Tuesday, 24 March 2009

The Power of Music

If people ask me why I set up Sentiment the usual reply isMusic’!

Knowing how music can vastly change an image you are watching, an event you are attending or an emotion that you are experiencing is the main reason for driving Sentiment forward. The right music at a funeral or an event can leave an impact that will last forever in your heart. And the right music set to photos or video means you will watch it over and over again feeding from the comfort of both the music and the imagery.

Music has the power to influence your mood, manipulate your perceptions and make a situation better.

I am well aware that not everyone is a music ‘boff’, in fact I have been incredibly surprised that half of my clients have no idea what music they want for their DVDs or events. In this instance I get the honourable opportunity to get to understand their tastes and help them choose something that’s appropriate and meaningful to them.

Here is my first instalment of
'Music For The Soul'... There is something here for everyone.

Join up to
Spotify to link direct to the play list . If you don't already have a Spotify account then I would suggest you get one - its free and blooming great... the best music site next to LastFM

For those of you who are dedicated LastFM users then do check out Spotify , otherwise link to the LastFM playlist

I'll be doing more play lists - if your lucky you'll get one every month!!!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Jades wedding - photo slideshow / photo montage

So did anyone watch Jades wedding on Living TV?I love a good wedding so settled down to watch the 2 hour episode - I cried my eyes out all the way through! what did you think?

There was a lovely photo slideshow / photo montage provided by her ‘best men’– I love that photo montages are becoming the norm for weddings, funerals and anniversaries.

http://www.sentiment-productions.co.uk/ caters for all celebrations of life. New samples due to go up on the website in the next few weeks in the mean time there have been some updates, in products including memory books.

Monday, 9 March 2009

'Wendy Richards.. she was a good laugh'

2 blogs in 1 day - you are lucky people!!!

Great report from the
beeb on Wendy Richards funeral

I love the comments

"Wendy's gonna love this"
"The whole thing was a show, I was mesmerised"

"A Stitch in Time Saves Nine"

"A Stitch in Time Saves Nine" ...It’s one of those phrases my Mum and Nan would use when I was a kid (in reference to keeping on top of things) I never paid much attention, I always ended up spending all day Saturday tidying a week’s worth of mess in my bedroom! I wish my Mum and Nan had taken their own advise when it came to organising their photos, memories and music. Trying to organise photos for my dad's 60th birthday was quiet a task when crammed up in the loft with a torch trying to hunt through 6 box's and a 2 bags of jumbled up photos!

I have this 'super organised' client who has asked us to create a life biography for her husband. On our first meeting she pulled out from her cupboard:

  • 20+ photo albums, in year order.
  • 10 CD’s each containing photo files all in order + a contact sheet for each file (A4 print out of all the photos) - not even I’m that organised!!!
  • A box of photos all organised in date and event order packs with big bold back writing on each pack with details of what the photos are
  • A box of video tapes is labeled and in date order
  • Love letters, cards and trinkets all boxed up in order of year and everything is label in some way

For me she is a dream client! Instead of spending a weeks organising photos we sat down for an afternoon and the process was enjoyable , relaxing and rather therapeutic for her... this is not the norm. Often it gets stressful and more like a labour of love!

So ... today take with you ‘A stitch in time’... it’s never too late to start organising. A few minutes here and there and you could save yourself and your family much so much time and stress, plus you can actull
y start to enjoy your photos!

Digital Photo Organisation Tips

  • File everything chronologically.
  • In my Pictures folder have a folder named for each year, for instance, "2006."
  • In each year's have a folder for each month, named for the number of the month, like "01." Always use a leading zero, like "01" instead of "1," or the name of the month so they always list in the correct order.
  • In each month's folder have a new folder for each day / event / holiday: ie "09 Brighton Beach."
  • Name each photo or favourite photos with key words to help with searches in the future
  • Have a ‘highlights’ file for each year with a copy of all the best photos
  • BACK UP YOUR PHOTOS create CD’s and even update onto external hard drives. Back them up!

Hard Copy Photo Organisatation Tips

  • Put aside a Friday evening with a bottle of wine/ gin/ tea = whatever your favourite tipple
  • Put on some good music
  • On the floor lay out A3 white envelopes + colourful dividers a black marker pen for the envelopes and a pencil to write on the back of photos if needed. + storage box's
  • File them in a similar order to your digital image.
  • Write on the front of the envelopes dates, events etc
  • Use divider to separate years / or decade in some cases!
  • Take notes of any photos that you would like to scan
  • Put aside a date when you can sit and scan the photos or send them to us and we’ll scan them
  • Any old VHS and cine film get transferred to digital!

why a stitch in time?...