When my children have a birthday I take them out and spend some time taking photos of them. It’s a fun tradition that allows me to spend some one on one time with them as well as to document how they have grown. We also plan something that either shows their personality or something that is important to them that year. As my oldest son turned 8 this year and had chosen to be baptised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we decided to do his photos at our local temple.
Photos outside in November on the Prairies? Yah, not the easiest! It was about -10C and even colder with the windchill. Joshua was a trooper though and he had a hat and gloves that he wore in between pictures. We ended up going back a second day hoping it would be a bit warmer. However, it wasn’t. Oh well!
We brought along a Book of Mormon and my son wore his Sunday best. Then we just walked around the grounds and tried pictures from different angles. The pictures aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination (the weather, the landscaping, scratches on my lens, I could go on and on…) and none of them have been edited. I had a good time with my son though and we ended up using the third picture below as a display at his baptism.
I think that sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to “to get everything perfect” or “get the best picture” but really, it’s the memories that are important.
Below are some simple ideas for pictures for an 8th birthday/baptism for an LDS child. If you don’t have a temple nearby then head to your local chapel or to a park.
Have you ever done pictures for your child’s birthday?