Photography Tips

5 Top Tips for Back-to-School Photos

Even before the kids finish for the summer, the shops are telling us we need to get ready to go back to school. Over the last few years #backtoschool has jammed social media timelines from mid-August to early September as proud (or relieved) parents share back-to-school photos of their children heading off for the new academic year in oversized uniform. We expect this year to be no different!

Back-To-School Snaps

Back-to-school photos have been part of life for years. Our family photo albums show my sister and I lined up in the garden in our uniforms. We were always standing in the same place, but waited for weeks until the rest of the film had been used up and processed before finding out if we’d grimaced or smiled.

Now it’s much easier – if you don’t like the picture you can take another one; nevertheless, here are our 5 top tips for taking a great back to school photo:

  1. If you’re planning to share the picture on social media and your kids are old enough, check with them if you can share their picture! Those at secondary school might not want their friends to find a picture taken at home online. Equally, if you’re going to share the picture online, you might just prefer to share the picture on Facebook with your friends only.
  2. To take pictures of them in their new uniform, do a ‘modelling’ session.  It’s much easier to take nice pictures of them outside without the time pressures of getting to school.
  3. If they’re starting a new school (especially in reception or nursery) – try creating a series of pictures about them starting – so their new shoes lined up, the uniform hanging on the back of the door and them outside the door ready to leave that morning.
  4. Want a picture of them leaving in their uniform on the first day back? You can get them to eat their breakfast before getting dressed – then the uniform will be clean!
  5. Leave a bit of extra time to take the photos before you have to get to school – then you’ll have time to do some posed (and silly!) shots before you leave. Make sure there’s a neutral background and no reflections of you with the camera.

Printing Back-To-School Photos

Once you’re done and they’re safely in their new classrooms, don’t forget to have your images printed. Get a couple of extra copies to send to proud relatives, too!

Don’t forget to share on social media for other Mums and Dads out there too, so yuop can all capture that perfect picture to get framed using some of the fantastic products we have on Truprint.

Guest Blog

This post was a guest from Jenny Smith. Jenny has been taking photographs for as long as she can remember. She now specialises in taking pictures of the natural world, especially animals. Her photo of a hippo was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ZSL Photography Competition in 2014. It was displayed in installations at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. She was shortlisted again in 2015 and has been shortlisted in two categories in 2016.

When not out with her camera, she runs her own business DigitalJen ( providing commercial, creative and digital business services for small businesses – which can include the odd product shoot now and again.


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