Man Finds Family Photos in a Closed Studio & Gives Them to Their Owners

In January, an architect named Brian Bononi was sent to a Portrait innovations photo studio that closed down to bankruptcy in Kansas City in order to take measurements. He then stumbled upon a huge pile of family photos ready to be discarded. Instead of carrying on with the job, he couldn’t get his mind off the families who would never have the opportunity to have their precious memories. He is now on a mission to get all photos back to their owners.

Brian Bononi is an architect
Man Finds Family Photos in a Closed Studio & Gives Them to Their Owners

The Lost Photos

His initial reaction was that “it really stinks” these were never picked up. He couldn’t believe that they were just left behind. While he was doing his job, he kept glancing at the stack and felt a conflict within himself. He knew he had two options. Option number one was to ignore these photos and go on, which would have been easy to do. Option number two was to do something about it. He couldn’t escape the thought that these photos could easily be some families’ first or last photos with their loved ones.

The pile contained family photos, wedding and graduation pictures, and images of newborns — each holding a special meaning for them. This is why the Bononi family was determined to have as many of these portraits as possible back home, where they belong. They alphabetized all the portraits and sorted them in a detailed spreadsheet with the information available — phone numbers, full names, and e-mails. They started contacting the owners to the point that Google assumed they were spamming people.

Returning lost photos to their owners
Man Finds Family Photos in a Closed Studio & Gives Them to Their Owners

Over 40 Photos Reunited With Their Families

The Bononi family started their quest — they contacted over 60 people and reunited over 40 photos with their families, who had never expected to see them. They even created a Facebook page to help spread the message with the hope that people whose contact information and names weren’t on the portraits would recognize themselves.