Capturing special moments on film is a great way to relive precious memories. But creating a video scrapbook is the latest way to make your memories come alive! Even if you’re not a technical genius, you can make a fun and creative video scrapbook to share as a special Mother’s Day gift — with the advice of an expert, of course. Here we offer some tips from video guru Christa Middleman, who owns and operates TaKen Video Productions, LLC, with her business partner, Kendra Davidson.
Middleman offers these tips for starters:
- “Use the highest quality camera available to you,” she says.
- Get familiar with the video camera and equipment before you start shooting.
- “Good lighting is key, and if you are going to interview anyone, make sure that you are close enough to your subject to capture quality audio,” she says.
- Keep background noise at a minimum if you are not planning on using professional audio.
- If you are planning on doing an interview, have some questions prepared or a general outline of what you want the interview to entail. For example, if the subject is a mom, ask her to share some of her fondest motherhood memories. If you are preparing a video scrapbook for your wife or mother, ask the interview subject to describe one of her favorite moments regarding the recipient of the video scrapbook.
Act like a pro… until you become one
Middleman also encourages the novice videographer to shoot like a professional. “Go for detail shots,” she advises. “Old photos, memorabilia, close shots of old baby shoes, past Mother’s Day gifts, and, most especially, Mom when she’s not paying attention!”
Keep it candid
Candid shots are some of the most meaningful; they tend to capture the true essence of a moment more than a posed photo or video clip. “Candid shots are so amazing. Sneak around to catch your subject unaware!” says Middleman. Try to capture on video some of the things that Mom does best — such as reading to her children or grandchildren, or stirring her famous spaghetti sauce with meatballs. You love these things about her now, but when you look back at the video in a few years, you’ll appreciate those things 10 times over.
Making a memory
Finally, Middleman suggests, “When putting together a scrapbook for someone else, put yourself in the place of the recipient. What memories would you most want to be preserved? What would you most like to hear or say? But, most of all, don’t be shy about recording your emotions in your production. Video is so amazingly powerful — emotional and accurate. And, it’s forever!”