As the children got older, matching tee shirts or everyone in their Christmas sweater in some unnatural pose all trying to smile at the same time became the goal. This annual family picture was taken usually at Disneyland, Olan Mills or in Grandma's backyard. These were then followed by the yearly school picture, with the same blue background. And to be honest, if everyone smiled, the pictures looked great. To me. At the time.
Enter the year 2011. Not much has changed. Except that a lot has changed. Clothing is chosen carefully, (now called styling) and smiles are still solicited. My son and his wife are photographers. My niece is a photographer. Their friends, and friends and more friends are photographers. They are featured in magazines and art shows and will never take their children to Sears. Their family pictures look like magazine covers instead of the pictures that have adorned my walls for years. And to be honest, I like it. I have a wall that I have decided needs family pictures and these are samplings of the photos I have to choose from. What do you think?