Anyone who is a parent of a child over the age of six knows the joys of sending them back to school after their summer break. Sure, we love the little demons as they roam free and are constantly underfoot during the hottest and driest months of the year. Still, we are ever so excited to see them return to the hallowed halls of education so that they might have their little minds cultivated so they can learn and grow and become better people.
Please, please, may they become better people.
Can we be honest for a minute here, parent to parent? Let’s just admit that part of the joy of putting our children on a school bus each fall is the relief of having them out of the way for a few hours. After having the little darlings home for a couple of months, we crave the quiet of being able to enjoy just one cup of coffee in silence before we start our workday. We long for the ability to have adult conversations without being interrupted every fifth word with, “Mommy, he hit me with a cat!” By the time they don new backpacks and shyly greet new teachers (which is a total ruse on the kids part, by the way), parents are dying to have an intimate moment that extends further than a blown kiss as one hurries frantically out the door while cleaning oatmeal off their clothes.
Around our house, back-to-school means it’s also safe to start shooting again. We severely limit what we shoot during the summer because children break things, can’t stay out of the way, and ask far too many questions. The day we put ours on a school bus this year, we wasted no time setting up lights and having a little adult playtime. Of course, the cats still thought we were crazy and wanted to play with Kat’s feet and the backdrop, but we enjoyed the time being together without children for a few hours.
I’m not going to be crass enough to show you all the pictures we took. Somethings we prefer to keep between us. Here is a sample collection from the four sets we shot. Click on any thumbnail to view the entire gallery. Then, once your kids are in school, give us a yell and we’ll reserve some private time in front of the camera for you as well.