When Sly was a baby, Tom told me about a nice tradition from his family. His paternal grandparents had fourteen children (!). Every year, the family all gathered out on the front porch, and had a photo taken. Tom remembers visiting his grandparents' home as a young child, and seeing years' worth of those yearly family photos, all framed and lined up on the wall chronologically. He talked about how neat it was to see the family grow and change each year. We immediately decided that we should start up the same tradition ourselves.
We put our camera on the tripod, set the timer, and snapped our first photo right then.
We realized that we'd have a better chance of remembering to take the picture each year if we associated it with a specific date. Since Mother's Day had occurred a few days earlier, that became our official family photo day.
I love that we're taking these pictures each year. And I think there's something appealing to the "homemade" aspect of them - we don't have to worry about dressing up or hiring a professional photographer each year. We just set up the tripod and go - come-as-you-are. And having my family indulge me once a year and sit down for this photo (okay, I won't lie, we take about ten shots, and I choose the one I like best!) is truly one of the greatest Mothers Day gifts I can think of.
My only wish is that we had thought to start it our first year together, when it was just Tom and I. That would really kick off the photo series well. I may just print out a wedding photo in the same size, and add it at the beginning of the line.
I'm so excited to see how this year's picture turns out. We'll have a new front porch and a new addition to the family! If anyone likes this idea, feel free to steal it and start the tradition in your own families. It's never too late! And I'd love to see how your picture turns out :-)