Oh, first day of school photos. Insert a huge sigh here. So many ways to do them….or to not do them. Do not look up first day of school photos on Pinterest. Especially after you’ve already taken them. Just sayin’. Makes me feel like a slacker mom. Pinterest is good for that. But hey…I shoved my kids out the door…I’m feeling pretty good about that. And if you get photos of your kids before they catch the bus….I’d say you’re super mom! Mine just walk back in the door and it doesn’t matter if we’re a minute or two late. (You can substitute dad for mom if you’re the dad…I just write mom because I’m the one writing this.) And if you don’t take first day photos of your kids….there’s no shame in that. We all have our thing and our own traditions. (Bummer it all…that reminds me I need to take the photo of the kids with their dad by the aspen tree before I forget another year!)
For being a hobby photographer, it’s slightly disappointing that I don’t take better photos of my kids’ first day of school. I’ve got nothing creative going on and my photos aren’t even that well taken. But for being a mom, I’m pretty darn proud that I push the kids out the door and make them stand in the driveway every year to take a photo. And we’ve been fairly consistent in how we take the photo. Someday the kids will thank me…at least that’s what I tell myself. Well, someday I’ll thank me. You can tell when my son is not at all too pleased about it (second and third grade…hmmm). I just ask them for 4 photos. Just 4 each. 2 individuals and 2 group photos. They each get an individual vertical and horizontal. And bummer it all…my son’s vertical one turned out blurry this year. Oh well. At least I got one decent horizontal one. Just ignore the sun spots. And when I say I only take two photos….I only take two. Hence…a blurry one. At least he was pretty happy about taking photos this year.
While the kids eat breakfast I quickly write up the chalkboard sign. Then right before school starts I push them out the door to get a shot in the driveway. I don’t worry about lighting conditions. Obviously. Apparently I don’t worry about what the kids wear or how they do their hair. I’m pretty hands off when it comes to the kids picking their own clothes and doing their hair…as long as it’s appropriate. I asked my son to comb his hair this year and his reply was, “I don’t usually, so do I have to?” Okay, he got me on that one. I guess we’ll make these first day photos realistic. Forget combing the hair. Let the kids dress themselves. Oh, this is our third year of homeschooling. They can’t wear their jammies to school (what?!), but hair combing is optional. I sometimes wear my jammies to school, because I’m the mommy/teacher and I can do what I want to. (Sing it!)
It’s nice and slightly tear inducing to see the kids photos from the past years. Seriously…why do they have to grow up so fast? Dude…fifth grade? How did that happen? Just yesterday you were just the tiny 5 pound baby who would sleep on my chest. Now you’re in fifth grade!
It’s also interesting to see my photos. Whoa…batman…who over photoshopped the kindergarten girl?! Warm photo in 2104 and cool one in 2015. I am all over the board with my photos. Baby girl….You’re still as cute as ever. Stop growing up so fast. It’s lovely to see your progression past pink, though pink is still a great color on you.
I’ve progressed to a “Let It Go” attitude with my photos. I didn’t photoshop the photo from this year in the collage. No combing hair = no photoshop. Oh…I just want to squeeze the cheeks of that little girl with the bear. *sniff, sniff* And that smile on the boy…melt a mama’s heart. *sniff, sniff*
So, first day of school pictures? What did you have going or what do you have going? We’ve done three days of school so far and I haven’t shut the kids in the room yet because they’re driving me crazy. I’d say that’s success! Honestly, though, I love being able to homeschool them and spend time with them. It’s been a precious time with them to see them grow and develop. I’m super crazy busy and barely have time to do photos and other things, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Photos and other stuff can wait, my babies are growing up way too fast! How do I have a fifth grader? Wasn’t he just going to preschool last year?