Props, poses take first day of school photos to new level

When Rebecca Dulgarian was growing up in Huntington Beach, Calif., her mother faithfully documented the first day of school with a simple photograph. “We always posed in front of the same tree in the front yard,” Dulgarian said. “It was just one of those yearly milestones, almost like a holiday.” For generations, back-to-school pictures have been an annual ritual for many families, chronicling the freshly-pressed outfits, trimmed and combed hair, toothless grins and either optimism or anxiety t...

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