3 Tips for First Day of School Photos

It's that time of year again! As we head into the first day of school we have a lot on our minds: school supplies, schedules, gear, etc. Let us help make your first morning of school a breeze with the following tips for first day of school photos using your DSLR in manual mode.

1. Find the shade outside. Position your kiddos somewhere outside with diffused light (shade) so that the light is even on their faces and cute, back-to-school gear! Try under a tree or on the side of the house that is blocking out direct sun.

2. Give them something to hold. Kids can be so fidgety and it's hard for them to stand still on such an exciting day! Try having them hold their lunch box or a simple prop like a word board. This gives them something to do and makes it easier to grab a picture.

3. Pull them out from the background. We all love the blurred back ground effect in our portrait photos! Achieve this look by pulling your subject out from the background (i.e. side of the house or garage).

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by Kindred Photography Workshops

BONUS TIP:  If you have time, step outside a few moments before taking photos and select your settings in the location of your choosing. That way you're ready to shoot the moment the kids are in place!  For morning light in a diffused area, try starting here: ISO 200, SS 800, f2.5. If you test shot with these settings and it's too dark, increase your ISO.  If you test shot with these settings and it's too bright, increase your shutter speed. 
3 Tips for First Day of School Photos using your DSLR by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos using your DSLR by Kindred Photography Workshops

Whether you're homeschooling or public school or Mother's Day Out, we wish you happy beginnings for a new school year!

With Love,

Angela + Kacey