Hi! It’s Meg from Snap Happy Mom, with a post about the three pictures you must take on the last day of school. There are always plenty of photos taken at the beginning of the school year, but I think the end of the year is just as important! This is the chance for you to document the fun and memories, now that the year is over!
These are the three types of photos you should be sure to get on the last day of school. Of course, you could take these anytime in the last month of school, but there is something just so exciting about that last day for kids that I love to capturing on camera!
1. The Teacher Shot
The most important memory you photograph on the last day is probably your child with their favorite teacher. This is the last day of school, and it marks the end of that school year- they will never be in that grade again with that teacher. Make sure you get a good portrait of the two of them together!
I’d suggest trying to get this picture before school, unless the teacher asks for something different. I just wouldn’t want to miss this shot for any reason! Take the picture wherever you get a chance- in the classroom is an obvious choice, but it could also be on the playground, waiting in line, or outside the school. Just make sure your child gives them a big hug and a thank you when you take the picture!
2. The Friends Shot
Your child makes all kinds of friends during the school year: friends in their class, buddies in line, seat mates on the bus, playmates at recess and more! And next year, those little friendships will change as life changes!
So try to document the friendships that really define this school year. Maybe you take a quick picture of the kids you carpool with, or a best buds photo at lunchtime. Who are the kids that you hear about daily? Try to record that friendship, because you never know what will be different next year.
3. The Celebration Shot
I think the last day of school calls for a celebration shot! It’s exhilarating to be done with the homework and classes and have a wide open summer in front of you! There are so many emotions on that day- what picture can you take to show that emotion?
This picture can be as unique as your child! Maybe they jump for joy that school is over. Maybe they hold a up a sign that says “I did it!” Maybe they just have a satisfied smile that second grade is over. Whatever it is, celebrate the last day of school as a big milestone, because it truly is.
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These are such cute ideas, thanks Meg! Be sure to check out Snap Happy Mom for more great photo tips!
Be sure to print out these Last Day of School Chalkboards to use in your photos! There is one for each grade, from Preschool & Pre-K through High School.
And if you need ideas for summer, check out these 100 fabulous ideas!!
Meg is passionate about teaching moms how to use their own cameras! She believes families should have professional photos taken each year, but wants mothers to have the skills and confidence to photograph the candid moments that happen all year long! Meg’s blog, Snap Happy Mom, offers tips and tutorials for all the things moms want to know about photography, including how to get your children to smile naturally, and how to choose a camera and learn how to use it. Meg has three adorable children at home, and works as a photographer in Arizona.