On the first day of school, make sure you take a photo of your child before they leave the house. On the last day of school, take a photo also so you can see how much they have progressed physically as well as educationally!
You will be amazed at the changes.
By Jani49 from Sedalia, MO
Personally, if I had a child in school, I would use this idea rather than purchasing school pictures, which are totally a ripoff! After all, what are school pictures? They're just pictures taken at the school. Dress the child up, find a nice background, and take the photo yourself.
This is a BRILLIANT idea for anybody to try!
My mum did this for my brother when he started school at the age of four, and when he finally left school at 18. The difference of those 14 years was incredable. He had grown from (pretty much) a baby to a fine young man.
Also, totally agree with this instead of school pics. My mum didn't buy most of them, I don't feel like I left out on anything. This way I have pictures of me every new school year, with my parents in them. Far better than a posed picture costing tons more!
School photos are a rip off. As a professional photographer I refuse to buy them. I do relent and purchase the class photo even though I take my own at the end of year picnic. I just remember how much I enjoy looking back on my elementary class photos. With digital cameras the way they are these days, ANYONE can take a great shot whether using manual or auto mode. As for your first day of school photos, for kindergarten, I take one getting on the bus as well. After that, I find a great place on our porch or yard and use the same spot each year. We take pictures every school year that way. At the end of the school year, we're back again. You really can see how your child has grown in one school year. Especially 5th grade! Huge changes there.
Use your own backdrops; flower beds, furniture, etc. Anything is better than the splotchy backdrop school photographers use and then charge you a fortune for! And for you scrapbookers, don't forget to look for the "signs". When my daughter graduated from 5th grade, her elementary school worded "Farewell 5th Graders" on the school sign. I took a photo and it is a touching reminder of her last days of elementary school!
On our son's first day of school in kindergarten, we took a picture of him while he was getting on the school bus with our 35mm camera (before digital cameras). And we took another picture of him when he stepped off the bus on his last day of high school. We have an ongoing family tradition. Every year on or near the date of his birthday, he draws a small sign with his age written on it and asks someone to take his picture. He emailed his birthday photo home to us while he was deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
My kids are now grown and out of college but I always took a picture of them the very first day of school every year - starting with preschool right through till there last day of sr. high. I have a picture also of them getting off the bus from kindergarten and getting off the bus from sr. high (lucky for them they were the last ones off the bus).
I never liked school pictures. I had their pictures taken at Christmas and their May birthdays - school pictures rarely look good anyway. The only time I got school pictures was there graduation pictures and those were not done at school although they were rather expensive too.
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