Using photography to preserve a family heirloom might be the best thing you can do before it dissolves into dusty memories.
Textiles can last for generations with proper care and preservation. Many people put Grandmother’s sress in a closet or stuff it in a box and put it in the garage and don’t think about it again for many years. Then when they locate the dress and open the box they find that a lovely family of mice have decided to use the silk taffeta as a luxurious nest. This once breathtaking dress has been reduced to shredded rags and its glory only a faint memory. It’s a heart wrenching occurrence that happens all too often.
Preserve your treasures properly. If you want to relive the splendor of the garment, have a professional photographer and professional model photograph the dress before it is gone forever.
Part of my joy as a photographer is to preserve memories and in doing so I’m preserving important history. The following photographs are of a white cotton eyelet dress that was made by Jesse Belle Scoggin for her daughter, Mary Jane Scoggin, for her high school graduation in 1940 from Lindsay High School in California. Mary Jane saved the dress along with several others and gave them to family members. I wanted the photographs to have a sultry respectful mood to enhance the beauty of the dress. Naomi, like the dress, is delicate and refined, feminine and truly one of a kind. This dress is a beautiful treasure and I hope these photographs preserve it forever.
Model: Naomi Einsenbrey for H&P Models
Photographer: Jennifer Harvey
Hair: Erris Hair
Dress: Judith Gridley