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A wonderful way to create a family tradition with the photographs in your own family is to pick one day every year that you decide to take photos with the kids. I do it on Father's Day and I do it as a gift for my husband. We go outside, we go to the park or the beach, and we take photos of him with the kids. At the end, I put my camera on a tripod and I jump in and we have a great family photo. It's the same day every year, and seeing those photos on the wall, it just creates a feeling of, "Look at us. Here's our family over the years." And then we know exactly when it happened. And it's just such a beautiful thing to look at, and the kids feel really excited about it too. The way you can do it yourself if you don't want to do a Father's Day shoot is you can take any day of the year and create a rally cool photo shoot; you can do cupcakes, you can make pancakes, you can go out in the park and stage a photo shoot with your kids. I love the idea, for example, doing something in October and having a pumpkin carving party. And it becomes almost like a magazine shoot with your kids. And they are excited to participate, you'll get great family photos, and every year you can look at those photos and know that this is your family tradition.

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Ulrica Wihlborg

"Picture Perfect" Mom

Ulrica Wihlborg has spent over a decade as a staff writer and editor at People magazine in Los Angeles, heading up the celebrity weddings and baby sections. Her work has been honored by Reporters Without Borders, she is the recipient of the Henry R. Luce Award for Breaking News and she's been interviewed on CNN, Extra!, E! Entertainment and E! True Hollywood Story.

She's also an accomplished photographer who was chosen as one of the top portrait photographers in the U.S. by Rangefinder magazine in 2009. Her photographs have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, as well as published in Oprah At Home, C magazine, Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Parents magazine, Parent & Child and more.  She is the photographer of two books authored by Entertainment Tonight co-anchor Nancy O’Dell.  

In July 2012, shortly after welcoming her third child, Ulrica decided to leave People magazine and move to a small town in her native Sweden to spend more time with her family. She's now the founder and editor of the design and lifestyle blog Sweden With Love, which merges her curiosity about design with her love for journalism and photography. She lives in a yellow house with her husband Craig and their three young children Axel, Gustav and Liv.

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