatever happens don’t forget the sugar pick up for those hungry little squawkers at school pick up!
Love Kika x