How do I get started?
Find your favorite photographs. Sort through them to find the best quality photos. Horizontal photos work best on a TV screen. Make sure the photos are clear, focused and interesting to look at. In this age of smart phone photos and uploading photos online, it is important to know that many of these types of images are not suitable for the big screen. Images under 100 KB don’t typically look good. I can advise you if a photo is not usable.
What about music?
Music is so important to your memory video. Music is essential to the emotion invoked while watching your loved ones on the screen. You should plan on a photo for every 8-10 seconds of music. I have a large library of music to help with song suggestions. For the video, you will need to provide your own music CD’s or I will be happy to purchase the licensed song for you.
How do I organize my pictures?
There are different ways to organize your photo montage. Many people simply put their photos in chronological order or give segments of their montage titles that correspond to “eras” in their lives, for example: Childhood, High School, College, Marriage, Family, Work Life, Retirement, Travel, Grand kids, Pets, etc. Personally, I like to make short, one song videos of special activities or events in life. They are fun to watch and offer a quick sampling of a special family event.
Do I need to scan in my own photos?
While most of us now enjoy digital cameras with excellent digital images, we all have stacks of printed photos that are screaming to be saved. Those photos have started to tear and age. It is vital to capture what is left of them in a scanned digital image. My services include scanning your pictures into high quality digital files. If you do need to scan a photo or two for your project, please talk to me about appropriate procedures so you have the highest quality scan possible.
Do you have more information to help me?
I have a “getting organized worksheet” I would be happy to make available to you. Just email me to request a copy of this detailed organization sheet.
What if I need my video fast; perhaps for a funeral?
This is actually my specialty! Since I work on a very flexible schedule, I can work quickly for you. It is especially stressful for families during memorial planning. I want the memorial video to be something that you will treasure and enjoy. There is a small surcharge for rush orders.
I am too overwhelmed to get organized, can you help?
YES! Just contact me and I can tell you about my package where I bring my computer and scanner into your home and work with you to get your photos organized and ready! Don’t let feeling overwhelmed get in your way of preserving your memories…I can help!