8 Creative Photo Ideas for Your Preschooler’s First Day of School
The lunch box is packed. The outfit is chosen. The crayons are sharpened. It’s the first day of school! And not just any first day of school — it’s the first day of the first school your child will ever attend. Obviously, you need a pic of your preschooler to mark this auspicious day. Before you point and shoot, check out these out-of-the-box ideas for the first day!
1. Candids: If candid photos don’t exactly seem creative, think again. Instead of a stock photo-like pose, catch your kiddo as she’s walking down the driveway with her new backpack on, when she’s velcroing her shoes, or as she’s hopping into the car.
2. Teacher Opp: As you walk your mini-me into her new pre-K room, it’s more than likely her teacher will be on hand to do the traditional, “Hey, we’re so excited to have you in our class!” greetings. Catch a cute handshake or just have the two stand next to each other. If you’re a plan-ahead mama, bring along an apple and snap a pic of your child handing it to her teacher.
3. Class Of: Print your preschooler a “Class of…” featuring the year she’ll graduate from high school. If you don’t want to get super-fancy, use fabric markers to DIY a low-tech version. Use an oversized tee that will fit your little one when she’s actually about to graduate. In about 14 years, you can take another pic and compare them!
4. The Nitty Gritty: Set up a photo shoot that features all your child’s preschool specs. Make a poster, write on a chalkboard, or create a banner that features your child’s exact age on the first day of school, along with her height, favorite book, most-loved food, and any other bit of info she wants to give. Your new preschooler can hold the sign up as you snap pictures.
5. B & W: Instead of spotlighting the hot pink pants paired with the red and green plaid shirt (or whatever funny fashion your five-year-old put together), set your child’s first-day-of-school pic in black and white. Set the scene outside, catching the natural sunlight for a tasteful, timeless portrait.
6. Clothes Call: Every first day pic doesn’t have to star your child. Try featuring her meticulously selected first-day outfit. Place the clothes on your kiddo’s bed or hang them in the closet by themselves.
7. Text Bubbles: Time to get crafty! Use posterboard and markers to create a thought bubble that expresses what your little learner is thinking. Ask her what the first day of preschool means to her or what’s going through her head. Write it out and have her hold the bubble up next to her face as you snap away.
8. Wish List: Ask your kid what she wants to accomplish this year at school. This can include anything from making new friends to finger painting every day. Write the list out for your preschooler, super-sizing it on poster board or a chalkboard. Have her hold the list up for a pic, and at the end of the year, recreate the photo, checking off her accomplishments.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)