Your portraits are valuable in so many ways to you.
They are a beautiful reminder of the thing that is most important in your life – your family!
Custom photography of your family displayed in your home is the best kind of art. But not only are those portraits art, they are also heirlooms for future generations.
Did you ever see old photographs or albums at an antique sale, or perhaps even among elderly relatives things after they were gone, and wonder Who are these people in the photographs?
My grandmother was famous in our family for tucking notes inside jewelry boxes or taping them to vases, and other things that she treasured. Sometimes she scribbled on them who she wanted them to belong to, sometimes where she got them. My brother also made a point of documenting WHO the people were in some of her old snapshots, by going through them with her a few years before she died. Now as I get older, I see the wisdom of doing the same thing.
So I finally created something that has been in the back of my mind for awhile – a certificate of authenticity for my wall portraits. This is a double sided card that contains facts about the image on the front such as date created, who commissioned it, and my signature as the photographer and creator. The back has space for the handwritten story of the image, including who is in the photograph, when and where it was taken and for what occasion, and the feelings of the person writing the history and their relationship to the subjects in the photograph. I include prompts to help you know what to write. After it is filled out, it is placed in an envelope and attached to the back of the canvas or framed wall portrait. How wonderful for future generations to not only learn about the portrait, but to read the story behind it in the person’s own words and handwriting!
From 2014 on, every canvas or large wall print sold by me will come with its own Certificate of Authenticity for you to create your own heirloom story. If you have purchased a canvas or large wall print from me in the past, please email me and let me know if you would like me to send you one of these – I would be happy to!
Here are some quick images of one that I just filled out to attach to the back of a canvas of Gavin as a newborn. I wrote the following text: “This is an image of Gavin Charles Mayle, who is my first grandson. It was taken by me in October 2005 when he was only a week old, at my daughter Stacey’s home in Olney, MD. What I remember most was how tiny and perfect he was. I thought that, although he obviously looked like his father David, I could see Stacey in him too. This image captures both of those feelings for me, and I will love it (and Gavin!) forever. Pam Nafziger, 2014”