"There are probably so many of my parents' memories and experiences that I haven't heard before. I don't want to lose those, but it's overwhelming to think about summarizing their whole lives!"
This package is for those who wish to preserve their family memories through short highlights of the subject(s’) lives from birth until the present day. Unlike the other packages, The Highlight Reel focuses more on a condensed summary of the subject(s') lives. The Highlight Reel shows snippets of about 100 words per page, accompanied by photos illustrating the condensed summary. Given the shorter length, it lends itself to more of a newspaper-clip writing style.
Would you like to see an actual page excerpt in The Highlight Reel format?
Gathering the Information
Your memories and stories will be gathered through a basic questionnaire and an interview process. (You have up to 3 hours of interviews, which can be broken up in whatever way is convenient.)
Before each interview, I will send over a questionnaire that will briefly outline the types of questions I will be asking in our interview. These questionnaires help to warm up people’s minds so memories can flow, which makes recalling stories from years before much easier. I will record our interviews on my phone or a video camera to help me remember your unique facial expressions, tone and body language so that I can make your story even more authentic.
Please note that the interview process is not an exact science. One aspect of your life could have many memories and take up a lot of time, while another could have less, and therefore, we will cover more ground more quickly.
Here is an approximate breakdown:
*If your photos are not in a digital format already, use a scanner to scan them into your computer. Or, position the physical photo on a flat surface with lots of natural light (make sure there is no shadow or glare) and take a photo of the photo with your phone! There are also many photo centres, like Costco or Walmart, that will digitize your photos for you.
Turning Your Memories into a Story & Designing Your StoryAlbum
After each interview, I will transcribe them into notes and these will be the foundations of your StoryAlbum. During this time, I will also collect the photos you have sent over to me (via Dropbox or a USB). I will use the photos to help me picture all of the "characters" in your stories and I will intersperse them with their corresponding story throughout the book.
Based on your colour/style preferences, I will design a custom StoryAlbum cover as well as the chapter title pages. I will also create a custom layout for your photos and text.
Interviews: up to three, one hour interviews
Words: up to 2000 words
(Client provided: up to 100 pictures)
Time period to create StoryAlbum: 1 month
Number of revisions: 1 (additional revisions cost $50 per hour)
Investing in a StoryAlbum is a gift for the whole family, as all of your families’ special memories and photos are preserved in one place. You will even rediscover memories and stories you’d forgotten, and read about new ones you'd never heard of before. Since a StoryAlbum is a multi-generational gift, most clients prefer to invest in a book as a group, split up evenly between siblings, cousins or kids.
Each StoryAlbum's price is as unique as the memories that fill their pages. Your StoryAlbum is custom-written for you and your family, so the price will depend on the package you choose and the length of the StoryAlbum.
Ready to learn more?
Introduce yourself over on the contact form to get started!