This time of year in Atlanta always marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. All the great time at the beach, meeting new friends at camp, playgroups, and visiting with family comes to an abrupt close. Since I grew up in Baltimore, the fact that it is still in the 90’s and school has started again is so strange to me. My memories of back-to-school start with waiting for the bus in my new fall shoes on a crisp morning. The cooler weather was my reminder that this was where I supposed to be because the beach wasn’t warm anymore. But I really can’t complain all that much since our winters are so much nicer than they are up north.
Patrick’s first day of Kindergarten was Monday. I have been photographing him since he was just 6 months old. One of my happiest moments as a children’s photographer is the day I stepped into his house at his 2 year portrait, and his mom said to him. “Do you have something to say to Sara?” “Hi, Ms. Sara.” I nearly melted right there. This little boy had not only learned to speak real words since the last time I saw him, but to also learn my name and have the confidence to say it. It’s a story I repeat again and again because it makes me realize how lucky I am to do what I do. I get to witness a completely dependent baby grow into a little person who, in Patrick’s case, is now going to school for the very first time.
I hope you enjoy experiencing the morning of Patrick’s first day of school right along with him.
Oh, do I HAVE to get up?
Breakfast with his little sister, Clare.
Making the bed with mom.
Patrick told me that he knows how to tie his shoelaces but he’s going to let his mom do it for him anyway. So cute.
So excited for his first day!
Walking down the driveway to the bus stop.
The bus was right on time and Patrick didn’t waste any time getting on. In fact, he had to turn back a bit to give mom and dad hugs.
Who knew that this shy little baby would be so anxious for his first day?!
As the bus drove away, Clare realized what was happening and got upset. So sweet!
Bye, Patrick! Have a great day! I don’t know how Roger and Sandra held it together. I was teary-eyed.
The going-to-school session is included in Patrick’s “Off the School Annual Package” which includes annual portraits from ages 2 through 5, and a documentary session on the first day of Kindergarten or 1st grade. If you’d like more information about the session or the package, contact us. Availability of these sessions is limited.
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