Power of Photographs


I’ve always known the power of a photograph. Even as a child I embraced the grip photos had on my emotions. I suppose I got it from my mother, a woman who catalogues photos the way one might do with stamps. She’s an avid collector. Of memories.

For Christmas I decided to combine recent family photos on a canvas for her gift. I had a little difficulty finding the perfect place to get the custom 18×24 canvas made, but when I discovered Simply Canvas, I knew I was in great hands. Many thanks to Adam for helping me out in a pinch!

Here’s a few reactions to her gift…although she might kill me for posting pictures of her without her makeup on. Oh, and I should also mention I inherited a love for Christmas cards from her, as seen here….

Shortly after opening the gift, my mom asked my dad for a hammer because she wanted to put it on the wall. That instant.

I love my mother. And I think this photo proves I’m definitely her favorite! 😉

Happy Sunday!

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  1. No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    The picture of you two in an embrace is beautiful. I think that should be the next to go on a canvas in her home.

  2. Elizabeth

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    What a great present!!!!
    Love it!!!

  3. Rachelle

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    beautiful images. I love the composite photo gift. Might have to gaciously borrow this concept.

  4. Heather

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    What an amazing gift! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!

  5. TammyWilliamson

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Precious! You have a beautiful family~~obviously on the inside and on the outside! Keep keeping it real~you inspire me~and I am an old lady compared to you!

  6. annaliza

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    haha. are we sisters? cuz this is a post about me. (;

  7. feuza

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I need to do more canvas for us, as photographers we forget to give our selves the gift

  8. Tammie

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    My dad is a memory keeper too, and I gave him a canvas for Christmas as well (and from simply canvas 🙂 You can’t go wrong with pictures for the parents!!

  9. Kelsey Anderson

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Fabulous gift! I would like to hear your siblings thoughts on you being favorite though lol Merry Christmas!

  10. Michelle Dudley

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    AHHHH!!! Chills.Tears.Wow!

  11. LeiLani @Elle Golden Photography

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Love this post. I’m refinancing my house at the moment, so I gave all my family members free photo sessions for Christmas. I think it ending up being better than other gifts I would have given. I mean think about it, can you really remember what you got a few Christmases ago? But they’ll always remember the Christmas cards and prints I got them this year because they’re always on display! 🙂

  12. Evie Perez

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wow Jasmine! Your mom’s reaction is priceless. Your gift was gorgeou. I can only imagine how happy she was when you gave this to her. The Canvas looks great!!! Thank you for always sharing your family with us!!!

  13. Keith Ludwick

    December 26th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Your mom sounds a lot like mine. Tons of photos all through my childhood and this day, she is trying hard to "go digital." It is an exercise in patience but I love her dearly. lol thanks for posting this and Merry Christmas.

  14. Danny Douglas

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    AWESOME! Great Idea! I plan to steal it!!

  15. Matt

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    My favorite photo is the one of you and your mom. To me that’s what the holiday is all about.

  16. Damaris Mia

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    That is beautiful! Love that idea!

  17. Kim

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    That last photo is spectacular.. and a memory that is captured forever.. wonderful .. (the canvas is beautiful)

  18. Dawnn Marconi

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Bellissimo!!! A picture can say a thousand words…but that last photo of you and your Mom make me speechless. Awesome

  19. Paula

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Gorgeous! What are the words in the last block? And I agree, that last picture is the one that brought a tear. Perfect.

  20. Jaclyn Lippelmann

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I spy lululemon…lucky girl! 🙂

  21. Penny

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    What a great gift idea!! Love it!! (And I’m my Mom’s favourite too!! 🙂

  22. Kati Smith

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I just love Millie. Too sweet.

  23. Alexis

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:47 pm


    You are the photographer I aspire to be…capturing the beauty of life in snapshots that speak a thousand words.

    May God continue to bless you and keep you in your ministry.

    Best wishes,


  24. Robin McQuay Anderson

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Simply Canvas – my company of choice. What a lovely gift and the emotional perfection of the gift opening sequence is priceless.

  25. Jane

    December 26th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Simply beautiful – all of it. I loved the photographs of your family. True inspiration!

  26. Angi Davis

    December 27th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Beautiful, Jasmine…simply beautiful! And I adore the photo of you and your mother – hang onto THAT!! PS. Can I ask what the canvas says down in the corner?

  27. Tanya Jose

    December 27th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Now you need to get that photo of you & her on canvas for your home!! I love the candid moment & all the love that radiates from that photo!!

  28. Claudia

    December 27th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    …. love the last photograph…!

  29. Jessica Chavez

    December 27th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    They’re beautiful! I agree that the last one is my favorite too! I can feel the warm and the love of the moment!! Happy Holidays!

  30. Karen Stott

    December 27th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    that last photo seriously got my eyes all wet. Is that even normal? geesh.

  31. Giovanna

    December 27th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    aaawwww Jasmine, I love Christmas, treasure your mom dearly…mine is gone.

  32. christina

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    What a wonderful & unforgettable moment you gave to your mother.
    P.S. You would be my favorite daughter too : )
    Always be true to who you are.

  33. Mindy Metivier

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Love this post, love your gift to your mama and love the last image!!!

  34. Lydia

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Your mom is beautiful without makeup, and I think you just proved the benefits of changing out of pjs before opening presents! Someday, when my family finally poses for family portraits, I’ll do this and become my mother’s favorite child as well!

  35. Angela Hubbard + Whiskey dawg

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    LOVE how you are hugging your lululemon and tight as you are hugging your home! x

  36. samantha

    December 27th, 2010 at 3:03 am

    beautiful moments.

  37. Rich

    December 27th, 2010 at 3:14 am


  38. Linda

    December 27th, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Such fun pictures – I love how they capture the memories but also the emotion of the memories. The framing ROCKS – in all 3! And I can’t stop thinking about what color the walls really are – fun texture!

  39. Carly

    December 27th, 2010 at 4:00 am

    You ROCK! Love, love, LOVE your work… Thanks for always sharing yourself so honestly!

  40. Darina

    December 27th, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Beautiful, Jasmine!

  41. leah g

    December 27th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Love this post, especially the last photo. That one deserves a place of honor on your walls. 🙂

  42. Rudi

    December 27th, 2010 at 5:48 am

    Pictures are the best present you can give and get. Love the design of the canvas!

  43. Ria

    December 27th, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Your mom is gorge, even without any makeup on!! Such a pretty lady 🙂

  44. corrie

    December 27th, 2010 at 6:24 am

    What a sweet daughter you are!!!Love the canvas, such a perfect gift.

  45. s h e r r y

    December 27th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    🙂 That is SO sweet. I really need to do a canvas (or at least a print) for my parents!! Eep. Maybe for their birthday.

    PS. I spy Lululemon product placement in the last photo!

  46. צילום אירועים

    December 27th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    The canvas is a great Idea for a wedding gift.
    You can see by the mom’s face/
    Moshe Samuel, Israel.

  47. marcy rodriguez

    December 27th, 2010 at 8:20 am


  48. Pamela Topping

    December 27th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Soo sweet!!

  49. Sachin Khona

    December 27th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    You rock Jasmine! Beautiful shots and a great gift!!

    Love the moments captured!

    Hope you and the fam’ had a great Christmas


  50. Jaz Ampaw-Farr

    December 27th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I had the same experience with my Mum on Christmas Day! Such a special gift!

  51. Dawn and Michael Mitchell

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Such a great gift, Merry Christmas

  52. Lisa Scherer

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Your family is so so so beautiful! Love seeing the love just radiating from these photos.

  53. Rich Park

    December 27th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    what a great gift! such a priceless expression on your mom’s face =).

  54. Jorge

    December 27th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    That is wonderful Love that idea!

  55. Manya K.

    December 27th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    That is a wonderful gift and your mom looks so happy and excited! Beautiful!

  56. jackie lamas

    December 27th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    my mom and i are really close and this is exactly how i feel about her too. so happy for you and your family 🙂

  57. Mikaela

    December 27th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Aww, I’ve got goosebumps!

  58. Shuva Rahim

    December 27th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! That’s a beautiful gift!

  59. Willa Kveta Photography

    December 28th, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I LOVE this and this is the best present a photographer can give! The photo at the bottom on you and your mom hugging is so precious!!!

  60. Sacramento Wedding Photographers

    December 28th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Love the emotion in the photography! Excellent Work!

  61. naomi chokr

    December 28th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    i was choking up as i was reading your post. then bam… the "chokr" choked as i read the last part.. about you being her favorite. Hillarious!

  62. shannon leith

    December 29th, 2010 at 8:32 am


  63. Jonni

    December 29th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Absolutely stunning Jasmine! I can see how much your mama loved your awesome gift. What a fantastic idea.


  64. wenyin

    December 30th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    LOVE that canvas. i’m going to have to do that next year…what a perfect gift!

  65. cassandra-m

    December 30th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    thanks for sharing. I can feel the emotions just looking at "your photos" online here. Merry belated Christmas to ALL your family! 🙂

  66. Anne

    January 1st, 2011 at 5:58 am

    very sweet Jasmine. 🙂

  67. allan z

    January 11th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    that’s beautiful!