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  • Writer's pictureShana Watkins

Capturing Timeless Treasures: Preserving the Essence of Childhood in Heirloom Portraits

"Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations." - Cyril Connolly

I find this to be heartbreakingly true. For me it is one of my biggest regrets as a Mom that I didn't capture this stage as a timeless heirloom portrait for my now 18 year old. There are very few things in life that we can't change, but photographing our children at a long-gone stage is one of them.

The magic of classic heirloom portraits is that they capture not just a moment, but the essence of who we are and where we come from. They become treasured pieces of our family history, passed down through generations, connecting us to our roots.

I can't imagine a more special tradition to gift your future grandchildren and great grandchildren. How special will it be for them to see your child (their grandfather or grandmother) as a young child with each perfect feature and an authentic expression crafted into a remarkable piece of art.

What would it mean to you to have these portraits displayed proudly in your home where everyone who enters knows exactly what is most dear to you?

This handsome little boy's sweet face and expression is everything. I hope you have a chance to see his portrait in person at The Woman's Exchange in Ladue. You'll find the attention to detail and quality of these archival fine art portraits and hand-gilded and aged frames is incredible.

I would love to share more details with you about these children's heirloom portraits and my "Love & Legacy" Artist Project.

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