How I Unlocked My Creative Spirit

I am so proud and honoured to introduce to you my client and now dear friend Victoria Mallon. Victoria came to me with her project and I assisted her in completing it. She is my first student who is truly talented firstly in photography and now expressing her creativity in her own personalised  Photo Slideshows. Below is Victoria’s post on how she started her journey into creating her own Digital Photo Album. Please take sometime to read it and also to watch her Slideshow and be amazed at how easy it is to learn and create your own family photo slideshows.

12 months ago, I decided to learn how to create Slideshows on DVD. The Microsoft Windows DVD program installed on my PC, failed to impress and I wanted to be a little more creative. I searched online for a program to purchase, without luck as firstly, I had no idea what I was really looking for then most companies I contacted only wanted to create expensive Slideshow DVD’s for me. They were not willing to offer advice. I found the whole experience very frustrating and was considering giving up my search until by chance, I discovered Photoshow on DVD via Google.

What a find! Following lengthy discussions as to what my expectations were Alison (Photoshow) suggested I purchase a program – Proshow Gold – and encouraged me to learn how to create my own Slideshows (even though the Photo business is primarily that of creating Slideshows). I downloaded Proshow Gold to my computer and having limited software knowledge I struggled with the program.

Alison continued to assist me via telephone whenever I encountered difficulty and was generally available when required. Finally without a lot of effort I succeeded.

My first Slideshow Production was of the first year of my friend’s twin boys which I presented to the family as a gift on “the boys” first birthday. It gave me joy to present their story and the family were thrilled with such a personal gift, all in all a resounding success.

The results of learning Slideshows on DVD exceeded my initial expectations and has greatly enhanced the enjoyment of my hobby of photography.

At 60 plus, I was thrilled to master the program which in actuality proved to be quite simple. I have since upgraded to Proshow Producer, allowing further creativity. I completed a 12 min Slideshow of a recent trip to Lake Eyre preserving memories of a once in a lifetime trip, now working on a family wedding and a holiday in Europe. There is no doubt people’s attention span is greatly enhanced by viewing a Photoshow DVD, far surpassing the appeal of a photographic album.

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About Alison Laverty

Alison Laverty is a Singapore born Eurasian of Portuguese descent. Specialising in multimedia, Alison creates photo slideshows and video production for families and businesses. Her mission is to help people honour life by celebrating and recognising their achievements through photographic and video memories. Alison is currently writing her forthcoming book of memoirs "The Human Touch - A Story About Connections".

  • Jackie Young

    What a wonderful achievement Victoria! Felt like I was with you at St Petersburg. You should be very proud of this creative DVD. You have shown a great passion for photography and such an ability to take the next step to become a Producer along with your other skills.

    • Victoria Mallon

      Ah Jackie – thank you – creating the Slideshow was such fun also reliving what was a wonderful holiday then being able to share with you – so much better than flicking through photos or staring at the PC viewing hundreds of photos.
      V xx

  • :Helen Wilson

    Fantastic. Loved every minute of this floral feast. Liked the way the slideshow moved so peacefully through your photos of Peterhoff. Watching your video has given me some great ideas of what to do with years of photos. Proshow sounds like a very useful and creative tool. Enjoy making more DVDs. Ciao.

    • Victoria Mallon

      Thank you Helen for your words of support so pleased you enjoyed. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge completing this Slideshow a truly wonderful program with a very patient and talented Tutor. Alison was always available as i struggled not only with the program but providing belief in myself and my ability. Your relocating to Adelaide may just allow you the time and inspiration to also complete a course …. All those holiday & family pics ….. V xx