Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the photo so many times, but I remember my first day of kindergarten with perfect clarity. I was terrified, and it showed in my face. Thanks, Mom.

There are certain landmark days in a child’s life that Mom somehow just knows to capture in a photo. And the first day of school is one of those photo ops you just don’t want to miss.

There is the requisite bus-stop photo, of course, but planning ahead and adding a few props can take your photos from run-of-the-mill to photo-card-worthy. Here are a few first day of school photo ideas that you and your kids will treasure for years to come.

Images by: Shine Photography by Karen, Banana Pancakes Blog, Sugar Bee Crafts

We’d love to see your first day of school photo ideas, if you have a photo you’d like to share. And for more fun kids ideas keep reading our blog. Shop our holiday photo cards collection for ways to make it keep-worthy.