40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

I’m a big fan of traditions, and using photography as one of the way to mark or celebrate them. One of my favorites is back-to school-photos. They can be done professionally, by a friend who likes photography, or even just snapshots you take yourself to mark this point in time. To reflect and celebrate your child as they are today. And, to capture some of that first day of school excitement!

One photo of your kid is great – it’s the cornerstone. But if you are looking to capture and portray a more complete picture of this special time in your children’s life, or if you are looking for some creative ideas, use this free printable as guideline.

Please use this as just an idea-generator. You’ll note that I call it “ideas” not a “checklist”. That’s b/c almost nobody (including me) is going to do all of them. So, don’t look at the list and think that you need to take them all, or take them all on the first day. Pick your 10 favorites and just do those, and spread them out over the first week. Or, do them all at once if that’s more your style. Whatever is helpful and fun for you.

Looking for some great ideas for back to school photos? Here is a free printable:

BTS-40-ideas-Natascha-Lee-Studios

 

Looking to for a black and white version that won’t use much of your printer ink? Here’s another version:

40 ideas for back to school photos - free printableBTW, a while back I wrote an article for  Colorado Parent Magazine  on “Tops Tips for Unique First-Day Back to School Photos of your Kids” You can see that article and my photos here, and check out page 11 to read: “8 Pro Tips for Unique First Day Back to School Photos”.

(Note: This is a repost from 1 year ago. I had a request to share it again, so here it is.)

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Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video (TBT)

I just love videos for explaining concepts or doing product reviews. Here’s a quick explainer video for what it’s like to work with me:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

If you are looking for family portraits, that video gives you a super quick overview of me, the kind of photos I create, and my style.

Below are a few more key links that people like to have, when they are looking for a Denver family photographer and considering working with me.

Feel free to check them out. And, if you aren’t in the area looking for a Denver family photographer, ask your local photographer if they have similar links available for you to check out. In addition to pricing and their gallery, be sure to see a video or a sample of a full session – I always recommend seeing an entire session by your photographer. Because anyone can take one or two good photos, but you want a photographer that will deliver and entire gallery of great images for you to select from.

Not all photographers have a studio, but if they do have one, you’ll want to ask where it is and what it is like. Their studio is a great meeting place, you can see their product samples and it also provides a back up shooting location if your outdoor location gets rained/snowed out. (Although it can be very fun to shoot in the rain and snow!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

Denver Family Photography – New “Explainer” Video

As you probably have heard, “explainer” videos are all the rage. They are brief (30 sec – 2 minute) videos that give a quick overview of your company, service, etc.

Here is mine, hot off the presses. Well, the digital presses that is:

Natascha Lee Studios 2016 Explainer Video from N Lee on Vimeo.

 

If you are looking for family portraits, that video gives you a super quick overview of me, the kind of photos I create, and my style.

Below are a few more key links that people like to have, when they are looking for a Denver family photographer and considering working with me.

Feel free to check them out. And, if you aren’t in the area looking for a Denver family photographer, ask your local photographer if they have similar links available for you to check out. In addition to pricing and their gallery, be sure to see a video or a sample of a full session – I always recommend seeing an entire session by your photographer. Because anyone can take one or two good photos, but you want a photographer that will deliver and entire gallery of great images for you to select from.

Not all photographers have a studio, but if they do have one, you’ll want to ask where it is and what it is like. Their studio is a great meeting place, you can see their product samples and it also provides a back up shooting location if your outdoor location gets rained/snowed out. (Although it can be very fun to shoot in the rain and snow!

1. What people say about working with me

2. My photo galleries, (one for each of my specialties so you can see my photography style)

3. Videos to see what an entire session would look like 

4. Pricing Overview

5. A bit about me

6. My N Denver Studio Tour

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40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

40 Ideas for Unique Back To School Photos of your Children (Free Printable)

I’m a big fan of traditions, and using photography as one of the way to mark or celebrate them. One of my favorites is back-to school-photos. They can be done professionally, by a friend who likes photography, or even just snapshots you take yourself to mark this point in time. To reflect and celebrate your child as they are today. And, to capture some of that first day of school excitement!

One photo of your kid is great – it’s the cornerstone. But if you are looking to capture and portray a more complete picture of this special time in your children’s life, or if you are looking for some creative ideas, use this free printable as guideline.

Please use this as just an idea-generator. You’ll note that I call it “ideas” not a “checklist”. That’s b/c almost nobody (including me) is going to do all of them. So, don’t look at the list and think that you need to take them all, or take them all on the first day. Pick your 10 favorites and just do those, and spread them out over the first week. Or, do them all at once if that’s more your style. Whatever is helpful and fun for you.

Looking for some great ideas for back to school photos? Here is a free printable:

BTS-40-ideas-Natascha-Lee-Studios

 

Looking to for a black and white version that won’t use much of your printer ink? Here’s another version:

40 ideas for back to school photos - free printableBTW, Last year I wrote an article for  Colorado Parent Magazine  on “Tops Tips for Unique First-Day Back to School Photos of your Kids” You can see that article and my photos here, and check out page 11 to read: “8 Pro Tips for Unique First Day Back to School Photos”. Yes, last year it was just 8 ideas…this year I share 40 of them!

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Highlands Ranch Teen Girl – Dancer Portraits Video

Highlands Ranch Teen Girl – Dancer Portraits Video

Here’s a video from a lovely concept portrait session with tween Caroline from Highlands Ranch. She is an athlete, but more of a swimmer than a dancer.  We still chose to do a dance-themed custom portrait session and had so much fun with the tutus. She loved dressing up! And her mother LOVES these photos.

Parents often have professional photos done of babies, young children, and  Highschool Seniors.  But how about a custom photo session for your Tween or Teen? Something that celebrates who they are right now.

That’s what we did for Caroline, 11 years old. And here is what she and her mother Kristin had to say about the experience (Caroline) and the resulting portraits (Kristin):

“Miss Natascha was so cool. When I worked with her she made me feel pretty. The photoshoot made me feel confident and more brave.”

Caroline, 11 years old in Littleton, Colorado

“Capturing the essence of a child’s personality is a special skill. Natascha’s photography does that but more: she photographs in a truly artistic way. She involves the natural and man-made elements in her surroundings so that every shot is unique. You don’t look at one of her photographs the same way twice.”

Kristin Lamendola, Littleton, Colorado

Highlands Ranch Dance Girl Photo Shoot Natascha Lee Studios from N Lee on Vimeo.

 

Colorado Parent Magazine – Top Tips for Unique First Day Back To School Photos of your Children

Colorado Parent Magazine – Top Tips for Unique First Day Back To School Photos of your Children

I’m so honored  – Colorado Parent Magazine asked me to write an article for local Colorado parents on “Tops Tips for Unique First-Day Back to School Photos of your Kids”

You can see that article and my photos in their Aug issue that came out like 5 minutes ago. 😉  (That’s the magazine world – they seem to publish about week before the actual month. I think that’s to give the postal service time to distribute the publication.)

Click here, and check out page 11 to read: “8 Pro Tips for Unique First Day Back to School Photos”.

One of the tips I recommend everyone check out is #6 – “Have your child hold a prized possession.”  Something that is meaningful to them at this current age and stage.  I know from the children’s portraits I create, that children love to customize a photo with their own personality and possessions. For a parent, there is nothing more unique than our child themselves so we often don’t think of including a piece of sports equipment, a stuffed animal, or a special book. But kids love to include their cherished object(s) in their photos. I take photos both with and without that object, so that you have some variety. Oh, and even if the object is so worn that it looks like the Velveteen Rabbit, be sure to include it in a few images.

True story – I just did family portraits this weekend where the 2 year’s old’s favorite thing was a baby doll that had initially been the dog’s chew toy! Sure, it looked worn, but we were going to include it in a few photos anyway….until he changed his mind and wanted the bright yellow truck instead! 😉 So, even if the special object isn’t quite photogenic, it is still a good idea to include it (in at least a few photos.)

Colorado Parent Magazine Tops Tips for Unique Back to School Photos of your Kids

Colorado Parent Magazine: Top Tips for Unique Back-To-School Photos of your Kids