Forget about the letterboard first day of school pics, one mama has a genius first day photo tradition of her own and her idea will make you laugh.

Leslie Brooks started her fabulously funny first day photo shoots back in 2013 when her daughters were elementary school-aged. Now that her kiddos are teens (she also has a son in third grade), she’s made the pics into an annual event.


Brooks’ photos celebrate the freedom that back to school-time brings to parents, with scenes we all kind of dream about. From a relaxing doorstep massage to floating in the pool (on a unicorn while drinking a Starbucks Frap), Brooks’ pics totally nail the first day vibe—from the mom’s perspective of course.

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Sadly today is the last day of summer at my house. I have to say, this summer has been one of my favorites. The season of having really young kids has passed. No more waking up at the ungodly hour of 6am on a summer day. No more constantly needing something ALL DAY LONG. In fact, I had to wake the girls up most days! We had some awesome vacations and just spent the summer relaxing and enjoying each other. Tomorrow all 3 kids have to start new schools because of redistricting. Waking up early and homework will be the norm. I know they’ll be just fine, but this mama worries and is hoping they fit right in and enjoy their new journeys. All that being said…you better believe we will be posting our annual “Mom’s 1st day of school” pic. I kind of wasn’t into it this year (because of all of the above) but the kids are super excited about it. I’m glad this has become a fun tradition for us. In preparation, here are the last several years.

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So what do Brooks’ kiddos think of her annual photo shoots? The mom told Good Morning America, “The kids say to me all the time, ‘this is our awesome tradition.'” Brooks went on to add, “We have so much fun with it, they really have come to look forward to the pictures every year. They even started coming up with costume and prop ideas.”

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Leslie Brooks via Instagram



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