These Parents Officially Win for Best Back-to-School Photo This Year

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When Vicky and Jeff Piper started their family, they didn’t have Facebook and Instagram to post over-the-top pregnancy announcements or pic after pic of their newborn kiddos. So their viral “Empty Nester” photo shoot is kind of making up for it.

The couple recently sent their youngest child off to college. As we all know, moving from stage to stage of life isn’t always easy. But instead of tearful posts about how lonely they’ll be without their kiddos under their roof, the Pipers took a totally different approach.

The proud parents celebrated their new stage of life with a sweet outdoor photo session, holding a chalkboard that read, “Empty Nest August 2018.”

Along with the pics, Vicky posted, “20 years ago we didn’t have gender reveal parties, portraits in beautiful fields with baby shoes to announce a pregnancy. Nor did we have baby photos on a blanket with a circle around a number showing how old they were. We drove our babies to sears or Olan Mills to get their photo!!!!”

Yep, that’s right. Things sure were different for mamas back in the late ’90s and early 2000s. The new empty nester mom also added, “So in honor of our next chapter…here you go” with the couple’s cute photos added afterwards.

It seems like the internet pretty much agrees that this empty nester photo shoot is one of the best back-to-school season photos out there, and we totally agree.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Tiago Muraro via Unsplash



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