In my house, we are preparing for the start of school. School supplies, new clothes, planning out our new schedule... I also love to take the popular first day of school pictures. They are great way to commemorate the beginning of a new chapter in your child's life. Here are some of my tips to get a really great shot for your child's first day of school.
Lighting: Natural lighting is a great way to be sure your picture is not too dark. Avoid direct sunlight and instead opt for a shaded area. It helps to avoid squinting eyes and hot spots in the image.
Background: Think of what will be behind your child? Shrubbery or greenery makes a great background. You can also frame your child in with columns on your porch or find a great textured wall to stand in front of.
Posing: If your child has patience (insert eye roll here) you can try and get a selection of poses in. Or if your child is like mine and will only give you a couple shots, I would think ahead of time what your favorites are and start with those. Some poses to try: straight on, 45 degree angle, leaning with one leg on wall, focus on sign (if you have one) with child behind, sitting, and siblings.
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