First Day of Kindergarten Photo

I am so excited to share with you a mini “staged” photo shoot that my dear friend, Melissa Vossler and I did for a first day of Kindergarten photo.  She is a photographer in Orange County, and has the cutest kids in the world, so it was the perfect combo.  We tested out my idea for some photos for the first day of school on her precious little ones.  First and foremost, please check out her website to see all of the gorgeous photos she takes!
I love taking photos on the first day of school of my students.  I use these to hang around the room, to place above each student’s name on the writing wall, and to give to the parents.  I found this dry erase board at Target that is a jumbo version of the “Hello, my name is….” name tags!  
 Here is what I will do on the first day of school..

I want to have each child write his/her name on the whiteboard, then they show me their biggest “first day smile” and pose for a picture!  Meet Lucas:

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And his adorable sister, Olivia…
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I can’t wait to take these pictures with my students the first day of school!  One of my first lessons is on the student’s names, this would be so fun to make a class book with the pictures and everyone’s names!
We also took pictures with the same frame I used for an end of the year photo booth with my students.  I painted an old frame green and taped punch out letters around it to say, “My 1st Day of Kinder!”  


Thank you so much Melissa for letting me use your kids and photography skills to practice taking beginning of the year photos for my students! 🙂

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23 responses to “First Day of Kindergarten Photo”

  1. Unknown Avatar

    I love the "My name is"…. White board. Super cute. I am making my First day of Kindergarten Frame today! It's been on my to-do list for awhile. I am just finally getting around to it.

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  2. Kelly Avatar

    I love that! What a great way to have your Kinders practice writing their names on the first day too!

  3. Fancy Free in 4th Avatar
    Fancy Free in 4th

    SOOO CUTE!!!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

  4. tigermom Avatar

    Where is Target did you find that sign?

  5. Freckleteacher Avatar

    Beautiful photos Michelle! I like both photo ideas. Where did you get the whiteboard? My only concern about that one is the time it would take to get 30 students to write their name and take the photo. If I had a parent volunteer to do it maybe…Really sweet. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Michelle Griffo Avatar
    Michelle Griffo

    I found the sign near the school supplies on one of the end isles! I found it about a week ago!

  7. Mrs. Wathen Avatar
    Mrs. Wathen

    Super cuter! I am heading to Target today and will check it out:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  8. Jeannie Avatar

    love those pictures Michelle! I too am crazy about taking photos of kids on the first day – to me it's almost as important as getting them home safely (I said almost)…..

    Do your kinder really come to school writing their names? I usually only have 2 maybe 3 that can attempt it…..
    loved the post!

    Kindergarten Lifestyle

  9. beth Avatar

    This is sooo cute! I start school tomorrow and also love to take pics on the first day. Maybe I can hurry to target today and look for the sign… What size frame did you use?

  10. Unknown Avatar

    Love the 'my name is' idea! Very cute! I'm waiting for the 2nd coat of paint to dry on my recycled frame so I can decorate it today! I think the parents love getting copies of these!

    Joy of Kindergarten

  11. Sandy Avatar

    How adorable!!!! 🙂

  12. The Colorful Apple Avatar
    The Colorful Apple

    I just saw that sign and didn't know what to do with it. I might need to make a trip back to Target now! Such a great idea!

    Sara 🙂
    Smiling In Second Grade

  13. Cupcake Avatar

    *Still* on my to-do list!! I need to find a cheap frame!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  14. Kristin Avatar

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!!! My favorite is the frame!!

  15. Traci Clausen Avatar
    Traci Clausen

    So cute. The frame is still on my to-do list, too. Those kids are adorable!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  16. Stacy Avatar

    I love both ideas. I'm going to have to head on over to Target to check it out. I'm pinning you right now so I don't forget. Thanks for posting

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  17. beagle2love Avatar

    Where did you get the rainbow striped cut-out letters? They are beeeaauutiful on the frame!Love this idea!
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  18. Miss Kindergarten Avatar
    Miss Kindergarten

    Love this and love your obsession with over sized things! 😉

  19. Heather's Heart Avatar
    Heather's Heart

    This is adorable! I love both of these ideas.

    Thank you for sharing. =)

    Heather's Heart

  20. Unknown Avatar

    Adorable idea. Thanks for the creative juice boost! I will be doing this.

  21. Jessica Avatar

    Love this idea so much!! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Ericka Avatar

    I'm going to try and paint the words with acrylic paint on a white board. Did anyone else try this?

  23. Ericka Avatar

    I'm going to try and paint the words with acrylic paint on a white board. Did anyone else try this?