The Traveling Sisterhood: #BackToSchool Photo Op Ideas and Goodies to Make the Day a Blast!

Tuesday, August 4

#BackToSchool Photo Op Ideas and Goodies to Make the Day a Blast!

It’s that time of year again – time to go back to school!  Whether you're sending your kiddos off to a brick and mortar school or you're a homeschooling mom, it can actually be very easy to make that first day of school something special.  While using my Google-fu skills and pinning photos to my Back to School Board on Pinterest, I became so inspired!  I love taking a first day of school photo, and I really like the idea of making some special little gifts for my kiddos that they can discover throughout the day.  At the bottom of the post, you'll see a collage of some of my favorite ideas for those.  But first, the back to school photos!

DIY Chalkboard Photos
We've all seen the chalkboard photos, and here's ours: simple and sweet.  These aren't real chalkboards, they're simply printed cardstock we got from the Hallmark store.  My handwriting is little more than chicken scratch but if yours isn't, you could easily make these yourself by writing on black construction paper mounted on cardboard.  My littles were so cute and so excited to start the school year!  This year, we'll be starting late--we're moving into our dreamhouse in August.  Woohoo! And we'll even have a classroom!  Once we do start back up after Labor Day, I'm going to let the kiddos each choose what style they'd like for their Back to School Photo Shoot from the other great ideas in this post.  That way, each photo will be totally unique and totally them!

Vintage Photos
I really like the old-fashioned feel of these photos.  These photographers have some amazing skills, but I know we could do something just as awesome!  I'm crossing my fingers that one of my daughters will choose this style of back-to-school photo.  As far as props go, if you don't have these kinds of things around the house I've actually seen a lot of similar items from the dollar store and thrift stores--especially the antique looking frames, floral items, and decor.
First day of school photo ideas - Educents Blog

Traditional Photos
These just magnify "Back to School", don't they?  They remind me of my own first day of school photos, standing on the front porch or walking up to the school bus.  It makes me want to dig out the old photo albums and get some inspiration from yesteryear.
First day of school photo ideas - Educents Blog

Artsy Photos
Personally, I want my kiddos faces in their back-to-school pics but these photos are super cute and I think I'd especially like to use them if I was making a collage, combining them with photos of my student's smiling face.

First day of school photo ideas - Educents Blog

Lunch Box Goodies and Gift Ideas
Before I started searching for Back-to-School photo ideas, I never even imagined making my kiddos these type of goodies.  But now that I see there are so many that exist and now that my own creative juices are flowing, I am so excited to fill their desks with some of these on the first day of school!

First day of school gift ideas - Educents Blog


  1. All very cute and creative photos.

  2. the photos are totally adorable