Works for me

In my 18 years of mothering, I have had my kids’ portraits taken a fair number of times.   As my family grew, I faced the dilemma of which older ones to display after getting newer ones made.

I happened upon a solution that worked very well for my family.  On my stairway wall, I display two pictures of each of my children, one taken around the age of 18 months or so, and the other a current one.   That way, along with the recent portrait, I still get the delight of looking at my children’s sweet baby faces every day.   And yet, by limiting the photos to two per child, the display is also somewhat orderly.

A happy coincidence is that I decided on the 18-month picture as the representative ‘baby’ portrait for each child before I even knew that we would be adopting two children who did not come home until 18 months. 

If I had chosen to display each child’s newborn picture, it would have seemed a little odd to have two kids shown as toddlers when the rest were infants.   But as it is, the wall has a pleasing  continuity from child to child.

Also, as each child reaches 18 years of age, outgrowing the yearly JCPenney photo shoot, I plan to continue to display their 18-year photo along with their 18-month photo, which will also lend a nice continuity to my photo wall.

Works for me!

(See Rocks In My Dryer for other great ideas.)

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  1. What a darling idea! I love it.

  2. How creative you are!!

    I have also heard of those who have so many pics. that they could never possibly put them all out placing one or two or something like behind the picture that is showing in the frame, and every so often they go and move the picture in the front of the frame to the back of the frame and move the next in line to the front of the frame…I guess it alll depends on the frame and picture though…LOL

  3. What a great idea! I'm going to use this one as we have lots of pictures and I'm forever trying to figure out how to display them.

    Are the pictures on top 8X10's and the ones on bottome 5×7's?

  4. Great idea! In my parents' house, each child has a frame and all of their yearly pictures are piled in the same frame with the most current one up front. Every year when we had to place the new picture, it was always a lot of fun to rediscover the older pictures. But your idea of also having an older picture framed is great!! I really consider doing it! 🙂

  5. Oops! I forgot to log off my corneillezone account. The previous comment is from me!

  6. Wow, what a great way to organize the photos. We have been trying to figure out what to do, because we love seeing the little pictures too!! I think this is what we may try…thanks for the pointer!

  7. great idea! We struggle with the same thing and have random photos everywhere, this is a much better approach.

  8. I love it. I have pictures all in my hallway with tons of pictures. I love to surround myself with family pictures.

  9. Very clever! I like that idea. 🙂

  10. The pictures on top are 10 x 13's and the ones on the bottom are 8 x 10's.

  11. That is an excellent idea!

  12. This is such a sweet idea! I know that it must make you smile just to see them! We've done something similar with the multiple opening frame mats you can purchase.

    I love to look at my children and how they have grown!

  13. Neat idea. I have a grouping for each child, but it looks alittle cluttered. I like the nice clean look you have.

    I had wanted to get pictures made for display for each of our kids at 6 months, but it didn't happen. But I do have pictures of each of them at 5 years old, and some day I want to make a display of those with the sr. portraits (but my youngest won't be a sr. for a few years yet.)

  14. Looks great!!

  15. We have the K – 12th school days photo mats so we can see them "grow up". They grow up so fast! Senior pictures up for the 4 older kids and current shots of the little one.

  16. That is the best idea!! I love it! Thank you!!

  17. Good idea. I know what you mean about matching the picture- ages of your adopted kids. We've had a baby picture hanging up for each of our boys that was taken when they were each about 6 months old, and I'm very attached to them. Sarah then came home at 7 months old, so I rushed out within the first few weeks and got her portrait taken to add to the wall ASAP. But she still has that traumatized look in that photo… and I couldn't bear to keep THAT up long-term. We next got one taken just before her 1st birthday, and it was so much better. She's such a little thing compared to those big guys (at a year old, she was still a pound or two lighter than the 6 month old brother next to her on the wall!) and, in the photo, she's propped like a younger baby, so it works visually and I'm OK with the technical inconsistency!

    How is your eldest daughter doing, with several weeks of college under her belt now?

  18. I did exactly this above my computer. But I so love how yours looks going up the stairwell. Wish I had a stairwell now! :v)

  19. great idea.

    we have a few black and whites at the top of our stairs of our son for now, but once we have more kids, we'll need to come up with a better system. Thanks for the great idea!

  20. That is a terrific idea. With seven grandchildren I am absolutely out of wall space (and surface space too for that matter). I think I could make that work.

  21. My neighbor, mother of 11, does the same thing!