One Special Photo:

a card to mail

Tell & Show Photos:

a framed story

Telling our stories matters -- not only testifying before congress or on social media, but to each other, to ourselves, our families, friends, and colleagues. And sometimes, photos tell a story for us. Photos helps us both remember, and pass along, our memories of family, friends, or community. Let’s tell our stories -- or a loved one's story.


Share your story in your home for all to see.  Put photos on display to pay tribute, celebrate an occasion, and enjoy yourself! Take your photos from hiding to hanging!


This is for you if:​​

  • You want to remember THAT amazing day!

  • You want help to capture memories of someone special after they are gone.

  • You want to make use of your photographs.

  • You want to learn photo history skills to date the photos in your collection.

  • You’re curious about what else you might learn from your photos -- what hidden history you have in hand.

You can expect:

  • A fun environment.

  • A deep, mindful process.

  • Education and steps to take to find more information on all your photos.

  • A home decor family keepsake.

  • Clarity about this memory that you’ve captured.

  • Connection with the past. It will be etched on your mind forever.

  • Closure as you make sense of the past.

  • Storytelling as a way to remember and heal.

  • Conversation - as friends and relatives look and read your keepsake

  • on display, they will no doubt chime in about what they remember, too.

  • Your images collected and contextualized to forward in the family.

  • A way to acknowledge ancestors who: succumbed, endured, or overcame great hardships. Or remember a favorite place or time.

  • Professional supplies.


I have a process. You bring 3 photos, and maybe a scrap of handwriting if you would like. I will do the rest. This workshop will carve out the dedicated time to remember that is necessary for bringing up all the details.  We will take the time to look, think, remember, and write about your photos.


With my write-and-reminisce process, you will:  

  • Just show up with your visuals

  • Learn how to closely analyze your photos as objects to establish a date range.

  • Wring every historical detail from the content captured within your photos to add to your memories.

  • Be guided with specifically developed writing prompts through the process of remembering, distilling, and “saving forward.”

  • Capture a story, catchphrase, or series of accomplishments to give your photos context.


Emulsion prints (from a professional photo processor) hold up better and last longer.  They are strongly preferable to home-printed images.


You get:

A 3-hour project dedicated to capturing family history.

Guided writing processes with dedicated time for remembering.

Family photo assessment workbook that includes:

~Writing prompts and space to respond.

~Photography genres.

~Photo formats and other tips for dating your photos.

~That important philosophical point that may be hidden in your photos.

Archival quality paper supplies and adhesive photo corners.

Archival and fade-resistant ink pens to use for your lettering.

11 x 14 black wooden frame with glass front

Host one in your home, or reach out to ask about scheduling an event for your group:

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 aunties remember about high school, or about Nanny's house. Or the best part of Seder, when your Aunt and Uncle moved back home, mom's tattoo, 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.​

All three of us pictured above HAD this photo...but we couldn't remember why we all kept it, where we were, or what the occasion was.


Our memories were "jogged" and so much information came tumbling out when we got together and the three of us started talking! 


The photo below shows my grad school friends and I talking about that photo we all have, but we knew little about. We figured out the place, the exact date, the occasion ("oh yeah, it was the day after your surprise party at Amy's house! And that's why I came home from England early!"), and why I kept stealing that baseball cap with a D on it.  It all came flooding back. ​


1. Send me a photo that captures a tradition, a special moment, or a generation. 

2. Invite a special person, or a couple of other folks (up to 3), to talk about the photo. Grandparents, cousins, the old band, or special friends. We will meet online, so they can be anywhere.


-- Book a time to get everyone together.

-- Talk online for 45 minutes.

-- Record our video chat about the photo.

-- Compile everyone's comments.

-- Design a glossy keepsake emulsion print of the photo, annotated with your comments, greeting card-styled, and send it by mail. ​

The experience makes a great gift, or surprise someone with the finished product!

Choosing a photo

The One Special Photo process works for many different reasons, and can help you achieve a variety of goals:  

  • Recalling a bygone era​​

  • Reliving a fun time​​

  • Healing​​

  • Catching up​​

  • Identifying family photos​​

  • Tracing the path of a relationship

You can, of course, also just jump in and talk without preplanning, as my pals and I did in the example above, and just see what comes up.  We had some lovely unanticipated memories, surprise self-reflections, and inspired reconnections. 

Buy or give it as a gift...   $247

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A workshop for folks who do services outreach, counseling, or parent education.  

Why family history?  Family history benefit studies have gotten increasingly specific. Research shows that knowing family history makes kids more confident, that coping skills are among the traits that can be passed along.  Most recently, Dr. Josh Straub reported on family history as part of premarital counseling & parenting planning: what traits from your family of origin did each person want to bring forward into the family, which were they excited to not bring forward.  Listing an array of family traits and introducing "choice" in taking them along into the future is a powerful act for parents. And a great model for kids.

We are all hinges between two other generations. We can use all that we've seen and learned from three generations with a little guidance.  Family history can be a great asset for family services -- it is a free, portable, and universally available bank of information.  Families build relationships and skills.  Family stories instill resilience in children. Families can build legacies of story and strength. 

Service providers will leave prepared to:

  • Show how family history helps parents get closer to their kids now, and what kids gain going forward. 

  • Show parents that they can change that story from one of abuse to one of survivorship; from addict to dad -- make it one of process and coping.

  • Understand seven kinds of family stories and why it's good to tell both good and bad stories.

  • The two kinds of story plots that are best for teaching resilience.

  • Role-play talking with kids about family history rather than to them.

Includes the following handouts and materials to make providers ready to deliver to clients in the field.

For providers:

  • Detailed workshop booklet so they can refresh as needed.

  • Cheat sheet on the history of family history.

  • What studies are snowing now about family history.

  • Packet for parents.

  • Feedback form -- what are they hearing? Parents want more information about some aspect of family history and how to collect it? Something specifically for older kids?  I'd love to know what's working in your field and how, and I will respond to every survey participant.

Packet For parents:

  • Five cards with 3 Questions each to get parentsstarted talking -- just pull out the card.

  • 3-generation family map to fill out with a child.

  • Tips for telling kids their own stories, especially when those stories are difficult.

  • Simpler questions designed for younger kids.

  • A drama-free set of questions for parents to ask their elders, if they wish.

  • Activity pages for kids around family history.

To inquire about scheduling, pricing, or content, email me at:

I am a historian, not a therapist. I can show you accessible history-skill building to pass along to your clients.

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