Back to school photo inspiration & Digitalab competition winner announced!


The idea for this back to school photo feature and competition came on the back of the Daily Mash’s latest article ” Get that uniform on and get against the door, school children told” article. It made the team and I at Digitalab laugh and at the same time it sparked an idea to launch a competition to banish the myth that all back to school photos need to be the same!

Whether it’s indoor or studio portraits, outdoor or documentary style images, the choice of how to photograph your child’s start of school year is endless. You can see all the images from an amazing collective of UK based photographers in the video below and also the winner of the competition who wins a stunning 20 x 16-inch frame from Digitalab. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted images and I hope you enjoy them! If you would like to join our group to participate in future features please visit here on facebook.




Winner of the back to school competition


Congratulations to Amanda from Amanda Jane Dalby Photography 

We loved the blend of a traditional portrait and uniform with a modern monochrome edit – the perfect mix of old and new.

The team from Digitalab will be in touch with details of your prize.



3 minutes of Back to School photo inspiration from a collective of UK photographers


Inspiration for outdoor portraits

Using outdoors as a natural backdrop can create a more relaxed portrait and add some real colour and life into an image. Below are examples of different ways to create outdoor portraits.


Ideas for indoor and studio portraits

There are so many classic and more contemporary was of taking a school portrait indoors. Below are a number of great examples


Ideas for documenting the kids getting ready

It’s the little details that can bring the memories flooding back- new shoes, putting a tie on for the first time and carrying the school backpack. Here are some wonderful examples of how different photographers have documented these moments on the first day back to school.


Photographing the walk, bus or ride to school

Alongside the getting ready and school uniform shots, taking the camera on the walk to school also means you can capture some great moments. Some of the photographers have captured their child’s first time getting on a bus or walking to school on their own.


Thanks to all of the amazing photographers that contributed!