Fun and Funky Ideas for First Day of School Photos

Jill Holtz

August 15, 2019

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Heading to school for the first time or going back to school each year is always a milestone – and a fantastic picture opportunity for proud parents too. There are some brilliant ways to hold a first day of school photoshoot – here are some fun and funky ideas for first day of school photos:

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For first day back at school in our house, we always take pictures of the kids in their uniforms on the doorstep with their schoolbags on their back, but some of these ideas are really great if you’re looking for something more creative!

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Brilliant Ideas for First Day Of School Photos

#1. Chalk the Details

Use colourful chalks to write the year, class and teacher’s name out on the pavement like this cute example one parent showed off.

#2. Take Their Photo With a Parent

I love this idea from dad John who has his picture taken with his son every year so he has the sequence then.

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#3. Last Year’s Pic

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Show your child holding a picture from last year, great way to show the changes in a year. Some parents also do last day of school pics to go with the first day of school, but I like this idea from How Does She where you have your child’s last year photo in a frame for them to hold for this year’s photo.

#4. Use a Letter Board

Isn’t this a nice first day of school photo idea? Use a letter board and then add a quote or something about your child to the board too.

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#5. A Simple Printed Sheet

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#6. With Siblings

Taking your child’s picture with their siblings as well as by themselves makes for a nice series. I love this idea from Pinterest, with the older sister holding the younger sibling’s 1st day sign.

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#7. Glass Door Photo

If you have a glass door then you could use markers to decorate it with their year and details and take the photo through the glass like this parent did.

#8. Write Out Their Class and Year

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Write out the number for their class and the year or have your child write it to practice their handwriting like mum Kate had with her child on

#9. Sit Siblings on Steps

Isn’t this a clever idea? Sit all the siblings on a set of steps and chalk their class on their step with the year at the bottom.

#10. Life Sized Ruler

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For a really cool reusable school photo prop, you could create a life sized ruler like Mum Erin did. Find the instructions on creating this on

#11. Chalk Board

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A simple but very effective ideas is to get a chalk board that you use each year to put their class and year on and then get them to hold it. Why not have your child come up with a creative pose each year?

#12. Favourite Book

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For the book loving child, you could take their first day of school photo with their current favourite book – that would make a nice series to look back over when they finally leave school.

This mum was very creative with her daughter’s first day of school pic, using a set of broken sunglasses to make a fun prop along with a Dr Seuss book.

#13. First Day Balloon

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For something a bit different, how about this idea from The Idea Room to use a black balloon with white marker to write the details for that year.

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Tips for Taking First Day of School Photos

Take the photo the day before

Rather than trying to rush photos on the actual first day of school, take them the day before! It’s less stressful and your child can have a final try on of their uniform or chosen clothes.

Allow plenty of time

If you do decide to take the photos on the first day of school, give yourself time. It’s nice to have time to try out different poses and let your child be creative too.

If staging, have all your props ready

Organise your props in advance, write out or create your signs and have them ready.

Bribing works!

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of bribery…

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Have your say! Have you done anything creative for your child’s first day of school photos? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

Fun and Funky Ideas for First Day Of School Photos

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Published On: August 15th, 2019 / Categories: School / Last Updated: April 5th, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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