11 Creative First Day of School Photo Ideas That You’ll Love

First Day of School Photo Ideas

DIY First Day of School Photo Ideas

It’s back to school time and it’s a new realm for me! I’ll officially be a preschool mama. I’m slightly excited that I get to be creative with routine, organization, and documenting my kids’ first moments of school. Optimus Prime, my 4-year-old, will be starting preschool in the next few weeks and part of me wants to roll up in a ball and just cry that he is growing up so fast. It felt like not too long ago, he was learning to crawl. Now, he’s learning to read, can do simple math, and is the wittiest kid I know. Waaa! Okay off my emotional pregnant mommy tangent. In this post, I’ve managed to put together a list of 11 awesome first day of school photo ideas for you!

Our First Day of School Ever and my Huge #momfail

Let’s back up a little so I can explain our journey. When Optimus was 2 years old and 10 months old, I enrolled him in an early learning center. I thought it was the right thing to do at the time. He was smart, he was potty trained, and he met the minimum age for enrollment. He would have an early start to education and be able to socialize as well. While I cringed at the price for early learning, I continued because that’s what my friends did and it worked for them.

Those first weeks were HORRIBLE. I immediately questioned my decision when he cried every time I dropped him off. The staff always ensured that it’s normal and that he would eventually outgrow it. Fast-forward to 2 months in, he still cried at every drop off. He did calm down after about 10 minutes and finally started to participate in class however so I thought we were making progress. Then he caught one of those nasty school-kid colds and we were out for 2 weeks. When we tried to return, we had regressed so much and the crying continued. I felt like such a bad mom for “forcing” him to go to school when he obviously wasn’t ready.

Long story short, I pulled him out of school and we were all much happier.

2 years later, the time has finally come to start preschool and he is more than excited to start. I’ve been on the prowl for ideas to document that first day and I’d love to share with you what I found!

11 Awesome First Day of School Photo Ideas

#1.  Simple Photo with Text Overlay of Favorites and Stats

Take a photo of your child in any setting you wish. You can add text to any photo on many different apps and platforms. If you’d like to add text on your phone, check out SnapSeed, VSCO, and Afterlight. If editing on your computer, try Canva, Photoshop, or Lightroom.

#2. Customized Wood Letter Chalkboard Sign

I love that this can be customized to any letter.

#3. Picture in Picture

Take a picture on their first day of school and then take a pictures on their last day of school holding their previous picture!

#4. Bunting Banner

Banners are becoming super popular lately. This is such a cute way to showcase their grade.

#5. Photo booth Prop

This one definitely takes a little more work but the opportunities for creativity are endless. I saw one made entirely of chalk! So cool.

#6. Vintage Chic Chalkboard Sign

The style is much more to my liking, not my children’s. If that’s important to you, then go for this shabby chic board! I love the blue in this one.

#7. Class of “_” T-shirt

Making a t-shirt is so easy to do. Buy a shirt you think your son will wear by the time he graduates, then put it on him on his first day of each grade and see how he grows into it each year. How fun is that?

#8. Easy 1st Day of School Printables

Printables are becoming a huge thing now where someone else does all the work and you simply just print it our and voila, you have a sign. Just Google “printable back to school signs” and your page will be flooded with choices.

#9. Large Chalkboard Stand

This one is cute to stand beside!

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#10. Reusable wooden signs

I’m loving this option because you can resuse it for multiple kids and multiple years to come! That means, budget-friendly. I’m all for that! Plus, I love the wood look!

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#11. Fan Boards

These are just too cute! Customization is endless and great for any age.

These are my top picks that I’ll be considering for my son’s first day of school. Do you have any other ideas? Share them below!

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8 Comments

  1. I love, love, love these ideas! I do a first day and last day of school photo and could use some new ideas. After three years of doing the same thing it’s gotten a little boring. Now, which one to use this year? It’s going to be a tough choice.

  2. I love these ideas. My favorite and the most budget friendly is the first one. Since I’m sure not to plan ahead to have the necessary frames for my daughter to take photo on her last day of Pre-K and her first day of K. Love love love. Thanks for the idea.

    1. I actually did a chalkboard one for my son this year. It’s super simple but I like it! I’ll have to update the post to show mine 💙

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