Memory Keeper Project was born out of tragedy. When founder, Vicky Beal, lost her father and beloved sister she leaned on her photography as a form of therapy which then morphed into a project, eventually becoming her life's purpose of capturing and celebrating the lives of individuals who had the least amount of voice in society - the aging population.

Through video, photos and written narrative, Memory Keeper Project aims to connect the younger generation with the older generation by preserving poignant life moments. In every family, stories are what strengthens the bonds between mother and son, grandfather and grandson, niece and nephew, etc. But often those stories get lost and forgotten when a relative passes away.

Memory Keeper Project provides an accessible and intimate way to capture your family story and leave a lasting legacy for future generations. 

Bios

MKP Founder, Vicky Beal

MKP Founder, Vicky Beal

Vicky Beal is a storyteller and professional photographer in Chicago, IL.  She studied photography starting in high school and then at Harrington College of Design.  There in the midst of the photography program, Vicky discovered herself and her path.  

Vicky’s work is inspired by photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and this quote from his book, “The Decisive Moment.”

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture.  Your eye must see a composition or an expression…and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.  That is the moment the photographer is creative.  Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

Vicky is a member of the Chicago Photography Center and volunteers for the elderly with Chicago Cares and other, local literary and cultural events. Vicky credits her time at Chicago Cares with growing her passion for storytelling and building connections with the elderly.

Her personal work can be seen at www.vicky-beal.smugmug.com.


Guest Writers

Christine Milano

Christine Milano

Christine believes that within every being there is a story waiting to be coaxed into the written word.  She began writing, out of mere frustration, with her own inability to verbally express herself.  Feeling as if she was going crazy with all the words swirling messily within her head, at 10, she put pen to paper; the beginning to no end of the volumes of steno books that fill her den.  Christine continues her work as an aromatherapist, blog writer, and a volunteer for patients with Tracheostomies and the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc (USSVI). 


Allison Kelley

Allison Kelley

Allison is a writer living in Chicago. She reviews comedy and live lit events for the Chicagoist and performs her stories at series around town. On her blog, Sleepoverz www.sleepoverz.wordpress.com, Allison tackles 90s pop culture and teen angst. Allison comes from a family of storytellers and memory keepers; her grandma published a memoir at age 93. She is delighted to be a part of Memory Keeper Project, preserving stories for families and generations to come.