How to create an heirloom with photographs // Meaningful Wedding Photography


How to create an heirloom with photographs // Meaningful Wedding Photography

1950s vintage engagement photo

Probably around the age I learned to talk, my grandpa began a tradition of walking me over to their antique sideboard and pointing to a black and white photo. In the photo, two young, happy people sat at a restaurant table. “Do you know who that beautiful woman is?” He would always answer for me, “that is your grandmother. Isn’t she magnificent? That was the night I proposed to her.”

This is my grandparents’ engagement photo and my favorite piece of their legacy. To this day when I visit, my grandpa walks me over to this photo and tells me about how he fell in love with my grandma. I keep a framed print of it on my desk because I love being reminded of their story. 

The photo of my grandparents continually inspires me to give my whole heart to my clients as I help them create legacies of their own. I think about their grandchildren someday treasuring those photos as heirlooms and part of their own origin story. This is why I love making albums for my clients. 



Ever since I began making prints of my own photos and displaying them in frames and albums, I started to feel a lot more connected to my memories, my loved ones and the importance of prioritizing them in my life. I put up photos around my kitchen and my desk so that I see them every day when I make coffee and sit down to work. I like to flip through my albums and reminisce about what has been most memorable in my life. When visitors come over, I get to tell them about the people I love most in my life when they point and ask about certain photos.  Those little in-between moments when I stop and look at those photos– those are tiny moments of joy that make my day-to-day unquestionably better.


 flush mount wedding photo album

giza pyramids

I love this photo of me as a kid in Egypt because both of my parents took the photo, in effect. My mom took this photo of me holding another photo taken (by my dad) in the same spot years earlier.  Both photos were taken with my first camera, an analog 35mm Canon Rebel. I feel even more connected to this print because I remember making it in my mom’s darkroom as a kid.



The most valuable thing you can pass on is your story. So print your photos, friends. Frame them and hang them up. Put them in your wallet. Gather them into albums and display them on your coffee table. Mail them to your family members. Don’t let your memories become lost. Digital photos are not real if they don’t exist outside of a computer. The photo you can hold is the memory you will connect with more deeply and more often. The photo you can hold is also the memory you can pass on.


One of my favorite ways to easily make a small album is through Artifact Uprising. They are not paying me to say this. Check them out here



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