You've been given the gift of memories!
Choose a photo that captures a tradition, a special moment, or a generation. Gather the folks in that photo to talk about, for example: what all the cousins remember (above) about summers at Nanny's house. Or the best part of Seder, or when your Aunt and Uncle moved back from afar, or the day you were born. A pet that lived forever, that summer at band camp, the big family reunion, your first car -- that you still have -- the annual trip to the ocean, or the family homestead. We'll talk about the photo online as a group for 45 minutes. Memories are "jogged" and so much information comes together when the group starts talking!
In the photo at right, you can see our three (older, wiser) heads to the right as we connected online to reminisce about this great moment in the early 90s. We figured out the place, the exact date, the occasion ("oh yeah, it was the day after your surprise party at Amy's house! I guess that's why I came home from England early!" and "Remember all the people who came? What ever happened to Nick?"), and why I kept stealing that baseball cap with a D on it. So much comes flooding back.
YOUR NEXT STEPS:
1. Send a copy of your "One Special Photo" to me at
2. Decide who you'd like to invite to talk about it. For example: what do all the cousins remember about summers at Nanny's house (below). Or what was the best part of Seder, or remember when your Aunt and Uncle moved back from afar, or what's the story about the day you were born? Discuss a pet that lived forever, that summer at band camp, the big family reunion, your first car -- that you still have -- the annual trip to the ocean, or the family homestead. Whatever you'd like.
3. Send me the relevant emails (up to three others besides you).
THEN I WILL:
Book a time to get everyone together and talk for 45 minutes.
Record our chat about the photo
Compile everyone's comments
Build an annotated keepsake glossy emulsion print of the photo -- greeting card-styled, to send in the mail. And I'll mail it to up to 4 participants.
You'll also get a copy the audiovisual file to keep or share, and a digital copy of the photo-and-text card!
Reach out to me with questions if you have them: Angela@angelaltodd.
History starts now. Let's record it.
Click this image to HEAR us stumble on the exact date of the photo, and how it helped my grad school pal fill in a piece of HER history.
I corralled two of my closest grad school friends and the process was fun, nurturing, and informative!