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2/25/10

i have a question

You know those families who have professional photos done every other week? What do they DO with all of the photos? It seems a waste to pay for snap-shot sized ones, and throw them in an album....but one can only have so many brightly-colored-standing-in-the-woods photos, or, vintage-styled-domestic-scenes-photos-or even the blessed mother-to-be photos. I mean, I don't care how large your house is, you will run out of wall space eventually, right?

Right?


I'd wake up with nightmares if I had a bajillion photos of myself all over, and I'm a babe.

21 comments:

MamaBear said...

yes darling, you certainly are. :D

those of us who only do the big family portrait every few years tend to replace the one on the wall and taken down the old one when it's republished.

i used to have a big family portrait, surrounded by the kids' annual school portraits. i just slid them in and out of the same frame to replace them. then i moved and i'm too depressed to put things on the wall.

now it's a pity party for me. wah!

Lena said...

I feel this way, and the only things I have hung up are GIANT pictures of me and Nik from my bridals. Nik's family had them done every year, and when the parents got divorced, no one really wanted them. Oh well. I think my family has had...well none...of the really professional kinds, but Dad took a couple every time we went anywhere. Only one hung up. Thank heavens.

Genavee said...

Ah, but for the uberstylish, last week's photos are oh so embarrassing and out of date that they can't be allowed to see the light of day. Problem solved.

Liv said...

They're printed on stretch canvas though! It's practically a work or art.

Dustin and Whit said...

this is a huge dilemma for me, I try to cut back on the photos of Halle but I just can't help myself, we have in fact run out of walls. I think I am just going to start turning her picture into wallpaper, that way I can really utilize my wall space to its fullest! Its going to be a big problem when we have another baby and I am going to have to figure out where to put all of their pictures, without taking any realestate away from Halle!

Crazy Walker said...

I think it's mostly just to put on their own blogs to show how awesome they are to everyone else.

MJ said...

You know, we've gone once a year so far, and we have so many pictures from just this most recent trip, We don't have a house big enough to hang all the pictures! I'd say rotate 'em through, but really, who takes the time to do something like that?

They'll probably just sit in the cardboard envelope until the kids get older and dig them out of storage.

Sad.

Femme Facetious said...

They...

1. Post them on family blogs laden with misspellings, annoying backgrounds, and Bryan Adams' "Everything I Do" playing on a loop.

2. They have them printed on expensive canvas and put them over a big ass fireplace. Eventually piles of them are stacked in the basement, and when the end times come they will be used as fuel. These families are truly living providently.

3. They are used as benchmarks of family righteousness--dependent upon how cute the children are, how stylish/skinny the mom is, and how much hair the dad still has left.

Not a fan, personally...can you tell :P

Ru said...

I think those elaborate-awesome photo shoots are for the sole purpose of putting pictures online for the entire world to see. Am I jealous that you got to put on a sassy vintage dress with a jeweled headband, designer baby on your hip, and husband with absurdly metro hair and scruff to take a sienna-toned picture that looks EXACTLY like the ones from the new JCrew and Anthropologie catalogues? In a weird way, yes.

But when I was a kid, our family took pictures once a year or less. And no one enjoyed the experience. And nobody looked good. And those are family memories worth having.

Aunt Spicy said...

I go to Glamor Shots each time I am in the mall. Though I am partial to the pearlized portraits, I mix it up since I go once a month. I have them all framed and hanging on the walls in my guest bathroom...or my "vanity" room. With all my awards from when I was a cheerleader.

The Boob Nazi said...

But don't you want those awkward pictures of you and your spouse holding hands and standing five feet apart?!?!?!?!?

Brooke said...

Ru -- You are awesome.

Family picture memories can be totally traumatic (like the time my mom made me wear a giant bow in my hair and I was 14 not 4) but somehow I totally want my hypothetical children to have them. Just not every year. And not in Ambercrombie.

The Boob Nazi said...

Oh yeah.... And when I was younger, the people at the portrait studio told us we were THE WORST FAMILY they'd ever taken pictures of. It was awesome.

April said...

I'm pretty sure that the vintage dress and the jeweled headband are going to seem as ridiculous 15 years from now as my big bangs and over-sized sweater seem in my old family pictures. It is the nature of the family picture. Which is why you need to celebrate it. We just moved, but my plan is to have them as you walk up the stairs. My plan is to put the newest one at the bottom of the stairs and the oldest at the top. That way, only people who know us well enough to be in our upstairs will see the older pictures where I have a mullet. I am actually not joking about this (my plan or the mullet, unfortunately).

SammyStewart said...

You've forgotten the conscientiously casual white-shirts-blue-jeans barefoot family picture that, despite their carefree ensemble, looks completely orchestrated...

Nicole said...

So our family lives in bizarro Mormon world where we have never -- NEVER -- had professional family pictures taken. And we have been married for almost 12 years. And we have 3 kids.

I'm almost tempted to see if we can make it to 20 years without a professional photo...

JustMe said...

You don't have a professional picture taken every week? I'm so ashamed of you. I will forgive you if you promise to have professional picture taken of any children you may have in the future. You must have these pictures taken EVERY day because children change so much. I am positive you will have THE cutest children every born, and will in no way be bored when you force them to look at a million pictures of your perfect baby, being held by perfect you, with perfect husband completing the picture.

This entire topic reminds me of my favorite (and timely) song......................
"your so vain"


love your blogs cause you're always dead on

Mrs. Clark said...

Well, there is a school of thought that suggests personal photos (including the ones of great-grandma on her wedding day) be on display only in the private areas of the house. I subscribe to this school of thought, by the way...
...and my husband takes lots of pictures and our albums are always terrific because of him. We've only had a couple of professional photos taken in 30 years with 3 kids.

Colt said...

I agree I hate going to people's homes that have nothing but professional family portraits of themselves up. It doesn't tell me anything about you. I like seeing ones that are taken on a vacation or with friends. I personally made the decree that there needed to be a lot of photos of pre-married life on our walls, so as to indicate that we had lives before each other.

JustMe said...

As my 19-year-old soon to be MCB daughter said when I offered to loan her my camera for a recent visit to Idaho "MOM, I don't like to take pictures, I like to BE IN pictures"

She probably scarred because we never had a family photo made. I'm kind of sad about that because when I'm gone, how will my children remember me?

rachel said...

Amen ;)