Feel Like You Missed the Moment? You didn’t.

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What if we tried to figure out how much time we’ve spent thinking about the moments in our life that “would have” or “could have” been? How much time do you think that would add up to?

So many new brides dream about fathers who can’t walk them down the aisle at their wedding. New parents watching their mom and dad become grandparents surely think of the grandparents who aren’t there to experience becoming great-grandparents. Even simple moments like having all the siblings and extended family gathered together in one place undoubtedly become a time to remember those who aren’t there.

A simple truth is that circumstances don’t always allow us to live out all the moments we’ve dreamed of. Fathers miss their daughters’ weddings, parents and grandparents leave the world too soon, friends and family move away or pass on. We’re left with feelings of “I wish I could have” and “if only” in the place of memories. 

But what if there was a way to create a moment that has only ever lived in your mind’s eye? What if you found a way to capture the feeling of the moment you dreamed of and just made it happen? 

It might look something like this: 

This is my daughter, Dominique. She lost both of her grandparents a few months apart and she took it really hard. A short while later, she gave birth to her first child. It was bittersweet, as both of her beloved grandparents were not there to experience it along with her. I thought this portrait of her and her son, Kace, surrounded by both grandparents, would lift her up and it absolutely did. Thank you, Paint Your Life.

Elyse lost her father, George, suddenly in April 2014. Our kids never had the pleasure of meeting George, the best father-in-law a guy could ever have. This gift brings him back to life because it gives his grandchildren an image of them in his arms daily. We love and miss him so much. Seeing my wife’s tears of joy put the biggest smile on my face. This is something we will remember and cherish forever.

We opened our studios at Paint Your Life in 2006 to turn treasured photo memories into hand-painted portraits. However, our customers’ emotionally driven and creative approach to portrait art made us think more broadly about what was possible. As a result, our work has become so much greater than recreating a single moment in time, and we’ve learned how to help our clients create moments that most of us have only dreamed of.

We all know that life is unpredictable.

It is some comfort to know that with a few old photographs and a little creativity, we don’t have to live a life of “would’ve and could’ve.” Instead, we can create the moments we’ve always dreamed of, frame them, hang them in our homes, and cherish them forever. 

The process is super simple. It works like this:  

We live in a world that is unpredictable and constantly changing. It’s good to know that some things never change, like the love we share with loved ones and the memories of good times together. Paint Your Life is here to help you capture all that and keep it alive forever.