Tampa Back to School Mini Sessions
I seriously cannot get over how cute this family is. I am so lucky to get to photograph them regularly (remember this sweet baby’s newborn session a couple of months ago)! For the last three years Reilly Maguire Photography and I have done our Tampa back to school mini sessions together. This is my most stylized session of the year generally, and although photography props is not usually my thing, how can I resist these? A favorite every time we do these are the apples. We can hardly get two minutes into the session without someone dying to eat one! I love it.
Two year’s ago, it was big sisters turn to enter kindergarten (if you scroll down on this blog post you can see a few of them and how much they have grown), and this year, it was little sister’s turn to enter kindergarten. I loved seeing how much they have grown and their personalities came through in the pictures. They are as much fun to photograph as they are beautiful to photograph.
Taking your own back-to-school pictures?
If you are looking to take your own back to school pictures this week, here are a few hints. I love to incorporate things that are telling of their age and stage. So, below, you can see C’s favorite little tiger was part of the session. You could incorporate a favorite book, or toy, or outfit. Anything that helps you remember your child(ren) at this age. I also recommend picking a location that you can use again and again every year, of course, if you don’t move. A front door, or neighborhood park, or your school are some great ideas. Take sibling shots, but don’t forget each individual child as well. I love a little bit of silly pictures and a more classic portrait, too. Bring props if you want, like a small chalkboard, or printed sign with their grade level preprinted on, or a desk if you have one, number two pencils, apples, fake glasses (remove lenses for glare or pick up some from Target or other shops that may seel the “prop” frames). I also use “fall” toned colors for my own kids each year so when I put them all together in frames or books, they have a look of continuity. That may be my own OCD, so whatever is YOUR child’s style is great, too! The biggest thing to remember is have fun and let their personalities shine!
These black and white moments are truly so gorgeous and I hope they find their way to their walls. They definitely have a sisterhood bond that is just perfect!