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Four tips for taking great back-to-school photos

Posted by Kristi Palma  August 28, 2013 01:16 PM

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It's back-to-school time. And that means parents across the country are snapping photos of their kids (hopefully) smiling for the camera in their shiny new backpacks on the long-awaited first day of class. But wait! Is your child squinting in the sun? Is there an old lawnmower photobombing your shot?

Step up your picture-taking skills with these four tips for taking great back-to-school photos of your kids, courtesy of professional photographer Anna Mayer.

-- Get out of the sun! (move your child into a shaded area)
-- Tell a story with your background. Or, at the very least, keep it free of clutter and mess
-- Choose a reference point (take a picture of your kids in the same spot every year to show how your child changes)
-- Think outside the box (get your child peering out the school bus window or inside his class)

Need a visual lesson? See photos that illustrate each of Mayer's tips on her blog.

And now it's your turn to share. We want to see your back-to-school photos! Post a photo in one of our galleries below.

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Share your back-to-school photos. This little girl looks super excited for her first day of kindergarten in Hampton, N.H.

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Did you get all crafty this year and make a DIY back-to-school sign? Post it here (with or without the cute child holding it). This is Jack from Watertown holding his sign.

If you're posting photos on social media, use the hashtag #bosbacktoschool and you just might see your child in a back-to-school feature on Boston.com!

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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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