On my Birthday the year my daughter was born I had a photo taken with my kids and Birthday cup cakes. Every year since, on my Birthday I have continued this tradition and look forward to taking this special photo. I now have a collection of 12 years of photos starting when my youngest was 6 months old and my eldest was 2 and a half.
I don't really care about presents on my Birthday as long as I get my "Birthday Photo" and hand made cards from my kids I'm happy. Here's a look at the last 12 years starting with my birthday on 15th September 2017. The cupcakes have been purchased from the same bakery although it has changed hands over the years and one year they ran out early so I had to buy them from the supermarket that year. As I'm the birthday girl I get to eat 2 cupcakes which is awesome!
The photos for the last 10 of the 12 years have been taken by me using a tripod and remote. Get in the pics with your kids Mums. My kids know that we get this photo every year and I've told them when they are adults they will have to come home so I can get my photo with them.
Photography doesn't always have to have the perfect camera, lens, location and lighting sometimes it's as simple as getting in the picture and treasuring the moment. Each and every one of these birthday photos is special to me and spending my birthday with the most important people in the world to me is what it's about.
I recently read a quote which perfectly describes my Birthday tradition.
"Home is the story of who we are and a collection of all the things we love"
This is how the first 9 years look side by side.