School Picture Day Tips & Tricks

Spring pictures are just around the corner! School photos are a great way to commemorate your child’s growth and time at school. Getting your picture taken as a child can seem scary and overwhelming. We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to share with you to make sure that your child has the best picture day possible!


  • Some children might be afraid of the photographer. Make sure that your child understands that the photographer is there to help and ensure that they have the best picture day possible. 
  • Photographers should be treated with the same respect as teachers. Some children may be hesitant to follow the instructions given to them by the photographer. However, the steps that need to be taken are vital for capturing a great photo. If your child is willing to respect the photographer and follow their directions, it will make the process much easier and produce a better photo.
  • Many children are frightened by the bright lights. Some are scared that it will hurt when they flash. Make sure to tell your child that the lights are there to help the photographer and the flashes are completely painless. It is completely okay for your child to communicate their concerns to the photographer–they will be happy to reassure them and help them through the process.  
  • Glasses are a-ok! Photographers are trained to get the best photo possible–this includes making sure that there is no lens glare from your child’s glasses. If your child wants to wear their glasses in their picture, let them know that the photographer may need to take some extra steps to get a good photo (some tricks including pushing the glasses up on their nose and positioning their head in a special way). However, if you do not want your child to wear their glasses, make sure to tell them to let the photographer know.
  • Make sure to dress your child in an outfit that they love. If a child loves their outfit, they will want to show it off! This can help them feel more confident and excited about getting their picture taken. 
  • If you would like to be present for your child’s picture day, make sure to contact the school ahead of time. Many schools will ask for parent volunteers to assist with picture day. Ask the photographer to be present for your child’s photo–just make sure to follow their instructions, especially when it comes to where to stand. While photographers are trained to make the photo area safe for children, there is a lot of expensive equipment (with a lot of cords and cables) behind the camera. If you’re behind the photographer, mind your step and make sure to steer clear of all equipment. It is important for everyone to respect the photographer’s space and equipment–not just children. 
  • Remind your child that it is okay to smile! Some children can be self-conscious about their smile, especially if they are at an age where they may be missing teeth. Remind them that they have a great smile and that it is okay to show it off!
  • For children who struggle with changes in their schedule, playing “picture day” at home could help the event feel less overwhelming. The photographer wants to help each group finish quickly so that they can get back to class. Reminding your child that it will only take a few minutes out of their day may also help.
  • School photographers are trained to be able to support each child’s unique needs. They will do everything they can to make sure that your child has a pleasant and fun experience with a great end result. 

Following these tips can help the photographer produce a great photo that you can cherish for years to come.