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Birthday Traditions: Family Photos

Updated on March 8, 2011

Take the Perfect Birthday Party Photo!

Everybody takes photos at their kid's birthday parties, right? But, do you have a special family photo tradition?

Taking an "official" photo each year in the same way, or at the same place, will become a special celebration of life.

It's a quick and simple way to document your kid's childhood - and when your child is grown, these 18 or 21 pictures will tell quite a story!

Birthday themes come and go, but it's the traditions that create comfort and consistency in our lives.

Check out the photo traditions below and tell us which ones you like best!

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Photo Tips

What makes this photo special is you. As long as you designate it as the "official" birthday photo - it's the "official" birthday photo!

While your child goes through many changes, trying to keep some things consistent will lend continuity to your series.

For example, shoot all horizontal or vertical photos. And try to capture the photo in the same place - always at the kitchen table, in the living room, in the backyard.

It's OK to start these traditions at any age and continue them only as long as they feel right for your family. Even if it's only something you do for a few years, don't worry, some traditions change over time.

Don't stress about it too much, there is always so much going on at birthdays, you might forget, or just not get the shot you want. you can always re-stage it later if you want.

Create a special photo tradition from heirloom photos

With services like ScanCafe, it's easy to recreate photo traditions with your grown children, your self, or even your parents.

Try comparing your 5th birthday party to your child's . The possibilities are endless.

Start Your Tradition Today!

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It doesn't take any money to start a birthday tradition. Just some creativity and love will make your child feel like king or queen for the day. But, if you are in the market to pick up an heirloom piece, my birthday tradition shop might have just what you're looking for!

May all your birthdays be happy!

What are your favorite photo traditions?

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      ATStdo 5 years ago

      Wonderful way to keep all the Years from reeling into one! Happy Day! Happy Birthday!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the traditions! Thanks for the ideas!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Birthday Banners make me smile, lov the links !

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      very cool site