My first baby started kindergarten on Wednesday.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

I have no idea how this happened; I swear she was 3 just yesterday.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

I wanted to do a special photo shoot to mark this precious milestone of her life.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

So I was thinking of that old tradition of bringing your teacher an apple on the first day of school and thought how cool it would be to do this special first day of school photo shoot in an apple orchard. We have plenty right in our backyard here in Wisconsin.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

After I settled on the location, all the props quickly fell into place. I started hunting for an old wooden school desk, which I actually found really quickly on a local garage sale Facebook page for $20. Next, I hunted down an old fashioned apple crate on the same garage sale page and again, found one really quickly for $10. After that I picked up a chalkboard at Walmart for $2 and painted it purple, my baby girl’s favorite color. To continue with the old fashioned look, I asked my mom to cover a couple of hardcover books with paper grocery bags, because I couldn’t remember how to do it! Some crayons, her backpack, and fresh apples from the orchard we were shooting at finished off the look.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

We lucked out and got beautiful weather on our scheduled day, and viola–a perfect first day of school photo shoot.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

All pictures were taken by the talented Lydia Bjorhus. You can check out her Facebook page here.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

Lydia did such a wonderful job capturing all the different sides of our little girl.

She captured Eowyn’s excitement at starting school.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

Eowyn’s wise beyond her years maturity and grace.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

As well as her contagious silly side.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

First Day of School Apple Orchard

It was exactly what I had envisioned and then some.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

I could not be prouder of our first little girl. She is everything that is good and pure and lovely.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

She had a great first week at school, and I have no doubt that she will excel this year.

First Day of School Apple Orchard

Mommy loves you sweet girl <3

First Day of Kindergarten

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