Our Story

Your belongings tell the stories of who you are & where you come from. These objects have personalities and it's our job to make them shine.







Shana Novak is an established commercial still life photographer based in New York City. She has collaborated with brands such as Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine.

As The Heirloomist, Shana brings a mix of professional polish and heart to her craft ensuring that every client is treated to an expert level of quality and visual story telling.


Shana Novak is an established commercial still life photographer based in New York City. She has collaborated with brands such as Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gamble, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine.

Shana brings a mix of professional polish and heart to The Heirloomist ensuring that every client is treated to an expert level of quality and visual story telling.


How does it work?

  1. Send your keepsake to our photo studio.
  2. Your keepsake is photographed within a few days.
  3. Several versions of your image are emailed to you so you can choose  your favorite.
  4. Your photograph is printed and mailed and your keepsake is returned.
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Have questions ?

—FAQs

How do I pay?


Payment is due when your print order is placed. We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, and Venmo. Checks are accepted if they arrive in the same package as your heirloom.

Do I get to see my photograph before you send it?


Yes. On the day of your photoshoot, we email you several versions of your photograph so you can choose your favorite. If there is anything specific to know about or capture in your heirloom, let us know before you send it.

Is my photograph framed ?


Our prints do not come framed but we can coordinate framing and shipping for an additional fee. Framing local, supporting a small business, and picking a frame that fits your space is always recommended.


When my photograph arrives, how should I handle it?


Your photograph is fragile. It's best to only handle your print at the frame shop. Touch only the corners of the photo if you must and make sure your hands are clean and dry. Store the tube that your print arrives in upright. **Storing prints for more than a week or two is not advised.


What if my photo arrives damaged


We will replace a print right away that has been damaged in shipping.  Snap a photo of the damage AND THE PACKAGING IT ARRIVED IN and email it to us. A new print will be sent in a week.

How much does it cost?

It depends on the size of your print. Large objects may require an additional handling fee. We work with all budgets. Visit our pricing page or request a quote here. Rush orders are 100% possible. Price varies.


Do I get my item back after it is photographed?


We return your object at no cost after it is photographed.


Are the prints I see on your site for sale?


Visit our SHOP page to browse a collection of ready-made photographs by The Heirloomist available for purchase in any size and shipped directly to your door step in 10 days.

Can I have more than one item in my photograph?


Absolutely! We'll schedule a call to coordinate which items you want to use and how to incorporate them. At that time, creative direction and an additional handling fee will be decided.

Do you offer rush service?


We absolutely offer rush service to accommodate last minute gifts or sensitive children's items. Just let us know when you are booking if you have a deadline.

Do you offer gift certificates?


YES. You can purchase one by submitting a form here. You can pay by credit card, Paypal, or Venmo.

Am I responsible for shipping charges?


The only shipping charges you are responsible for are getting your object to our studio via FedEx, Postal Service, or UPS. All other shipping expense is complimentary. Fees may apply to oversized objects.

Who is The Heirloomist?


The Heirloomist is a professional still life photographer with almost 10 years experience in the commercial photography space. Her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time, and The New Yorker. Click here to learn more about Shana Novak's work.

Isn't sending an heirloom risky?


Modern tracking number technology and delivery signature requirements leave little room for trouble. Still, packages should be packed using several layers of thick padding and professional-grade protection. Sender assumes all risk. While in our care, we take every precaution to treat your object professionally. Commissioning a photograph means you understand this and will not hold The Heirloomist liable for damage in shipping or while in our care. Our photo studio has a mailroom waiting for your delivery seven days a week.

Can my heirloom photograph be used by a third party or listed for sale?

NO. The art you commission is exclusive to you and we will never sell it. If we want to share your photograph on our websites or a press outlet is interested in sharing your story, we will contact you for permission 100% of the time. And generally it is a lot of fun! From time to time, we may use a photo you send us for promotional purposes.

Do you work with international clients?

Yep! Shipping prices apply but we welcome clients from all corners of the world!

Which heirloom should I choose? 

If it means something special, it's perfect. It can belong to a family member, friend, yourself, or even a pet.



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