The Story Behind the Photo
Award Winning Author - Kamal Al-Solaylee
I just finished working on an exciting project for a client. I created a recipe memory book using some of my client’s mother’s favourite recipes along with some photos showing her mother sharing meals with family and friends over the years. The pictures ranged from her mother cooking meals as a young bride to her sharing the Nanaimo bars she made for the bridge club ladies at the senior’s residence where she lived in her later years.
Most of the recipes were handwritten on 5x3 white cards while others were cut-out from the newspaper or torn from a page in a magazine. Many of the cards had a name written at the top with a phone number of the person who gave her the recipe, while others said Mom or WW for Weight Watchers, and all were kept in her little red tartan recipe box with the golden top. They were all part of her story. As a bonus my client also had a few recipes that her mother had kept of her mother’s recipes which were handwritten on long sheets of foolscap paper, often 2 or 3 recipes per page. These added an extra flavour to the book, showing the importance of recipes in families and how often they are passed down from generation to generation.
I recently presented my client with the finished books, one for her and one for each of her two sisters and this is what she had to say.
“Originally, I had considered simply providing my siblings with photocopies of our late mother’s favourite recipes but decided I wanted a more permanent way of preserving them. Faith incorporated these into a small book along with photos of our mother cooking, serving, and enjoying food with family members and friends at various stages of her life.
I would recommend this approach to anyone wanting to preserve family recipes as it’s wonderful seeing the authenticity of the original recipe cards & clippings with handwritten notes. And you may be surprised to learn just how many photos of food related occasions that you can gather to contribute to such a book, to accompany the recipes.
It makes a great keepsake to share, honouring the life and culinary efforts of a loved one, past or present.”
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My name is Faith Van Wart, I’m a Certified Photo Manager and a member of The Photo Managers (formerly APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers). I help people organize and digitize their printed photos so they can tell the stories behind their photos.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet some interesting people and wanted to begin to share those photos and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy photos and the stories.
As the old saying goes every picture tells a story. If your photos could talk what stories would they tell?