Around a year ago now I randomly decided to start taking photos of my girls as we left the house each morning. I don’t really know why I started doing it, I just decided to take a photo one day as Mads was wearing a particularly sweet outfit, and she wanted to send a picture to ‘show Grandma’ who had bought it for her. The next time we did it, LL joined in on the photo too, and soon I was taking a photo of them on a regular basis.
The location is not exactly glamorous- it’s in front of our white, slightly peeling, garage door, but for some reason we have taken a photo in front of it at least a couple of times a week ever since. My girl’s are reasonably good at having their photo taken, especially considering I often have my camera pointed at them, but I find that as soon as my DSLR comes out, if you ask them to look at the camera you inevitably get a silly face or no response at all. When it comes to my DSLR, it’s a lot better to capture them naturally rather than asking them to look. But bizarrely, they absolutely love taking these iPhone photos in front of our garage door, so for whatever reason it has become a real ordinary moment of ours.
I absolutely love dressing my girls, I am a really big fan of children’s fashion and I love finding outfits that match without completely dressing them the same- whether that be colours, styles or other little ways of making them a little coordinated each day. I know that in years to come I will love looking back at the outfits they used to wear, long after we have given all the old clothes away.
But more than that, I love that by taking a photo of them in the same place each time, I am getting to see how much they are growing and changing. They are growing at such a drastic rate and I can’t quite believe how different they are from even less than a year ago. I also love capturing funny things they bring out the house with them- they generally always have to bring a toy or some other random little object from home with them when we go out. Plus of course, I love it when I take a photo of them interacting together or smiling happily.
It’s a strange little tradition to have started, but it’s definitely become an every day part of our lives. Mads and LL leave our front door and straight away walk towards our garage, even when it’s a nursery day and we are in a hurry, or I wasn’t actually planning on taking a photo of them. I love that we will have them all to look back on in many years to come.