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For many generations now, families have been utilizing ceramic photos to add an exquisite personal touch to an existing monument. Whether placed on a grave marker, headstone, or even on a mausoleum niche, these beautiful photos add interesting personal touches that are nothing short of elegant. When paying tribute to a lost loved one, a ceramic photo can add a sense connecting with the deceased in a way that the simple written word cannot. These portraits even have a way of calling out the passerby, making them stop and look at the portrait, and subsequently the memorial, even though they may not know the person lain to rest there. The production of ceramic photos itself has come a long way from when they were first created, and offers us a wider variety of personalizing an already highly personalized memorial accent.
There are many terms to refer to ceramic pictures. Cemetery pictures, headstone pictures, tombstone photos, grave marker pictures, memorial pictures, cemetery photos, or just ceramic pictures, are often all used in discussing the exact same type memorial product. The main difference is the style of the ceramic plate. For example, a Cemetery Picture is an oval, full color ceramic photo, whereas a Headstone picture is the same shape, only in black and white, rather than full color. While the full color ceramic pictures for grave markers are quite popular, it is interesting to note that the black and white portraits are almost just as popular as they were in the days when that was the only option they were available in. Something about the ethereal appearance of the gray tones blending together to create a beautiful image of someone very loved is enough to move the soul and bring a tear to the eye.
With the advantage of modern technology, photos can now be corrected when needed, accented with a beautiful background, or even blended to combine an image of two people. A proof of the ceramic photo can even be supplied upon request, so the family can see how the image will appear, and make any changes if necessary, before the portrait actually goes into production. Once in production, the image is permanently baked onto the ceramic tile in a series of steps to ensure a long lasting and beautifully detailed portrait that will withstand time and the elements. Ceramic pictures are available in oval, heart or rectangle shapes and in a variety of sizes that are sure to meet any special need. Additionally, a bronze or chrome frame can be added to further protect the portrait, and the industrial strength adhesive will hold your headstone picture in place, whether it is the tile alone or mounted in a frame. The bronze frames for cemetery grave stone photos are available in a variety of designs, as well as in open or covered styles.
Since the creation of the camera, we have been constantly capturing moments suspended in time, which we can revisit and even relive through the still image. By placing a ceramic photo on a memorial, we don’t just add the likeness of the deceased, we open a door for future generations, whether related or not, to gain a sense of not only the time of the days before, but also the personality of the person. This feeling is captured eloquently by Ansel Adams when he stated, “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Even if it is just one moment caught in time – perhaps of a lovely young woman entering a studio to have a professional portrait taken of her, a couple celebrating their lifetime together in a tropical paradise, or even a scene from a special trip, we pass along the simple memory of a time lost forever to a new world.
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