Back to School Photo Tips

First Day of School Signs that coordinate with a darling Back to School Breakfast idea - lots of FREE PRINTABLES @PagingSupermom

The first day of school is a big photo opp for parents, so I thought we’d share some of our tried and true tips for getting the best out of your family’s pictures.

First Day of School Signs that coordinate with a darling Back to School Breakfast idea - lots of FREE PRINTABLES @PagingSupermom

It’s smart to do a little prep work so the morning of the first day is a breeze.

1. Have your child help pick out a favorite outfit ahead of time and be sure to set it aside — this point might seem obvious but if you’ve got little ones who are excited to wear new school clothes, this step could save a lot of hassle on the first day.

2. Take your kids in for a fresh haircut. Have you heard about the new Online Check-In App from Great Clips? It’s a free app that can save time by helping you locate your nearest salon and add your family to the wait list. For every download of the FREE app, Great Clips has pledged to donate to the Adopt a Classroom cause. Go here to learn more.

3. Be sure to download and print out our free, fill-in photo signs for your kiddos to hold in their pictures.

First Day of School Signs that coordinate with a darling Back to School Breakfast idea - lots of FREE PRINTABLES @PagingSupermom

Now for some photography tips…

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Vacation Photo Super-tips from a Pro

How to get GORGEOUS Beach Vacation Photos at PagingSupermom.com #super-tip

Hello there! Erika here, visiting from Yellow Pear. I am a photographer and love to photograph my family’s adventures. I have a few super tips for photographing your summer vacations.

How to get GORGEOUS Vacation Photos at PagingSupermom.com #super-tip
(Chicago-Navy Pier, Sept. 2012)

Photographing vacations involves telling a story with your camera. The goal is to capture the feelings, sights, and emotions of the trip so you can look back and remember. In creating a complete story, it’s helpful to have a variety of shots. Focus on gathering an assortment of candid, detail, posed and wide shots. Don’t forget to get in the photos yourself, and remember to balance your time between enjoying your vacation and photographing it.

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5 Super-tips for Taking Better Photos

5 Super-Tips for Taking Great Photos of your Kids at PagingSupermom.com

Remember Super-tips? This summer Super-tip Tuesday is returning with ideas and advice from some fellow mom bloggers. We’re so excited to share their tips with you. To start things off we’ve got professional photographer and author Kristen Duke! Off we go…

Hello Super friends! I’m Kristen Duke, and I am delighted to share my super tips for taking pictures of kids. I’ve got four children myself, and they can sometimes be not-so-excited to participate in pictures, but sometimes they love it! Below are some tips to think outside of the “cheese!”

5 Tips for taking better photos of your Kids from a Professional Photographer at PagingSupermom.com

1. Take candid pictures

I can’t emphasize this enough! So many moms pull out the camera, and tell their kids to look up and smile — don’t do that! We’ve got plenty of pictures of their smiling faces, just snap what they are doing with a side view of their cute faces. Whether they are reading a book, jumping rope, or baking in the kitchen, capture the candid moments.

5 Super-Tips for Taking Great Photos of your Kids at PagingSupermom.com

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Family Picture Inspiration & 3 Big No-Nos

Retro Carnival-themed Family Picture Inspiration Board #familypictures #inspiration #carnival

I love family pictures, and we take one every year. I use the photos to make a New Year’s card to mail to family and friends, but I also use them to print a family calendar and a large canvas for above our fireplace.

Here is a peak at the inspiration board I’ve created for our family photos this year. I haven’t yet received the pictures back from our photographer, but if you follow me on Instagram you probably caught a peak at our photo shoot a couple weeks ago. (Keep reading for my three rules of family photos.)

Three Tips for Better Family Pictures PagingSupermom.com #familypictures #inspiration #phototips

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