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For Keeps

Cool ways to save the memories 

The baby years are ones you’ll want to remember. So we’re always on the lookout for film and photo artists who offer innovative ways to capture and preserve the memories. Right now, we’re saving our pennies for these cool services.

Send your tot’s plush BFF to Hippopota, and they will create a sentimental masterpiece. Photographer Christian Jaillite shoots beloved objects, blows them up to gigantic proportions, and mounts the images behind border-free Plexiglas. The effect can be stunning. Jaillite will pick up your special object if you live in the Tri-State area, and return it the same day. Otherwise, objects need to be mailed. It takes about two weeks from receipt of your object until delivery of finished product. Prices range from $500 to $2,000.

Jellybean Pictures
Jennifer Tonetti-Spellman is a talented photographer (and mom) with a knack for capturing raw emotion—especially in kids. Her unique ‘Day In The Life’ package journals your family’s ordinary day, with a full-day photo shoot. She arrives before wake up time, and stays until the kids are tucked in—capturing every candid moment in between. The experience costs $2,250, and includes the full day of shooting, a disc of all the edited images (with printing rights up to 8x10) and a gorgeous full-bleed leather-bound album that’s as cherishable as a wedding album. (Note: for “Day in the Life” details, click on the “Investment” tab at the bottom of the Jellybean website.)

Slideshow Films
For those who prefer video to stills, Slideshow Films creates wonderfully modern full-frame HD home movies. The husband-and-wife team (he a filmmaker for Getty Images and she an accomplished painter) keep it casual: they’ll join you for a morning at the beach, a weekend breakfast at home, or any occasion you’d like. Raw footage is edited down to about three minutes, and set to the music of your choice. The editing process takes around two weeks to complete. They shoot in New York, as well as in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The basic package ($1,250) includes two shoot days, editing, the finished DVD, and five photo images. Extra DVDs cost $15 each.