They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is the driving force behind Storied, a local company that captures authentic and digital heirlooms through autobiographical documentation of families. These keepsake items are then passed down to loved ones so that their legacy and story continues in years to come. “It’s all about preserving our past and present with delicacy and heart, for our future,” says Jonie Johnson, owner and founder of Storied.
Johnson’s journey to bringing Storied to life came from a deep passion and connection she shared with her grandmother, who was also her best friend. Her grandmother taught her that all of us, no matter how different we may seem on the surface, are connected in some way. Johnson carried that with her and used it as a foundational piece in Storied.
Upon the passing of both her grandmother and grandfather several years ago, Johnson was left coping with the grief and loss. Then, on a whim, while cleaning her house one day and listening to a podcast, she wished she could listen to her grandmother’s voice one last time. “That’s kind of when the seed was planted,” she said, adding that she believes capturing those types of keepsakes holds a special place in someone’s heart.
From that moment, Johnson expanded on that feeling of loss and used it to build Storied to preserve the words and voices of loved ones so that even when they pass, their stories carry on. “Even something as simple as turning on the camera on Christmas morning while the family is opening their gifts is powerful, and it’s something that only your family knows how sweet the sentiments are years later.”
Creating the stories
Johnson believes the best way to capture the best moments is in someone’s natural space, or somewhere they’re comfortable like their home. She then meets the family one-on-one to get to know them and what they’re comfortable with so the final piece looks as natural as possible. “Everything is going to be me going to them,” she says.
Johnson works both independently and with freelancers, depending on the extent of the project. She generally does audio and photography herself, while video components are done as a team. When production begins, the team usually captures shots of the home, personal mementos, any family photos, and footage of each subject. Each photo shoot usually lasts three hours.
In post-production, Johnson works from home with various editing software to add music and other desired elements that result in a product that can range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes long. You can view one of the finished products here.
Package prices range from $800 – $2500. If you would like to start telling your story, you can reach out to Johnson on her website or by emailing her to get a consultation scheduled.
“I’m committed to making sure that you won’t regret having this irreplaceable memorabilia,” she adds. “We’re more connected than we think, and when we lose someone, it changes you in a way you don’t immediately realize.”