How to Choose the Best Photo for a Custom Monument

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by Nick Kurz

There are so many ways to customize modern headstones that help you memorialize a loved one that’s passed on in today’s world. Not only can you use words and symbols, but you can also have images engraved or etched on the monument to add that extra personal touch. Adding images is the best way to personalize a memorial, and it will last for years to come when done accurately. So when choosing the best photo for a custom monument, here are a few tips to keep in mind. 

Know the Details

Some memorial companies have specific details that monument designs must meet or requirements for what you can and can’t have on monuments, so be sure to consult your memorial company of choice about these details and requirements before making a decision. They will help you pick out the right picture that will fit your memorial company and cemetery requirements. 

Choose the Right Method

There are multiple ways we can transfer an image to a monument. You can choose laser engraving, diamond etching, transfer to porcelain, or permanent adhesive for granite. Consult a specialist about what would be best for the image you’ve chosen. For example, the scenery could be transferred using etching or engraving, but we do not recommend that you select these methods for a portrait of your loved one.

Choosing the Photo 

When it comes down to choosing which photo to use, it’s essential to consider the quality and clarity of your photo. However, you also want to choose a photo that preserves the memory of your loved one well. For example, perhaps a picture of your grandfather’s farm is perfect because that’s what he spent his life doing, or maybe you’d like to choose a portrait of your loved one when they were younger that depicts “a life lived well.” Whatever you choose, it is sure to preserve the memory of your loved one for years to come. 


If you have trouble deciding what picture to choose or need more information on images for monuments, contact Gifford Monument in Ada, Oklahoma, Wylie, Texas, and Alamogordo, New Mexico. We are experts in the industry and are ready to answer any questions you may have. In addition, we can help you create the proper monument to pay tribute to your loved one that’s passed on. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more information. 

Nick Kurz

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