celebrate back to school! first day of school picture inspiration and tips

The first day of school may look a little different for your little one this year. Whether you are preparing for distance learning, homeschooling, or sending your child safely to school, the start of a new school year holds a world of opportunity for your student. At Pearhead, we believe in celebrating milestones, and beginning a new grade is a special milestone to be commemorated each fall. Capture the magic of a new school year with any of Pearhead's school-themed chalkboards and keepsakes. To help kick off a new school year, here are some A+ inspiration and photo tips for your back to school photoshoots! 

celebrate milestones: the first day of school

the classic first-day photo

The first day of school photo on the front porch is like a right of passage. Have your students pose with Pearhead's First and Last Day of School chalkboards sporting their school uniforms or back to school best to celebrate the first day of school each year. At the end of the school year, use the included "last day of" chalkboard to snap a photo and see how much they've grown throughout the year!

tip: the first and last day of school chalkboards are reusable so you can use them year after year. To reuse any Pearhead chalkboard that includes chalk, be sure you are using chalk and not a chalk marker as that may stain the board. After you take your photo, wipe the board clean with a damp cloth and store away till next year.

featuring your best friend in the first-day photo is apple-solutely a good idea!

The bond between a child and their pet is a special one! Get fido in on the back to school fun. If you make this a yearly tradition, you'll be able to enjoy photos highlighting how your pet grows and changes over the years alongside your student.


add a personal touch

Have your little one add their handprint to the apple or pencil DIY back to school handprint boards with the included non-toxic paint. You'll have fun looking back at these little handprints when they are not so little anymore. While your child can enjoy a fun DIY project to kick off the school year. 

highlight your student's individual style

New school year, new 'fit! Whether your student is hitting the classroom or the zoom room, they have a unique style that's all their own! Encourage them to pick out their favorite outfit while the pose with a school themed chalkboard for a back to school photo shoot. Adding favorite accessories like a bright hairbow or a clever graphic t-shirt are a nice touch, but I think we can all agree their best accessory is a happy smile!


tip: wardrobe changes are encouraged! You can get your "formal" back to school photo, while your child can enjoy showing off their unique style with a favorite graphic-t or striking a model pose!
tip: if you are taking your photos outside, look for a shaded area. Or position your child so their back is to the sun. This will keep the sun out of their eyes and help you capture a well-lit photo without fighting shadows. 

showcase unique sibling personalities

Back to school season is double (or sometimes, triple) the fun when siblings are involved...right?! Pearhead offers a variety of back to school chalkboards that are customizable and allow you to show off our student's personality year after year. Have your kiddos pose for a group shot so you can have a special memory highlighting each unique personality. 
tip: let your student personalize their own chalkboard! Encourage them to fill in their name, grade, and interests. Or opt for a chalkboard set that includes non-toxic paint, so they can add their own handprint.

celebrate the pre-k milestone!

Have a little one headed to preschool this year? What a huge milestone! You both may have some nerves as you balance feelings of excitement and change. Help ease your preschooler into this season by asking them questions about what they are looking forward to about school or have them create a special DIY keepsake as they prepare for many arts and craft days ahead.

tip: use your preschooler's answers to fill out their chalkboard, while the customizable handprint chalkboards double as a prop and keepsake.

Whatever the school year looks like for your family, I hope you will take a few moments to commemorate this special time in your student's life. If you use any of these back to school photo ideas or products be sure to tag Pearhead on Instagram and show off your student's milestone! Before you know it, another school year will have passed and you'll be glad you took the time to create these special back to school memories with your child.