October Photo-a-Day Challenge

Fall, pumpkins, football and costumes…  Join our Photo-a-Day challenge on Instagram during the month of October. It's simple to join by taking a photo with your smartphone that goes along with the daily prompt, tagging us – @YesVideo and by adding both hashtags #YesMemory as well as #PhotoADay so everyone can follow along.

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, whether you are

a vegetarian or not remember momma said to eat those greens.  Show us a photo of your veggie of the day.  Head out at night and capture a beautiful photo of the moon to share with us on October 2nd.  Get creative on the 3rd, Techies Day.  Snap a photo of your Boss for National Boss Day on the 16th.  Feel free to use your imagination with the daily prompts.

Hopefully the photo-a-day challenge gets you in the habit of capturing memories every day, no matter how big or small.  We can't wait to see how you interpret each prompt and are excited to see your pictures!

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Adventure in NOLA – Wordless Wednesday

Thanks for the warm welcome, New Orleans and AARP Members! We had a blast at the AARP National Event. Hope you enjoyed the popcorn. Looking forward to see you all at next year’s National Events!

This week we are featuring a camping cutie from Over Thirty Mommy.

A Better Way to Preserve School Days Memories and Projects

I thought I had a brilliant idea when my twins were in Kindergarten.

Our school does a fundraiser where you can order stuff with an image of your child's artwork on it. In art class the kids create their design on a special paper and then an order sheet comes home with the design so you can decide if you want a magnet, a mug, an apron, or other various items. I noticed there was a memory book and decided I would order a memory book every year and keep all of their school craft projects and photos in there to document the year!

Except the first year alone looks like this.

3 inches thick and full of memories

In case you can't see from the picture, that thing is about 3 inches thick! Can you imagine 12 more of these? Times two (because I have twins)?? Where in the world will I store these?

At one point my mom and I carefully sorted through the first grade pile. I believe these portfolios hold second grade.

portfolio of school memories

And I believe this basket is overflowing with 3rd grade projects, papers, and other work we deemed too special to recycle.

pile of memories from 3rd grade

We live and we learn.

Fast forward to fourth grade and I'm ready to consider a more modern way to store my twins' school projects AND add in special moments we've captured on video!

With YesVideo we can create digital memory books of all the important school accomplishments. Snap a photo of the spelling or math quiz they aced. Scan their best writing assignments instead of letting them pile up.  And, when they are finally getting ready to move out, instead of hauling 3-inch thick binders down from the attic I'll be able to hand over DVDs that have memories fro

m their first trip to Disney World.

I will keep a few originals, like this snow man who loves to read and comes complete with his own mini book.

this is a keeper

Adding Video Memories

The brilliance of a YesVideo digital memory book is that I can add video memories. I can take a photo of the book report cover but then add a video of her reading her report. Example – when they were in kindergarten they were really into writing their own books. I started video taping them because the piles of paper became unmanageable!

Plus, think of all the miscellaneous artwork that comes home. For example, we have a collection of ceramic dogs and cats that is slowly building from various birthday parties.

How many ceramic animals do we really need to keep?

And how about our collection of clay food. I've actually already tossed some of the food. Now I wish I had snapped a photo before I did so one day I could show them HOW MUCH clay food we had sitting around.

mmm, delicious clay food collecting dust

Well wouldn't it be great to video them holding up their collections, talk about each piece, where they made it, why they chose to make it, what they like about it and more? Then, TOSS those dust collectors out!

How do you preserve your child's school artwork, projects, and other memories?

Janine Nickel lives in the DC area and writes about raising her twins at TwoferMom.com and about the challenges of being a full-time work-from-home parent at HomeOfficeHustle.com.

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Heading to AARP – Wordless Wednesday

YesVideo will be at AARP Life At +50 in New Orleans this week. Swing by our booth for exclusive offers, a fresh bag of popcorn, or just to say hello!

Today's feature is Jessica Lieb from The B Keeps Us Honest.  That smil

e is worth 1,000 words!


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Craft a Memory

As you know, we love Pinterest.  Not only do we love seeing all the wonderful photos and videos being shared, we love finding other ideas for preserving your memories.  Below are a few of our favorite pins featured on our Craft a Memory board.  Some memories are preserved through crafts and some crafts help make memories…

How adorable is this homemade DIY photo calendar?  This calendar would make the best gift and would sit perfect on your desk.  It would be even more memorable if you were able to use a photo of your child from the same month in the previous year.  That way each month you would be able to reminisce and compare their growth from exactly a year ago.

Source: lovelygreenlifestyle.blogspot.com via YesVideo on Pinterest

Like the old saying goes 'a photo is worth 1,000 words', this idea says it best.  Photos capture memories that last beyond a lifetime and often they are used to relive those special moments.  Surprising a loved one by tying some of your old photos to balloons gives a unique twist to a birthday boutique.

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Everyone has fun taking photos in a photo booth.  If you dust off your old boxes of photos in your closet you are bound to find at least one photo strip of black and white images.  Try turning those into a creative greeting card!  I bet you could make some old high school friends laugh when they open a letter from you and are surprised with a photo strip from the good ole' days.

Although you capture many memories within video and photos, there are always those souvenirs and small tokens of our life adventures.  This craft is a great way to include those items alongside your photos.

Not all special moments can be documented clearly through video and photographs only. Sometimes you need a little demonstration.  This craft is pure sweetness.

Help us find you on Pinterest by following us.  We love to connect with fellow pinners and cannot wait to check out all your boards.  To find more ways to craft your memories visit our Craft a Memory board.

How do you preserve your memories?  What is your favorite DIY craft to document that special moment in life?

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YesVideo Moments – Wordless Wednesday

Behind the scenes with YesVideo:

  • Bill trains store managers on our new services
  • Matt and Jose with their new mini tape guns
  • Surprise chocolate gifts from Lisa’s vacation
  • Entertaining our out-of-town guest at San Jose’s famous Winchester Mystery House
  • Happy Birthday Jen

This week we are featuring a funny photo from Jennifer over at The Rebel Chick.  You have to check out her full post to understand the comic beh

ind it.  We just could not pass up the opportunity to feature this photo of her beautiful Alaskan Malamute, Foxy.  We love our furry friends.


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YesVideo’s 5 Tips for Sharing Memories at High School Reunions

Blogger and friend, Rajean Blomquist, approached us for some advice regarding her upcoming high school reunion.

Rajean: I’d love ideas on how to use your service for a BIG high school reunion I’m attending in six weeks. I planned the two previous ones our class has had and I’m thrilled to simply be attending this time around. But I know we all enjoyed the slides (old school, ha) we had set up on a loop in the corners of the room. These were from photos people had submitted. I’d like to take something as my little contribution.

Warriorettes

Warriorettes! (kickline)

YesVideo: Rajean, what a fun project! We love reunions and have challenged the team to think of creative ways to share your classic memories with the whole group. Here are some ideas:

  1. It would be great to show DVDs of your photos and videos on big screens throughout the party room. If you have the footage separated into years, what about simultaneously looping one slideshow in each corner for each year in high school?
  2. If you need slides, photos or even negatives digitized, we can deliver those as JPEG images. Once you have the digital files, you can order photo books, photo collages or a number of other custom photo items from any photo gift website to put out on display so your classmates can enjoy them together and reminisce. It is always fun to combine classic photos with present-day ones, to see how much everyone has grown and changed.
  3. If you have an email group or online community with your classmates, send out an old photo or video link to the group each day, counting down to the big celebration. Caption them with quirky titles and start fun conversations.
  4. If you want to order a handful of disc copies for your classmates, to give out these memorable keepsakes as unique party favors, door prizes, we would be happy to work out a volume discount for you.
  5. Unfortunately, we can’t transfer clips directly from YouTube to DVD. If you have the source footage as digital video files on a jump drive or SD card, we can transfer those files into a DVD or Blu-ray slideshow. Otherwise, if you will have an internet connection, you can compile the clips into one streaming YouTube channel.

Hope this helps. Have a great time and please let us know how it goes!

Once A Warrior....Always A Warrior!

Rajean and her classmates will always be Warriors!

 

Class of '82

Class of '82 Senior Cabinet (from our yearbook). We love the perm, but Rajean remembers being compared to Reagan from the Exorcist. (Hmm...Rajean and Reagan...)

10 Year Club – Wordless Wednesday

Congratulations to Marty, Eric and Ronnie who just got inducted to YesVideo’s 10-Year Club. Thank you for 10 years of hard work and dedication, and cheers to many more!

This week we are featuring an amazing photo from Not So Average Mama.  Her photography is just breathtaking and we love our furry friends!


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What Is a Photo Really Worth?

Today’s post comes from our Marketing team. Darian reminisces about preserving timeless moments from his own “big day.”

When my wife and I got married we knew the wedding was going to be a strain on our finances, but we thought, “it’s worth it.”

Some photos from my weddingIt was worth the great bed & breakfast in Napa, CA with a beautiful rose garden.

It was worth the expensive flowers draped around the chairs and pews.

It was worth the pricey wedding cake that we’d share with family.

It was worth the beautiful wedding dress that would be worn once then closeted away.

It was even worth the expensive photographer whose pictures we’d reminisce over for years to come. Or so we thought.

We put those photos in albums, stored them on the living room built-in shelves and never looked at them again. Some of the happiest moments in our lives yet we never pull those albums out. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. I did an informal survey of 10 married couples and found that only one couple had brought out their wedding albums since their one-year anniversary (and that was because they had relatives visiting from overseas!).

Wedding Photos

Why is it that one of the bigger expenses of weddings goes unused, under-appreciated, and almost forgotten? When I asked those coupleswhy, they shrugged and in similar words said, “if those photos were on my computer I’d probably look at them more often.”

I went ahead and digitized our favorite wedding album through YesVideo (one of the perks of working here!).  A couple of weeks later we got the photos back saved on a DVD and I loaded it into our DVD player. Instead of watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” we found ourselves laughing over silly dance moments, reminiscing over family members who have since passed away, and almost crying at how young and trim we were (what happened to my hairline?!). We’ve even posted some of those photos to Facebook, emailed copies to friends, and had a few blown up for our family photo wall.

So, in the end it was really the $150 getting those photos digitized that made the thousands of dollars we spent on a photographer worth it. However, I’m still questioning the expensive flowers…