Get Ready for an A+ School Year with these Stellar Photo Ideas!

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It's hard to believe that summer is already over, but it truly must be because everyone in Raleigh (our PrestoPhoto hometown) went back to school today! Naturally, emotions are running high, and we're all a little nervous to be trading in our beach towels for backpacks, but it feels like a great new adventure is just about to start.

The beginning of each new grade – from kindergarten to senior year – is a big family milestone, so we thought we'd pass along some super imaginative back-to-school-time photo ideas that you can add to your 2015 Family Yearbook.

 1. Change your perspective.

Back to School Chalkboard

For a totally fresh take, we love the idea of setting up an interactive “stage” and photographing it from above. Trust us, if it feels like playtime, that will really show in your photos! Create a larger-than-life blackboard using chalk and black craft paper (or even your own driveway!). You'll need a tall ladder to get as much of the "board" in the frame as possible, but the creative storytelling possibilities are endless.

 2. Remember the little things.

A lot changes from year to year – hairstyle and fashion preferences, favorite color and dream job. Start a tradition of showcasing these details! Photograph your student holding up a handmade sign with the date, their grade and what they want to be when they grow up. The collection you will end up with by Senior Year will be a true family treasure.

3. Don't forget anything!

Candid photos of the big day are a must. Snap a photo as they are headed out the door, while Mom or Dad is buttoning their jacket for them and as they're boarding the bus – these seemingly little details will go a long way toward telling the first day of school story! 

From all of us at PrestoPhoto, we wish you a happy and exciting first day and fabulous school year. If you have any back-to-school memory-making or photo tips to share, we'd love to hear from you in the comments below!