Photo Ideas for Capturing the First Day of School During Covid-19 | Brittany Lynn Imagery LLC

August 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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At the beginning of the year, I was dreading sending my daughter to Kindergarten. The idea of her going to school and me knowing that I have to trust the most important person in my life with complete strangers gave me a sick feeling in my stomach…

Now, though… well, I’d give anything to be afraid of just that! Anyone else!?

 

As we all prepare for the next season in our lives, many of us are having to navigate an entirely new approach to education and this is uncharted territory for all of us. If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that not only would I still be running my photography business full time, but I would also be taking on homeschooling in the Fall, I would have laughed.  Photo Ideas for Back to School During Covid 19 - Homeschool - Distance Learning - Brittany Lynn Imagery St. Charles MO Family Engagement Couples Children Seniors Photography-5Photo Ideas for Back to School During Covid 19 - Homeschool - Distance Learning - Brittany Lynn Imagery St. Charles MO Family Engagement Couples Children Seniors Photography-5Brittany Lynn Imagery

 

But you know what?

 

Two weeks ago, I went out and purchased a dry erase board, workbooks, colored pencils & crayons, and began planning a full Kindergarten curriculum. Our kitchen has transformed into a full on classroom and we are ready to take on this school year!

(I’ll take an extra shot of espresso in my morning blend, please and thank you!)

 

Regardless of what you have chosen to do for school this Fall, I imagine that you are also finding yourself in a position that you did not anticipate and with that comes a wave of various emotions. Times like these can feel overwhelming and while we sit in the middle of this storm, it feels like it will never pass… But what if I told you that it will!?

 

Because you know what?

 

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It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

 

I get it. You may or may not be on board with what I’m about to say but at some point, you will look back on these times of struggle and triumph and you may even smile a bit at the fact that you instinctually survived it, even if all the odds were against you.

 

Please, take pictures of this season of life!

 

Personally, I am disappointed that I don’t get to photograph my daughter’s first day of school the way that I imagined it. I was really looking forward to getting a photo of her in her brand new clothes and shoes in front of the school, one of her sporting her backpack over her shoulder, and all the cheesy first-day-of-school photos that flood your timeline as this time of year approaches before going back home to cry on the couch and polish off a bucket of ice cream. As a mom, I live for these firsts and it feels like this one is being taken from me – and you may feel the same.

 

Y’all, this is an unprecedented time to be alive!  These are the moments that demand to be captured. As a PLANET we are doing things that no one has done before and it is up to all of us to capture these times because this is a HUGE moment in our story, individually and collectively.

 

So enough of me yammering on, let’s get to the good stuff!

 

I’m sharing some ideas of mine to hopefully help inspire you - and myself - to capture the first day of school, whatever that looks like for you! I can't wait to officially start and will be updating this post with more photos as the school year progresses!

 

School Supplies

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I love photojournalistic shots so of course, my first tip is to capture some details! Let’s capture all of those brand-spankin’-new school supplies! You can choose to do a fun flat lay that creatively showcases all – or some - of the items or you can just photograph them laid out – whichever you prefer. There is no right or wrong way to capture details for yourself so get as creative or minimalistic as you wish.

If you need some inspiration or guidance for organizing a flat lay, head on over to Pinterest for some ideas – there are tons of resources there!

 

Growth

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Let’s get inventive and find a way to capture growth!

When I say growth, I mean in any capacity - this could mean capturing how much your little one grows throughout the school year, or it can show off emotional growth for older students.

To capture physical growth, just find a familiar object to photograph your student with at the beginning of the year and then again at the end! This can be something as simple as a height chart, a favorite toy/item, or something meaningful to them/you/the family – the front porch, the garden gate, the family dog – the options are endless!

To capture growth that isn’t visible, you can create a get-to-know-me blackboard with different fields to fill out and photograph at the beginning of the year and then return to fill it out and photograph at the end of the year to see how things change such as thoughts, opinions, fears, hobbies, the list goes on!

 

Outfit

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Whether your student is distance learning, homeschooling, or going back to school in person, they will be wearing clothes, yeah? If you’re anything like me and were looking forward to a fun first-day-of-school phone photo shoot, then this is one you likely wanted to capture… so why not still do it!? The outfits don’t have to be brand new or “special” to any degree – photographing things just the way they are is half of the magic in preserving a moment.

For the best photos, be sure to pull your student away from the wall or backdrop so that they are in focus and the attention is drawn to them, not the background! Also, pay attention to lighting and avoid direct sunlight if possible – open shade is your best friend for these!

 

Work Space/Classroom

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Photos of your student’s workspace will be a great memory to look back on! This isn’t exclusive to distance and homeschoolers – if your student is going back to school this year, you can snag some photos of their classroom during open house! If they will be learning at home, photos of the space will be a great thing to look back on! You can photograph the space by itself and also photograph your student in the space. Be sure to get the whole space, and then details – especially those you are most proud of or spent the most time on.

I know for sure one of mine will be my scheduling binder that I am oh so proud of!

 

The Mask

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Some schools are requiring them, some aren’t, but one thing is for certain – you likely have one for your child and let’s be honest – the mask symbolizes Covid-19 visually for us now. The whole reason we are all scrambling to make sure our students’ educational needs are met is because of this virus. I know it may seem weird but again, I can’t stress to you enough that these photos are going in your personal history books. This is the legacy we are leaving behind – we lived, created, and invented through Covid-19. While we may not all be in the newspapers, these photos will mean a lot to our families as they grow.

To me, photographing the mask is the closest we can get to capturing the essence of what is right now. It’s the strongest visual representation we have of Covid-19 at the moment and I think that capturing the masks along with everything else will help us to remember just how amazing it is that we all worked so hard to do what is best for the students in our lives!

 

Transportation

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Some of our students will be riding the bus to school while others are joining homeschool pods to supplement social engagement and learn with a group. However your student is getting to school, even if it is just walking downstairs and into the kitchen, don’t forget to document it! I know the bus seems like an everyday thing to a lot of us but even that is going to look different this year so there will be plenty to capture and look back on!

(And notice: I don't have an example here. Why? Well, my daughter was DONE with me. See - done is better than perfect!!)

 

 

I hope this list is helpful and I hope that it has inspired you to pull out your camera or phone and snap some photos of this crazy time that we are all in right now!

Just remember: done is better than perfect and you will be happy that you took these so whatever you do, do NOT get caught up in trying to make things look cookie-cutter perfect! You do not have to have a Pinterest-worthy homeschool space to document this season of life – you just need to capture it as-is.

 

If you’re wanting to just leave it to the professionals, you can always reach out to me for a quote for a distance/homeschool lifestyle session at [email protected]! Also, make sure to subscribe to my email list so that you can receive even more tips & tricks and other fun stuff!

 

So tell me – did I miss anything!? What are you going to be documenting on your student’s first day at school this year!?

 

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