Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to School Pictures

back to school pictures tradition

Back to school pictures are a wonderful tradition and the pictures can be treasured keepsakes. I really wanted something special and I finally decided on this do-it-yourself chalkboard letter. I love how the pictures turned out and I know, all too well, that he'll be holding numbers before I know it.

After all, it wasn't too long ago that I was holding a baby boy in my arms, trying to fathom the fact that he would one day start school. He would grow up. It felt like that day was so far off in the distance. I couldn't imagine it. And now that it's here, I can't believe it.

back to school pictures with chalkboard sign

I chose to do a chalkboard "K" to be able to write on it and then easily erase it. This is important because I plan on taking a picture of him holding the "K" on his last day as well. It will be interesting to see the changes!

To make the chalkboard letter, I just went to my local craft store and bought a wooden letter and a small container of chalkboard paint. I followed the instructions on the paint and ended up with a cute prop for under ten dollars (with a lot of left over chalkboard paint!) Not bad for two photo sessions.

Next year, I'll buy a wooden number 1 online to continue the tradition. I like these wooden numbers because you can customize the size.

back to school pictures with chalkboard letter

We are homeschooling this year so we decided to take a field trip to our town's historic old schoolhouse for our photo session. These are just a few of my favorites. And since my incredibly cute subject is a five year old boy, I thought it'd be appropriate to post a few of the outtakes. Haha!

back to school picture traditions

What do you have planned for back to school pictures?

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  1. I love these photos, Joyce. I love the wooden letter/numbers idea. He is so cute!

  2. This is such a great idea Joyce, thank you! The only thing that I might do different because I won't b able to store is using a white board and decorate it accordingly. Starting in the consecuative years I will use the numbers and make something put of them when I'm done. This also saves on the cost of school pictures.

  3. LOL, love the outtakes, how cute is he!?
    I printed out a "1st day..." printable but I like this idea better! Might steal it ;)

  4. The idea and photos are adorable! I need to start thinking about back to school photos!

  5. These picture are so incredibly cute! This was a very good idea, and I totally plan to steal it!

  6. An idea when you are done with the number or letter is to cover it with photos from that year and hang it on the wall, would make an interesting collection of each year of his school life?


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