Back To School / Ottawa Family Photographer

Do you have any traditions that you do in your family when the kids are heading back to school?

Back in 2010 I took a quick snapshot of my kids before they went off to school and then it just ended up being a tradition every year since then.  I take a photo in front of the front door of our house on the first day of school and last day of school and I love seeing how much they’ve grown over the year.  The door works great because it has a door knocker, a little window and rectangles so it’s easy to see how much the kids have grown.  The photos aren’t award worthy but I love them anyways and if I could go back in time, I would have made sure the whole door was in the first photo (I never would have thought at the time that my daughter would reach the little window, she’s close to 5’9″ now!) and started when the kids were in kindergarten…starting later is better than never though!

Here are all the first day of school photos since we started the tradition:

Back to School

The kids were in Grades 3 & 6 in the first photo and now are in Grades 7 & 10.  I love seeing all the differences (and the dog peeking out the window in some).  Yes, my son has the same backpack in all the photos…he’s had it for at least 6 years now and it still has no holes or anything, love LL Bean!  My daughter’s bag lasted 4 years which isn’t that bad either (I think it’s a Buffalo brand) but we had to throw it out this year.

Here is last year’s first and last day of school photo:

last day of school

Would love to hear about your traditions!



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