So I was browsing blogrolls the other day, and came across the question, “Have you ever wondered how to take your photo books from blah to great?” Well, no, can’t say I have.
But hey, more power to her. Some families are more into photo albums and photos more generally than others. And hers definitely look great. We’re so far in the other direction that we didn’t even hire a wedding photographer.
We have an album from our wedding that my MIL made. NOBODY LOOKS AT IT. It will probably be looked at again if/when our children get married. Or have to do a school project that requires pictures of us. Maybe it will bring us solace in our old age, I dunno. Does anybody ever look at wedding photo albums after the first year of marriage? (Not counting the obligatory wedding day photo that all my male colleagues have next to their computer monitors.)
Every once and a while my MIL clears out her stuff and sends us a ton of old pictures that she took for posterity but no longer wants around her house, because photos are really best enjoyed in small quantities. Maybe three years ago she sent us a huge amount of pictures from our wedding that didn’t make it into the album. We’ve got those too. I don’t think we’re ever going to organize them.
We take pictures, though not as many as a lot of families, and I like having them electronic. We’ve occasionally crafted picture calendars as Christmas presents for the grandparents, though currently my SIL has declared that to be her thing. I also like having pictures date-stamped because it makes it easier to tell who (DC1 and DC2 look remarkably alike) and when and so on. That hurts their potential as works of art, but helps in the posterity realm.
I value the ancient photo album that some ancestor of mine put together, with my grandmother showing up only as a baby. And it was neat to flip through old pictures of my parents a few times when I was a kid. We’re also the keeper of DH’s grandma’s old family album, possibly because we would ask her about her genealogy work before she had to downsize. My in-laws’ current decoration scheme is family pictures (and every time we visit, we get formal pictures done of the entire extended family), so I know very well what my DH and his family looked like as children.
But I don’t think we need a photo book or album for every year or every event or whatever. As a side-note: I had an ex-boyfriend whose mom had decorated with every single one of his formal school pictures (framed) in order in a line around her living room. That felt like overkill, even just showing pre-K through 12.
So, I dunno, I guess our immediate family is sparse with the pictures (unlike, say, DH’s family). We have a few here and there and not all of them are presents made at school or framed gifts from the in-laws (though admittedly, most of them are). And we’ve got electronic pictures on the internet that are backed up occasionally, and hard-copy photos from the in-laws and from various school pictures. In theory it would be nice to have one picture album, say, documenting our marriage and our children’s entire childhood. Maybe DC1 or DC2 can put one of those together in a decade or two. Then we can show it to their potential significant others and their future children. More than that might take up too much valuable shelf space.
Where are you on the photo album continuum?