If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably heard me talk a bit about my Legacy Box. I also briefly mentioned it in this blog about why you should print your photos. I have gotten comments and questions about my Legacy Box and I thought I would share some of my thoughts here and maybe help others to get inspired to create their own version. Maybe not necessarily a box- it could be an album or book or journal or whatever you come up with.
Mine is just a box.
What is a Legacy Box?
Simply put, a Legacy Box is just a box of pictures and keepsakes. Maybe a little handwritten note. Maybe a precious drawing. Not to be vague, but it's whatever you want it to be. I'll tell you a bit about mine.
My Legacy Box is just a box with 4x6 printed photos in it and a few hand written notes to my children. This is an ongoing project that I have created for them. It's a bit different than an album because I wanted the experience to be different. I wanted them to have the experience of actually sitting down somewhere with a box in their hands and being able to sift through the pictures and touch them one by one. Pass them around. Talk about them. Read the backs of each picture.
It's important to me that they are able to have that tangible experience.
Not to be morbid, but one day the only thing left of me on this Earth will be what I physically leave behind. I won't be here anymore and my voice will never be heard again. My hope and prayer is that because I put my heart and soul into my art/photography, that my kids will be able to feel my love for them. That they would see themselves the way I always saw them. I want them to feel my love and hear my voice long after I am gone. I want them to always have a visible, tangible record of my love for them.
What do you do?
Again, this is just my process. You can do a whatever you like, it doesn't have to be a box. Each month, I print out several photos (usually 10 because I have a photo subscription service), and I just simply place them in the box. Sometimes I write notes on the back to give more context to the picture or the date. One thing I also like to do is put their names on the pictures because although my kids will be able to tell who is who, when they pass them down to their children, they will want to know more information about the photos.
We also have an instant camera and a vintage Polaroid that we use and will put the pictures we don't display in the Legacy Box.
Is this something you would do for your family? Do you already have something like this in place?
This is very important to me, so important in fact that I include 10 professionally printed and archival 5x7 prints with each session you book with me. You can do with them what you like- display them, share them, or save them in your box. I just want you to have them.
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.