Friday, August 21, 2015

Freshen Up Your Back to School Photos

Lots of our southern and midwestern friends are back to school already. Left coasters, what about you? Those of us in the northeast still have a few weeks to go, but it's staring everyone down - back to school is coming for you if it hasn't already.

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Thanks to Meredith Braunstein for contacting me about putting a fresh face on back to school photos. She had a good idea and wanted to share it, which I love. Sharing is caring, is it not? Here it is:
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Every year before throwing my kids in the truck on the first day of school, I prop them up against the same old tree in my front yard. This year I said, "I'm over it, I want to try something different." My kids have not even started school yet. Yes, you heard me, they still have two weeks to go. I was tired of the rushing, the complaining, the same old photo year after year. So I grabbed my camera (you can use any phone, iPad, etc.) and headed to my porch. BOOM! Grab some books, find an apple, a little bribery if need be, and there you go. Have fun!! Be creative, be silly, go to a field, anywhere near you and have the kids be kids. Feel free to email me @ brauner76@gmail.com if you'd like ideas, or even to say, HEY, good job. I'm not a photographer, never was, but I had ideas, that's all you need. I did it, you can too!! - Meredith Braunstein
This one is my favorite - SMD

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Are you impressed? I am. Thank you, Meredith, for taking a chance and contacting me, and for being willing to share your ideas. I hope it inspires some others to do the same!

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In the words of Bill Watterson, "Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless." So I hope you get a little of that in this weekend.

Enjoy!

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26 comments:

  1. Those came out great, so adorable. We don't go back till September but planning has already started.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them, I hope your kiddies have a great school year.

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  2. Oh , imagine all of the pictures we could have had if we had cameras at our fingertips years ago! Can't say I miss back to school times! Great idea for your blog. Sharing IS caring. Wishing everyone a carefree weekend!!! Love, your Momma

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  3. OMG how cute are these!! My sister's kids go back next week on Wed...for two days and then have Monday off - it's too funny! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. As you probably saw on FB I did a small first day of school interview and added it to my picture. I want to try to do it every year begining and end until she basically won't answer anymore just to see how the answers change. I think she'll find it interesting as she gets older too.

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  5. aw what fabulous photos! i obviously don't have kids either, and my mum never took 'back to school' photos for us. i love reading about things like this even when they don't directly relate to me because i just love being nosy and seeing how people make their lives easier.
    KC is already back at school, thank Zeus. It's so much easier for me when he is on a schedule!
    have a good weekend :)

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  6. i am totally taking B2S pics of my dog since I don't have kids. i mean, everyone is posting pics of his/her kids, so why not me?

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    1. I say do it, I'll be taking some of our golden doodle soon. :) thanks for reading.

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  7. I wish I was creative enough to take cool pictures like that of anything! lol

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    1. If I can do it, you can too! Thank you for responding to the blog. :)

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  8. I love when people share things with me that tech me a thing or two. I know nothing about getting kids back to school either! but toally down for a dog back to school photo shoot.

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  9. I totally wish I took photos like that when I was going back to school. Such a nice thing to have. I don't think my Mom ever took back to school photos of us. Boo.

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  10. I remember my mom always taking pictures of me every 1st day... but now, its a whole other ball game :)

    I saw a post from a mom that said, "I sent my kid off to school without a picture because I don't own a chalkboard #momfail" haha Made me laugh

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  11. kids will be kids for sure...I agree the photos probably come out cuter when they're not staged.

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  12. I love the idea and the concept but let's face it, when it comes to kid pictures I am a huge underachiever. We're lucky if I can get the child ready for school with enough time to take a picture, never mind setting aside a time for a photo shoot in the days before. So hurried, same pose in front of the same door it is!

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  13. Those photos are too cute! Growing up in the northeast, I'm always so surprised every year by how early the kids go back to school down here in the south. We didn't go back to school up there until Labor Day :-P

    Happy Friday! <3

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  14. Aww these pictures are adorable - love the inclusion of the apples!

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  15. Love the apple & chalkboard. Since I can never count on my son to want his picture taken when I want to take them (i.e., the first day of school) and since I don't want to be rushed the first day of school, I plan to take something the weekend before with no props, but in front of the white garage door. That was my trick for taking Halloween photos as well. Do it before trick or treating begins (and when it's still light out).

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    1. It was so much easier this year, you do not need any props. :) your idea sounds great. Thanks for reading...

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  16. What cute pictures!!!! All my nieces and nephews started back to school late last week and they are all so cute in their first day pictures! I know my sister and I have a few pictures throughout the years that I totally need to dig back up! I love how creative everyone gets now with the chalkboards and stuff saying what year it is because we have to guess with ours!

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  17. I am noticing a lot of back to school posts, but I love them! Your photos are lovely, and good luck on their first day of school!

    xoxo,
    Abby
    www.thefrugalblogger.net

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, that means a lot. :) xo

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  18. These are so cute! I don't have kids but back to school is such an exciting time!

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