Getting back to school memories doesn’t have to break the bank. A printable sheet with the grade and a few other fun facts about the child, a DIY photo booth and a bit of creativity can get you cherished images, at a fraction of the p
rice of a formal photo session. Wondering how you can create back to school photos at-home for less? Here are some tips:
Get a Backdrop
Wrapping paper, open end of the roll taped up on the wall with a chair placed in front can give you an easy way to create fun back to school shots at-home. Check Winners/Homesense for wrapping paper because there are fun prints (like the mustache one we found) and it’s thick, high quality wrapping paper for $3.99-4.99/roll. Tape it up against a wall, avoid windows, to avoid the sun coming through. Avoid shiny papers or papers with a sheen.
Tip: roll it back up when you’re finished and re-use it
Where Should You Set Up?
Where should you place it? If you’re going to be taking the back to school shots indoors, make sure you place it near a window so the sun is behind, or to the side of you. Experiment with your camera to find the best place before you start. Don’t use the flash on your camera.
We had a fun photo prop kit that Olivia received for her birthday, so we brought out a few of the fun props from the kit. You can easily browse pinterest to find fun photo prop printables, print them at-home and attach them to your favorite straws to create reusable photo props that can come out season and season.
Think Back to School
You can create memories with a chalk board sign, the back to school outfit or the books that the child has read that summer. There are so many ways that you can document back to school and hundreds of photos you can use as inspiration.
Timing is Everything
Make sure that the kids are going to be in a good mood when it’s time to get the photos. Right after breakfast, the kids around here are crazy to get outside, so I avoided that time and snapped the pics right before the kids ate in the morning. Find a ‘happy time’ at your house to snap the pictures.
Bring it Outside
Have a fence outside? Capture some images in the backyard after dinner for some great light. Just make sure that the sun isn’t shining towards you while you’re capturing the images at-home. Take a few test photos to make sure. Get the kids outside, engage them, give them something to do and don’t make them smile at the camera every single time. Giving them something to explore or play with can capture some great back to school shots, on the cheap.
What are some of your own back to school traditions?