MORE KINDNESS: It’s the soothing emotion that calms a feeling of need. It’s the gold bottle of water from a Lyft driver on a hot summer day. It’s reminiscing over a rediscovered moment, for the purpose of letting a grandchild know their late grandfather better. It’s the card my grandmother wrote me when I was away at college, that I keep in my old Bible so I find it when I open it each time and her voice is immediately brought back to mind by the sight of her handwriting. That's one way I practice kindness for myself; I allow that memory to continue to bless and affirm me. In my work, I love witnessing and delivering moments of kindness through my clients' rediscovered memories. That’s why I love #DeliveryDay. Kindness is the current that flows, but it doesn’t happen instantly. Much happens behind the scenes before #DeliveryDay can happen. Speaking of "behind the scenes," those close to me can attest to my love and adoration [...]
It's finally happened; What I said I would never do... I did it and likely you did too. We use our cell phones as our main cameras. Why not? It's with us all the time! It fits in pockets, the lenses are far more powerful than any point-and-shoot camera I ever owned. Honestly these photos are fantastic (many of them) so why not? Cell phones have made it easy to constantly take tons of photos for free. (That actually depends on the definition of free.) Here are some questions to answer to know if you may be in need of a little tidying up in your photo library. Do you have over 1,000 photos in your phone? Do you have too many frames to look through to find a good one? Do you take longer than a minute to find a given photo? Would you lose your photos entirely if you lost your phone right now? Do you take photos on your phone regularly? [...]
OK now that we've fully switched to a digital photo society (which yes, happened over time- some more gradual than others) it's important that we can still access the images that we cared enough to capture in the first place! Since there are so many formats, it's important to take some basic "prep" steps before diving in or you'll find this to be a "NEVER ENDING STORY" ... and perhaps a stressful one. You deserve better! I compiled some of my best pro tips into two videos to help you conquer your mountain... you may start out thinking it's Everest but even Everest can be climbed with a careful, planned out process. (But most people dont know their situation is far from the Everest-sized task, until they get into it and realize the end is in sight. Let me convince you, or throw you a rope... you just have to ask!) HERE'S THE FIRST VIDEO. Think of it in a less overwhelming context- like [...]
Now is the PERFECT time to get those photos managed... or at least SOME of them so you can ENJOY them. No, I'm not shouting, just using the CAPS to express my enthusiasm and encouragement during this strange new "normal" we're working with. "Social Distancing" is a term I never imagined but am so thankful for all officials, experts and those in positions of authority have. Since so much of my services are done with "in home" interaction (and quite honestly I miss visiting my clients dearly) I have put some learning and lots of time into making some videos so you could feel like I am with you. NO WAY would I claim these videos to be professional quality... they're perfectly imperfect. However humans are not perfect, we are relational and I hope you feel better connected, empowered and supported by receiving these videos (which can always be replayed if you forgot something!) ;) Well, here's the first one of a series to [...]
OK, so maybe it sounds like a lot of rambling, but really knowing WHY you want to start a project and WHAT YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME IS, will make sure you make the most beneficial decisions. When getting your photos managed, there are TONS of choices but I offer you these thoughts (through video link) to offer you a personal reflection based on decades of working with family memories and those of clients. I have learned how to WASTE time and money, and that's why I come to you in hopes of helping you do a better job of "time-proofing" your memories in formats that will serve you now and down the line. Why put something away twice when you can get it categorized and easy to access THE FIRST TIME? Let me know what questions come up after you VIEW THIS VIDEO MESSAGE.