Great first day of school pictures are a special tradition each year for back to school. Getting a fun first day picture that can be repeated each year shows the amazing growth and maturity of children who just grow so quickly! We have the best first day of school picture ideas to make sure YOUR child’s picture is awesome this year.

Pictures For The First Day Of School- Girl holding last years photo, boy holding pre-k sign- sister and brother taking side by side photos together, photo shopped first day of school photo, photo of child walking into school
Oh the cuteness of the first day of school pictures!

Kids Picture Ideas to Cherish

I’ll never forget that first day back to school, posing for my mom with my new backpack and special outfit, waiting for the bus.  Here at Kids Activities Blog we’ve put together an awesome round up of super cute first day of school photo ideas and great ideas for back to school pics.  

Don’t Overthink First Day of School Pictures

Great ideas don’t have to be elaborate. Let’s just start this whole first day of school picture conversation there! You are going to be busy and rushing around on grabbing school supplies, dressing in school uniforms, putting on the school shirt or picking out that all important first day outfit, packing backpacks and school lunch boxes and rushing to the school bus stop.

First Day of School Pictures Made Easy

So let’s make this first day of school picture easy! With just a tiny bit of planning, taking a quick strategic shot or two…or 10 can fit into that back to school morning with ease.

You will have the first day of school picture you want on your phone, print and add to your scrapbook, upload to make a photo book, add it to a memory photo app and definitely post it to your social media in a safe and less detail-y way. Your Instagram feed is going to be CUTE!

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First Day of School Picture Ideas

1. Hold Last Year’s First Day of School Picture

I love this great idea of the holding a photo from last year by How Does She, kids change so much! It reminds me a little of the photos in the beginning of the TV Show, Modern Family. And this could literally be taken by the front door or on the front porch!

2. Chalkboard Milestones

Little chalkboards with the grades written on them like these from Simple Little Home make for a super cute first day shot – what fun! There are a huge assortment of chalkboards you could use for this idea that fit your style.

3. From Big to Litte

Have a few kids?  Lining them up by height  makes for a great photo and will be looked back on fondly any time of the year. What a cute picture!

4. Printable Grade Signs as Photo Props

These free printable grade signs are a great way to capture that first day. The first day of school signs have the different grade levels and are adorable. Oh, and did we mention they are super easy and a fun way to get a great first day pic without fuss.

5. Wardrobe Stays the Same

How about dressing  your kids in the same thing for the first and last day of school?  I love this idea by Buzzmills.

6. First Day of School Photo App

Use a photo editing app to add special details about your little one like this one from Perfect Corp. Photo apps make taking special pictures so easy and adding details. Remember in the olden days when a scrapbook page of that detail would take literally days of work and about $100 of scrapbook supplies!

7. Let them Speak Their Mind in Chalk

Chalkboard bubbles are another way to get your kiddos interests in the photo. Maybe let them speak their minds? Unless they are in high school…maybe you should write what they think {giggle}.

8. Candid Camera on the First Day of School

How about  catching some candid shots at school?  Simple as That has tons of great tips for professional quality first day photos. Start before the first day of school with school shopping, buying a new back pack, brushing teeth, eating breakfast, packing lunch, waiting for the school bus…oh the cuteness!

Pictures for the first day of school- boy holding and smiling with preschool sign, chalk sign, school bus picture frame, black chalk decorated frames
First day of school pictures never looked better!

9. Free Printable Grade Signs

I Heart Nap Time has a great set of free printable grade signs. The first day of school signs are easy to print and pull out quickly on the first day of Kindergarten, first day of 1st grade, first day of 2nd grade…you get the picture! <–get it? You GET the picture.

10. Over-sized Printable Signs for Fun

I also love these over-sized free printable signs by Goober Monkey. These BIG first day of school signs will go well with the oversized nature of a new back pack for preschoolers and Kindergartners. I always worry they are just going to fall backward under all that weight.

11. Sidewalk Chalk Journal

Writing out the grade in sidewalk chalk makes for a very cute photo like this one by School Time Snippets. Celebrating the new year of school with whatever is on your mind.

12. Back to School Photo Checklist

Want to make sure you’ve got all the special back to school moments? Check out this photo checklist by Simple as That. You won’t miss anything important on the first day of school…even the school bus!

13. Back to School Photo Props

Here are some great ideas for first day of school and last day of school pictures with photo props. There are so many cute ones ranging from big colorful school supplies, to grade signs, chalkboard sign, favorite books, places to add kids name and so much more.

14. Display First Day Photos in Handmade Frames for Back to School

With these great ideas I just know your first day of school photos are going to be extra special!

Looking for more back to school inspiration?  Check out Over 30 Great Back to School Printables!

Want More Back To School Ideas?

What are your favorite first day of school pictures? What back to school picture ideas should we include?

Happy first day of school!

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