15 Fun & Creative First-Day-of-School Photo Ideas

It’s already that time of the year again: First-day, back-to-school photos are slowly trickling onto your Instagram feed or Facebook timeline. And it seems every year, the photos get more and more creative. But don’t worry, those who still have time before Day 1 arrives: We have plenty of fun first-day-of-school photo ideas for you to choose from.

Need convincing that the first-day-of-school-photos annual tradition is for you and your kids? For starters, these photos are wonderful keepsakes. Tape them into a photo album and revisit the album year after year to witness your kids grow and mature year after year. These pics are also a great opportunity to show off your creativity. Skip the basic photo of your child holding a piece of paper with their grade scribbled on it. Instead, why not use trendy balloons or order a chalkboard sign from Etsy?

Ahead, we’ve gathered 15 of our favorite first-day-of-school photo ideas . Pin a few, get inspired, and kick off the school year in style.

A version of this article was originally published August 2018.

The Letterboard

What a genius idea from Instagram influencer Ashley McFarland: A letterboard is clean, simple and a fun way to interview the kids about what they want to be when they grow up.

Say It with a Balloon

Grab a sheet of stickers and stick ’em on balloons à la Design Improvised. Easy as that.

Frame It

Etsy has plenty of signs you can purchase, download and print from home. Slide into a pretty frame, and you’re set.

First day of preschool board, $7 at Printaposters/Etsy

Balloon Apples

Make these easy, adorable apple balloons for the first-day photo. Get the tutorial at Oh Happy Day.

Goodbye Smooches

If you’d rather ditch the printables and signs, keep it simple with first-day kisses caught on camera, an idea inspired by Mother magazine.

DIY a Sign

No saws required for this DIY first-day photo prop. You can find the tutorial at Fynes Designs.

Play Dress-Up

Have some broken sunglasses lying around? Repurpose them for an adorably nerdy first-day photo shoot, like this one from Ruffles & Stuff.

Keep it Silly

Have fun with it! Let kids unleash their craziest, weirdest faces.

Simple & Modern

Keep it simple and modern with these printables from Remodelaholic.

Chalkboard Sign

Invest in a chalkboard sign you can use year after year.

Chalkboard first day of school sign, $65 at LamourDecorSigns

Flowers & Unicorns

Obsessed with all things flowers, pastels and unicorns? This chalkboard printable on Etsy is too cute for words.

Unicorn back-to-school chalkboard printable sign, $14.95 at MerryelleDesign/Etsy

Print Some Props

Photographer Kristen Duke has plenty of back-to-school photo booth printables for you and kids of all ages to choose from.

First-Day Florals

Pose with this beautiful first-day canvas from Etsy.

First-day paper flowers canvas, $25 at FlwrsAndCraftsByFlor/Etsy

Use Sidewalk Chalk

Turn sidewalk chalk into a colorful first-day-of-school sign. Get the tutorial at eHow.

Don’t Forget About the Last Day of School

An alternative (or addition) to a first-day-of-school photo, taking a pic on the last day gives kids the chance to reflect on the school year.

Last day of school sign, $32.99 at HappyNamesBoutique/Etsy

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