The Heirloomist is New York City based commercial still life photographer Shana Novak. She creates one of a kind modern art photographs from prized artifacts and heirlooms. The project was originally founded as personal photo project but soon expanded into something more of a visual story telling machine.
“It became clear right away that paying tribute to your roots and celebrating your heritage is something universal,” Shana said.
Since its founding, The Heirloomist has worked with clients on a variety of projects including musical instruments, silver table settings, fine china, and even a pair of jeans that saved someone from a fire.
"It's the objects that hold meaning for no reason other than their wild story that are my favorite," Shana said. Shooting ABC News Correspondent Bob Woodruff’s combat boots from Iraq is her favorite to date.
"He was nearly killed by roadside bomb in these boots but made a brave and miraculous recovery from his injuries," Shana said. "The boots were the perfect symbol of that.”
His wife made a 3ft tall print of the boots for the 10th anniversary of the attack.
Today, The Heirloomist works with both private and commercial clients to celebrate the stories of their heritage. Shana’s experience as a professional photographer ensures that every client is treated to a seamless and fun process. She has been featured by Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop, ABC News, Lonny, Domino, and The Beekman Boys among others.