Back to School: Capturing those precious moments beyond a picture

Can't believe it. We survived. I survived. They survived. We ALL survived the first week of school. Monkey in Kindergarten. Lil Tank in PK3.

The good news? They both go to the same school. YES! ONE drop off. ONE pick up. They also seem to LOVE school. BONUS!

The bad news? No more precious, one-on-one time with Lil Tank. It's now our time to share her with the world. While she's more than ready, we aren't.

What helped us get through the first week was a video. Not just any video. But a "first-day-of-school" video. It was a way for us to capture those treasured moments beyond the traditional "back-to-school" pictures. Take a look. 


If you'd like to create your own video, here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What's your name? (Hear how the way they pronounce it changes as they get older)
  • How old are you?
  • What grade are you going into?
  • What's your favorite subject? (Good to ask when they're older)
  • What are your favorite activities/things to do?
  • What are your favorite foods?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Describe your first day outfit, lunchbox and/or backpack.

We HIGHLY recommend doing this because it's just too cute, especially when they're this young. Can't wait to see the eyes roll when they get older as we continue to capture these moments beyond the picture. I gotta tell you, the video helped me get through the first day... watched it about 100 times from the time we dropped them off to when we picked them up.

Don't get us wrong. We still recommend taking pictures, of course. But you can get more creative with them, too. See below.


  • Take their picture as you normally would. You can have them hold a sign or just stand to the left or right side of the "frame."
  • Create the unique pictures like ours above by using the free online program, PicMonkey. You can add text, hearts, shapes, all kinds of things.
  • If your child is holding a sign that you want to write over, click overlays and choose the geometric category. Then select which shape will cover your sign and resize appropriately. Once done, select text and type away.

So... what do you think? Have we inspired you to create new ways to capture those first-day-of-school moments? Which one will you do? Picture? Video? Or both? Even if your kids have already started school, you can still create the video during this first month. With nearly everyone owning a smartphone, it should be no problem to make memories that last a lifetime.


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