Inspired by the Stories Behind your Photos

Scan10212.1newWhat do you remember most about your childhood?

I remember spending time with my mother who would sit with me endlessly and tell me her childhood stories.

See, my mother experienced World War II when the Japanese occupied Singapore. She showed me photos from her albums and shared her stories of survival. Wow!!

Now, during those days, photos were kept preciously in a sticky back or magnetic albums. Photos were also limited because people could not afford to take and develop photos. So the stories behind those photos tell a tale and became the backbone and reason why the photo was taken. Everyone dressed very posh too as taking a photo meant you have to dress up.

It gave me goosebumps listening to these real life stories shown in her photos.

Why do you take your photos?

To Remember a moment in time because it took your breath away!

In my teens, I adopted the art of writing and keeping Journals. I wrote about 20 Journals where I used a fountain pen to write and paste photos in them that had special meaning in my life, a precious memory. It became a scrapbook keepsake. And every time I experience a memory or learned a lesson, I wrote a story in my Journal.

The Stories Behind Your Photos

img009The photo albums I inherited from my mother had written notes telling a story of either the person or a time in her past. I am so fortunate to inherit these photos as they are a little piece of my Portuguese Eurasian history.

But what about you? Do you take time to share stories with your children?

“Mummy can you play UNO with me? Did you know Grandma experienced World War II. It must have been a scary time for her but I am glad, she survived and live with us now.” – My son at 9 years old.

If we do not make quality time with our children and tell them stories or show them photos from our past, how will they ever learn to appreciate and respect our elderly parents, their grandparents or other matured members of our society.

Share your Stories and be Proud of your Heritage

In our digital age, we are so fortunate to have the technology to store these photo stories in a printed photo book or a photo slideshow video. The beauty of this is you don’t have to include many photos, only those that have a special meaning.

5 Tips to Help You Tell your Story

  1. Choose photos that tell a story or show a special family adventure;
  2. Write down the place, year and why it was special;
  3. Make sure your choice of photos show a natural expression and not a posed photo;
    Note: Natural captured photos show the emotions in that present moment.
  4. Create a photo book and call it “A Family Year in Review” to include other special moments in the year;
  5. When using these photos to create a photo slideshow or photobook, use text and captions to tell a story and choose music to create a mood while it synchronises your photos.

Your story will pass on a special memory that inspires a story behind the photo and share those precious family history.

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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".