A big thank-you to super mom, blogger and guest contributor this month, Christine Bruckmann from Just Another Edmonton Mommy, for partnering with us and for sharing her top tips for taking your own back to school photos this September.


It’s back to school season and that also means that school photos are just around the corner! Not only are school photos a great way to capture the memory of the start of your child’s school year, but they are also a tradition for many families. 

The reality however is that within the last 6 months many family budgets have been negatively impacted leaving barely anything for extras. It has also been reported that up to 30% of students have chosen at-home learning for the first semester, according to Edmonton Public Schools.

The good news though, is that regardless of your situation, these memories can still be preserved by taking your own back to school photos. And with little to no money needing to be spent. 


First things first, you don’t need to have fancy camera equipment to take a decent picture. Many new phones take better pictures than actual stand-alone cameras do. With the help of a good location and some photo editing apps you can proudly display those candid school photos - that you took yourself!

Choosing Your Location

There are so many great locations in and around Edmonton that you can use as a backdrop for school photos. From playgrounds to pergolas, nature trails and more the options are endless and can be chosen based on your child’s likes and personality.

Some locations to consider include:

  • Your favourite playgrounds

  • Pergola behind Clareview Recreation Centre

  • St. Albert Botanic Park

  • Mactaggart Sanctuary Trail

  • Wolf Willow Stairs

  • Henrietta Muir Edwards Park

  • The many instagrammable walls around our city

Setting Up the Location

Using props in your school photos is a great way to add character and represent your child’s personality. There are many things that you can utilize in the pictures that you already have in your home which include backpacks, favourite books, stools for height, and neutral colour blankets to sit on. 

If you’re looking to add a little bit more of a theme, classic options are school year signs, big red apples, and of course black-rimmed glasses. Need some inspiration? Pinterest and the dollar store are a great place to browse!

Editing Your Photos

Once you’ve got all of your pictures taken, there are many apps (with free options) available to edit them. Whether you want to enhance the colour, lighten them up, or even create a photo collage here are a few apps I enjoy using:

The nice thing is that there are quite a few options for you to print photos in different sizes around Edmonton which include McBain Camera, Costco, Staples and Walmart just to name a few! This is probably where you spend most or all of your money, but the places listed above offer their cheapest prints for 15-40 cents/print. 

Whatever your child’s school year looks like this year, this is a great cost-effective way to capture a child’s 2020/2021 school year photos!


Christine Bruckmann is the blogger behind Just Another Edmonton Mommy, one of Edmonton's most trusted resources for families. Born and raised in Edmonton she loves to explore and write about local events, playgrounds, travel and other family-friendly activities. You can follow her blog at www.JustAnotherEdmontonMommy.com

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