Graduation caps that’ll give you all the feels

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re the one walking across the podium, or you’re the parent ugly crying in the audience, graduations evoke all sorts of emotions.

Over the next month, thousands of commencement speakers will try to inspire their audiences through crafty prose and lengthy stories (and probably throw in a few Dr. Seuss quotes along the way).

But sometimes the most inspirational messages are not told from the podium, but from the tops of the graduates’ heads. Their decorated caps represent their own, personal journeys. They share powerful words of determination and strength.

Of all the hats that will be thrown around this graduation season, here are just a few of our favorites:

Graduation day is one that you’ll never want to forget. We can take the photos and videos from your special day and turn it into a beautifully edited DVD. Check out today to find out how.

6 tips for taking better videos of your kids

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Say goodbye to poorly shot family home videos. Your memories deserve better. With just a few simple tricks, you can you take much better video of your kids:

1. Turn your camera

Film horizontally, instead of vertically. If you don’t, you’ll end up with black bars on the sides of the video when you watch it on a computer or TV.

If you film your videos horizontally, the image will fill the screen when you view it on another device. It’s a much better viewing experience.

2. Use good lighting

In the world of film and photography, lighting is everything. Outdoor lighting is better than indoor lighting. If you’re filming inside, open up the windows and try to get as much natural light as possible.

If you’re filming at night, or in a poorly lit room, grab lamps or other light sources from other rooms to increase visibility.

3. Invest in a tripod

You’ll never regret it.

Not only will it help steady your shots, it also gives you the opportunity to get in the video with your kids. You’ll have actual proof that you were there enjoying the moment.

3. Remember the rule of thirds

Interviewing your kid? Filming a school performance? Choir solo? Keep in mind the rule of thirds.

The concept is simple. Divide the image into nine equal parts and then center your child either along one of the lines or at an intersection. It makes for a much more visually appealing shot.

5. Know how to use your camera

Whether it’s an iPhone or a DSLR, make sure you know how to use your camera properly before you start shooting. It’s important to read the manual, so you can ensure you get the best footage possible.

6. Edit, burn, watch

Don’t keep your videos hidden on a phone or a computer forever. Edit them and then burn them onto a DVD, so your kids can enjoy watching their lives on the big screen. We can even do it for you. Check out to learn more.

Meaningful Mother’s Day gift ideas

Saturday, 5 May, 2018

Take a hard pass on buying your mom flowers this Mother’s Day and get her a present that will last forever. Here are a few unique and meaningful gift ideas that are guaranteed to make your mom cry (in a good way):

  1. Letters to My Mom

If you want to tell you mom how much she means to you, but you’re not sure how, this gift is a great place to start. Each book includes 12 envelopes and 10 writing prompts to help you get your thoughts flowing.

You can buy it from Leaf Cutter Design for $14.25.

  1. Personalized DVD

What better gift can you give than the gift of memories? Turn the videos on your phone into a beautifully edited DVD using Record family members sharing their favorite family stories and turn it into a video she can enjoy over and over again.

Download the free app by visiting our website.

  1. DNA Test

There is something powerful about knowing where you came from. Give your mom the gift of family by sending her a DNA test. Not only will it help her find out more about her past, but it can give her important insights into potential health risks as well.

You can get one from 23andMe for $199 

  1. Family Tree

If she already knows a thing or two about her ancestors, how about getting her one of these gorgeous family trees instead? Branches Art will turn your family records into a piece of home décor you mom would be proud to hang on her wall.

You can buy it from Branches Art starting at $59.99.

  1. Mom Wish Box

Inside each wooden box are 25 notecards that you can use to list all the reasons why you love your mother. This cute, little keepsake is a fun, simple way to express your feelings.

You can buy it from Paper Source for $14.95.