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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