{{.Memory Boxes. January 2016.}}

Memory boxes are my sentimental go to gift.

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a little box full of trinkets and pictures. I have saved many sentimental trinkets and pictures over the years. I love going through them every now and then and seeing all the little pieces that have made up my life so far. This last holiday season, I was going through all the prints that I’ve ordered through the years for various projects, and for scrap books that I haven’t made yet. I realized that I had a lot of extra pictures that were just sitting in boxes on a shelf, so for Christmas I gave a few people ‘memory boxes’.

Memory boxes are little cigar, shoe, or other small boxes that I personalize and fill with pictures, and sometimes trinkets for family, friends, and clients. They can be as simple as a shoebox covered in tissue paper or wrapping paper, and filled with little 2×3” card stock prints. They can be as intricate as a hinged and clasped wooden cigar with prints from my printing company, and some other small trinkets.

One of these was for a VIP client, we’ve done 4 shoots together this year, and hers was the first one I made. I printed 27 of my favorite images from our sessions this year, hand wrote the date, location, and a small caption about who/what/why/etc was in the photo on the back. Her box was a small shoebox with a top covered in silver wrapping paper, and a bottom covered in teal tissue paper.

The other was for a dear friend of mine who had one hell of an ending to the year last year. Her house had a fire, and nothing was salvageable. For hers, I gathered old snapshots from the last 15 years of our friendship, and printed a few new ones from our ladies day at the beach. I also added some sand from the beach in a little bottle I found at the craft store, and some scrapbook post cards, as well as a small framed picture of her & her hubby during their first dance as a married couple. All this went into a hinged cigar box that I painted and personalized for her.

If you’d like to chat about a memory box today, please e-mail jess@truelifepics.com or call Jess at (774)482-0339 today to schedule a consultation. We can discuss box and photograph options, and create a one of a kind heirloom to pass down for generations.

Memory Shoebox

Memory Shoebox – Printed Photographs – Client Gifts – True Life Photography of MA – This simple memory box is made from a shoebox and contains (27) 2×3″ card stock prints.

memory box - greenwood

Memory Cigar Box – Printed Photographs – Client Gifts – True Life Photography of MA – This wooden memory box is made of a hinged cigar box, over 80 prints, and has a handful of trinkets in it.


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{{.Chicken Soup – It’s that time of year again.}}

So, it’s that time of year again. As the summer ends, school begins. School is where all the mini humans congregate to learn, socialize, and spread germs.  It’s been about 3 weeks, and my mini human is sick already. She stayed home today because she was feeling under the weather, so while she spent a big part of the day snuggled in bed, I made soup.

Now, my family will tell you, I’m not a shining star in the kitchen. To be honest, it’s usually my Love, my Gram, or my Sis that cook in our house. I have a few good (easy) recipes though, and I thought I’d share. This is my super simple chicken soup. It’s quick to prepare, and easy to cook. My mini human loves it, and when I make it, she always have more helpings than usual. I serve it with pineapple juice and ginger ale, though, not mixed together. 😉

For a soup pot, I use 2 regular sized boxes of chicken broth, about 2 lbs of whatever boneless skinless chicken is on sale, a small bag of frozen veggies, and a small bag of white potatoes. The chicken gets chopped in about 1/2″ chunks and tossed in the pot with 2 boxes of chicken broth & 1 box filled with water. I put that on medium to cook the chicken a bit while I chop the potatoes. When the potatoes are done, I turn the heat down to medium low, and add the potatoes and frozen veggies (usually the carrot and pea mix), and potatoes. I cover it, and leave it alone for about an hour. Then, serve and season to taste. I like a pinch of salt, and my Love likes a sprinkle of pepper. Enjoy!

{{.Hula Hoop Changing Room & Reading Tent.}}

As an on location photographer, I need a little changing area that I can also fit into my car, and manage myself. I took 2 hula hoops, I cut the hula hoops, and slipped a hula hoop through each seam. Then, I cut the edge seams and used them to tie the coat hangers to the hula hoop in an “x”. My nephews LOVED playing in it.

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 01

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 01

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 02

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 02

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 03

Hula Hoop Changing Area & Reading Tent 03