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Say “Cheese”

March 6, 2011 by  
Filed under J.Reich

It’s hard to believe, but Austin, my “baby,” will turn four years old in a few weeks! When I look at him, I still see a beautiful baby, but I’m sure other people see a handsome little boy.

When my older son, Tyler, (age five), was born a dear friend of mine gave me a membership to a photo place called the Picture People. I took Tyler there each month his first year to have his photo taken. My husband thought I was nuts. Each month, I bought a sheet of wallet-sized photos and two 5X7s. I sent wallets to my parents, in-laws, each of our siblings, and a few close friends. We sent one 5X7 to my inlaws, who live far from here, and I saved the other 5X7 to hang on our wall.

Lo and behold, after a few short months, our family started to ask us, “Where’s this month’s photo?” They didn’t think it was silly at all, and they enjoyed seeing our baby grow as much as we did. After that first year, I’ve had Tyler’s photo taken once a year on his birthday. Then when Austin was born, I did the same: I had his photo taken once a month for his first year and then once a year after that. Each year at Christmas, I have their photos taken together to send out with cards.

I have to admit, I’ve spent many agonizing moments at the Picture Place, and now Portrait Innovations, which opened up closer to my home, about the cost. But in hindsight, I haven’t regretted a single cent that I spent on those photos. They are precious to me.

TIme to make the appointment for Austin’s photo! I can’t wait!

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