Year-in-Review Photo Slideshow
Did you know? Most people have 1-3 years worth of images stored on their cell phone camera. Some photos end up on social media, but most are trapped in limbo, with no one to notice or appreciate them.
Your photos are a visual time capsule of your life, and unseen photos are just about the saddest thing, right up there with unburned candles and unread books. I can create digital scrapbook of your photos that you can share and appreciate now with family and friends via YouTube, social media, or email. Photo slideshows make great personalized gifts, and they won't disappear into the ether the next time your computer or smartphone dies. A Year-in-Review slideshow is a fun replacement for the traditional birthday card - it can be enjoyed endlessly, and won't get lost, tossed, or tattered.
Send me your photos, or provide Google/Dropbox access, and I can create your special occasion or Year-in-Review slideshow. You provide ~30 photos per minute of slideshow length, so 120 photos for a slideshow with a 4-minute song. You tell me the music you love, and I'll choose something that fits the mood of the slideshow - sarcastic, funny/silly, sweet, nostalgic, celebratory, educational...
I edit your photos (crop, adjust color, contrast, focus, brightness, composition) then sequence them and add music, captions/titles, and dates. I send you the finished product as a digital file. Depending on slideshow length and the extent of photo editing. creating a slideshow takes ~3 hours.
Training & Qualifications
I've been an avid photographer since I got my first old-school camera at 8y.o. At a handful of colleges and art schools, I studied photography, B&W darkroom, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, art, and photo hand-painting. Initially, this was a way to document family genealogy, history, and events big and small - births, road trips, holidays, destination weddings, pets, milestone birthdays, new baby. But I came to realize that I love to help others uncover and tell their stories.
I know how to create a photo that tells a story, and how to sequence photos to tell a narrative. I combine photos, music, time-lapse animation, and found footage to tell your story, and provide you with an easy-to-share format.
For me, art is mostly about paying attention, and being the middle kid in a huge family helped me develop a perceptive and intuitive approach, to pay equal attention to subtle little things as much as milestones and big things. I find beauty and humor in ordinary experiences...stories written in kindergarten, making jam/sugar cookies, funny faces, gardening, building a snowman or sandcastle or tree fort, working a puzzle, going to the zoo. There's always a beautiful and visual story to tell in your photos, and I can help you find it.
Availability & Preferences
Pretty flexible, but limited to 2 slideshow projects at a time. After initial consultation and upon receipt of all your images, I can often complete a slideshow project within 10 days and 3 hours of my time.