Monday, February 6, 2017

Stories Not Forgotten

Telling your story is important.  No one else can give what you give to the world, and no one can tell your story quite like you can.  It's why I'm so passionate about Heritage Makers--because it gives you a high-quality, beautiful way to do just that.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Trish Tolentino.  After her grandmother's health was in danger, Trish felt impressed by the need to learn more about her grandma's life and experiences.  She borrowed a friend's camcorder and shot video for a couple of days.  Trish learned about her grandmother's amazing life, stories about the Japanese invading the Philippines during World War II, how she met Trish's grandpa, and more.  Following this experience, combining the urgency Trish felt about saving her grandma's stories with her degree in Media Communications, Trish's company, Stories Not Forgotten, was born.  You can read more about Trish and Stories Not Forgotten {right here.}

 Trish and I connected immediately because we know and believe the same things:  Everyone has a story.  Everyone's story needs to be told.  WE benefit from telling our stories and preserving our memories, and so does every person who loves us.  If we don't take advantage of the present, who knows what the future holds.  (I don't mean that from a doomsday perspective, I just mean that things change.  Because they do.  I took about 300 photos on the last family vacation we took with my mom, but she wasn't in many of them.  She was tired and exhausted from chemo, and although she really did look fantastic in hats, she didn't particularly look like HER.  Things changed.)  It's just important to do important things now.

If you're in the Denver or St. Louis areas, get in contact with Trish and get your loved one's story preserved in their own voice.  It's irreplaceable.

You can see some samples of what a Stories Not Forgotten video looks like at the website, but there's also one right here on my website!  Did you see the new "meet me" video in the sidebar?  That was done by Trish!  She was AMAZING to work with and so talented.  It was truly a pleasure.  I would absolutely recommend her to anyone!

Haven't seen my "meet me" video?  Here it is! 

Isn't that awesome?  It was such a great experience.  Here we are near the end of the shoot while she was capturing some of the product shots.
Trish is knowledgeable and an excellent videographer, but she also really has a talent for making people feel comfortable and at ease.  Which is exactly what you want from someone helping you tell your stories!

Everyone has a story.  What's yours?