December 10, 2007
In previous years, I would coerce my husband into making the hike out to some spot up in the mountains to snap a picture of our family. As the family photographer and videographer, we've got plenty of pictures of the kids, solo, with each other, with each parent, with other families and friends. However, in the mix of the hundreds of pictures we take over the year, we can never get it together to take a picture of our family. And if we do, inevitably, somebody is caught not looking, with their eyes closed, or not smiling. The first year, when my son was about 9 months old, we spent Thanksgiving in the Wallowa Mountains. We trekked our way on snowshoes into some remote area of "Little Switzerland" and somehow as our digital camera teetered precariously on some rock, we managed to capture this fantastic photo. This year, we decided to go the route to get some professional help from Dimples Photography. Though the pictures turned out fantastic, we have probably missed our deadline to send out holiday cards by the end of the year! Oh well, but as I reminisce on our little adventure to Eastern Oregon, I am inspired to DIY a good family picture in the new year for the next holiday season. Do you partake in the holiday card sending / giving tradition? Do you do-it-yourself, or do use the services of a professional photographer? I'm also curious if anyone sends out electronic holiday cards, or is that too impersonal?