Life, Love and Memories

Let’s make history

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a few well-chosen sentences can turn a simple photograph into a living family history.


Memories are forever

Legacy Books are way of preserving the past. If your old family photos are torn or a bit worn, they can be re-photographed. By professionally printing and adding photos that are languishing in shoe boxes and your smart phone, we can turn a scattered timeline into a beautifully bound book that will be treasured and passed down to future generations.


If you have stories associated with the people and treasures, you can hand write messages identifying your loved ones or add vintage pieces or other mementos to help tell the story. Was your uncle in the armed forces? Why not use his dog tags, other medals and memorabilia to bring that time to life.


Don’t know much about history

If you walked through you parent’s house, would you know which items they were attached to? And I’m not talking just about what’s considered valuable. I’m talking about their collections and personal items; things that meant something to them.


It’s important to preserve the memories attributed to these seemingly worthless treasures, no matter how little they may be worth from the world’s point of view.


Here are some ideas on how to “capture” time:


  • Visit your parents and ask them about their treasures and the stories behind them.
  • Make an appointment for a family photo session.
  • Bring the treasures, old photos and written sentiments you would like included to be used as props during your portrait session, and to be use in your Legacy Book.
  • We’ll assemble these treasures into a cherished family heirloom.


All buttoned up

After my mother passed, I visited her home and noticed a jar of buttons sitting on the shelf. My mother collected buttons of all shapes, colors, and sizes. When we children lost a button from our clothing, our mom always had the perfect replacement in her jar.


There’s no monetary value to these buttons and nowadays clothing is easily replaceable, and we don’t really need to sew on buttons very often.


Well, I took that jar of buttons home with me and it now sits on one of my shelves. When I look at it in passing, I’m reminded of my mother and how she took good care of us.  A smile comes to my face each time.


Now, I can’t put a whole Mason jar of buttons in a memory book, but I can take a picture of it and set it next to a photograph of my mother. By doing this I not only get to see my beautiful mother, but I’m reminded of the joy her collection brought to her.


A well-crafted Legacy Book will give you moments of pleasure when remembering those special and perfect days spent with your loved ones. So, for the next generation, leave your legacy by collecting, identifying, and organizing those images hidden in a shoebox.

Your family will thank you for the heirloom.


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I am a Southern California based Portrait, Commercial and Fine Art Photographer who sees the world a bit differently.


You can view more of my work here > Donna Edman Photography.
If you’d like to book a session, I’d be honored > Contact Me.

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