We’ve homeschooled in a lot of different ways over the years. Sometimes we were part of a county-wide group that met for occasional field trips and created an annual yearbook. Other times we participated in weekly activities with a playgroup. Still other years we were part of a co-op; one for a year, another for a year and a half, and the third for five years. In between those times, we were on our own. But no matter where your kids are in the homeschooling experience, you can still take homeschool photos to commemorate the year. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Visit a Studio
When I was a senior in high school, we had to go to the photo studio to get our pictures taken. This is certainly an option for homeschoolers. Get some recommendations from friends about their favorite studios. The last time we had pictures taken at a studio, we received a CD with about 25 photos for $100, along with a letter from the photographer stating we had the freedom to use and print them as desired.
Hire a Mom
If you’re part of a larger co-op, chances are they have a yearbook. And if they have a yearbook, they probably have a way to get everyone’s photo in there. For our yearbook this year, the mom taking the photos had a small “studio” set up in one of the extra classrooms. She set up a neutral backdrop and borrowed the flash equipment from a friend. Elementary students came in as a group from each class; older students stopped by when they had time. They stood in line to get their photos taken, much like I did when I was in school.
When we weren’t part of a co-op, we joined in a county-wide yearbook. Photos were taken over the course of several days. The photographer was a mom with some photography experience. She reserved a space at her church where she could take the photos. She also had a backdrop and some nice flash equipment. Each family signed up for a certain time, paid $20, and received a CD later in the mail with all of the kids’ pictures on it (several of each child).
Another option is to find a friend who enjoys photography (or yourself!) to take the photos outdoors. This is one of my favorite options these days, as natural and rustic settings just add to the beauty of the photo. One year, the yearbook photographer took the photos in a park downtown, one of the most scenic in our area. Those are some of my favorite school photos. Other locations to consider are empty railroad tracks, fences, pastures, fields, old buildings, and structures with interesting architecture.
No matter how or where you take them, or whether or not they become part of a yearbook, be sure to take those annual homeschool photos. As all parents know, time flies by so quickly, and the photos will be cherished for years to come.
Does your family take annual homeschool photos to commemorate the grades? If so, how do you do it?