Monday, January 27, 2014

First Child Privileges

My mother-in-law has a hallway lined of portraits of her children taken at two years of age. Of course, ever since I was a silly, day-dreaming girlfriend I couldn't wait until we could start our own hall of Harrington two-year-olds.

Since Ryan is a privileged first born, he will probably be the only one of our undetermined number of children who gets his pictures taken within a month of turning two. Lucky you, sweet boy. It makes up for all the snow-covered driveways you will have to shovel before we spring for a snow blower for your younger siblings. I left Conor with our favorite Becca and David. I told Ryan we were going on a date, just the two of us. His reply was, "Going on date! I get crackers!" Hmm. Crackers! We must be raising a cheap date.

It went about as well as I expected it to so it is a good thing I had very low expectations. Very, very low. From his running through the lingerie section shouting, "Mama! Boobies!" to a loud narration of his bodily functions in the not very clean bathroom store to his many attempts to get past the barricade blocking him from joining another family's portrait, I was ready to just accept any photo that captured the little firecracker with both eyes open.

Okay, that's not really true. I threw every bribe in the book at him to somehow get that stubborn boy on the background. And I won.

Here's the framer that has yet to be framed ... or printed:
Two years old captured for all of eternity.
We just went to a mall photographer because as much as I love the candid, outdoor photography that all of the best child photographers do, I just wanted a classic portrait for this budding hallway series of mine. I want them all to match with black backgrounds and simple clothes ... but hopefully they don't all match Ryan's stubborn camera refusal that he gets from a certain someone I know. 

Ahem, Chris.


  1. What a fun-to-read post, Katrina. :) And such a cute picture of your handsome little guy!

  2. What a cutie pie! I'd say your hallway is off to a great start!

  3. Win! Congrats on a great picture!

  4. Aw, Ryan looks adorable! What a sweet face.

    My mom has a similar tradition of putting up every kid's high school graduation photos in our front hallway, which she copied from my dad's mom, so it's another mother-in-law-inspired tradition. The only downside is there's a much longer wait to get up there than with two-year-old photos!

  5. What a cutie and what an awesome idea for a hallway of toddler pictures! Perfect age to capture because they aren't in the everyone-looks-the-same-newborn phase and have a personality of their own. Like! :)

  6. So cute!! My grandmother had a wall of all the grandchildren with dark clothes and dark backgrounds. Then she started in the great-grandchildren with white clothes and white backgrounds. I loved seeing my kids up there! She's gone now and I have all my kids' portraits in my house now - and my Dad has me and my sisters in his.