For years I have made documentary films for which we built small sets that re-created slices of life, places in time, memories and tributes to people’s lives and accomplishments. The props included photographs, trophies, medals, jewelry, trinkets and other cherished memorabilia. The footage we shot created drama and brought the people and their stories to life. I have recently applied this concept to still images, commissioned and created in a way that is personal to each and every client. I call them "Life Stories". 

 "Life is Beautiful" A commissioned piece for the Morrissey family.

"Life is Beautiful" A commissioned piece for the Morrissey family.

These fine art commissions can be as customized as you like and range from simple tabletop photos to elaborate location-fantasy images. If you would like to read how I created the image above for the Morrissey Family please read my "Life is Beautiful" blog post here

 "Engagement". An image that celebrates love, happiness and a new chapter in life.

"Engagement". An image that celebrates love, happiness and a new chapter in life.

 

If you have a special moment or memory that you would like captured please contact me. If not for yourself, then maybe for a family member, friend or colleague. If you don't like wine and cheese here are a few other suggestions to get your ideas flowing:

Memory Portraits

 Commemorate a life well lived, a great accomplishment, a moment in time or simply celebrate your love of family. Lets gather cherished items from your past such as photos, jewelry, medals, awards, toys and whatever else that brings brings the memories rushing back and assemble them in a beautifully lit arrangement. I call them “Memory portraits” and I have done hundreds of these for documentaries on film and am now doing them for clients as photographs. They are fun and a great way to tell the story of lives well lived.

 "Teatime at Grandma & Grandpa's House". Using family photos and heirlooms I created this tribute to days gone by.

"Teatime at Grandma & Grandpa's House". Using family photos and heirlooms I created this tribute to days gone by.

 

Here are a few examples to get your mind wondering:

Home Sweet Home 

Childhood Memories (sports memorabilia & trophies, the arts, diplomas and other accomplishments)

Family Tribute (estate and/or personal items)

Professional/Military Career Tribute (Historical Items, media/press clippings, written testimonials, awards, medals, plaques)

Travel & Events (memorabilia, tickets, collectables, trinkets)

Birth / Infancy (clothing, toys, stuffed animals, blankets, décor)

Pride and Joy Portraits

Do you ever wish you had a great picture of that house you grew up in, that old car restored or the boat you learned to sail or your prized collection? If you look around, today’s pride and joy is tomorrow’s memory so whatever that object is that is you are so very proud of, let’s shoot it, frame it and cherish it forever.

Special & Fantasy Moments

Who doesn't like to think about those special things we do or dream that we might? Here are a few special moments to remind you of every time you set eyes on it:  

Breakfast on the Lanai

Cocktails at the Club.

Romantic Fantasy Date for Two

Family & Friends Dinner (Themed cuisine…Italian, Pizza, elegant)

Picnic

Desert / Night Cap

Happy Hour / Tea Time