Intro by Skip Cohen
Suzette Allen is back with another great idea on how to bring more excitement to your holiday message this season. It's all about taking advantage of the creative tools in ProShow Web by creating a holiday newsletter.
It's so easy to do and depending on your target audience you can change the images you're sharing. For example, if you wanted to send something to a client list that had a stronger business theme, it's so easy for you to use images from this year's events, people and products you photographed. On the more personal side with family and friends, pictures of those special moments in your life over 2017 become a great theme. And, if you just want to keep with a more festive theme, then find a great quote and build images around it.
For example, I put out a tweet this morning, "Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile" Author Anon. If I was building a slide show around that theme for a holiday newsletter to family and friends, I'd start with this shot of me and Sheila taken by our good friend, Sherry Hagerman last spring.
The only point Suzette made that's different in our house, out of all the friends who send out newsletters, we've only got one we really enjoy. They're all sincere and they mean a lot to us, but most of them are too dry and often too long. But a slideshow newsletter would be so much fun to watch and have a far greater impact on contributing to the good wishes of the holiday season.
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It’s that time again… figuring who is on the list for cards, for presents, for THE Newsletter….Our abridged version of Life in 2017, neatly folded in quarters so it fits in the greeting card.
Honestly, we really look forward to the Christmas Newsletters we get from friends, highlighting the best events and moments of the year… the graduations, the big moves, the accomplishments and glory moments. We have a few friends who send “the year in pictures” sheets, which are even better! And, as photographers, we especially appreciate the visual versions of the stories, right? We would much rather SEE the story than hear it, and many of us are professional storytellers with images, much more than wordsmiths for sure! But EVERYONE loves photos! I always say Photography is America’s Number One Hobby! (and by the way, did you know that 67% of all statistics are made up on the spot?) It seems plausible to me! J
But if you dare not take the risk of boring your friends and relatives, but really want to share the lovely places, faces and moments of the year in a way that is sure to entertain, try making a truly COOL Christmas newsletter and either sharing with a photo (use Live Portrait to play the video from a print) or save the postage and send the link to the video via email!
It’s really easy to “step up your Christmas Newsletter game” and be cool-- we made one last year. We traveled a lot and, the truth is, no one wants to read:
“in July we went to Sedona and it was hot. In August we went to Minnesota and it was green and we got bit by mosquitos quite a lot. In September it was back to school……”,
But, you COULD share three great pictures to tell those stories and make people smile! Set it to music and you might get them to be-bop just a little in their chair while they enjoy the show!
Check out our card from 2016, and see how we just tossed in a few fun selfies and then a lot of cool images from the year’s adventures. We could have added videos too but it would have been too long. (it starts with two slow pics then it goes pretty fast!) Definitely worth watching. To tell all these stories would be a short novel!
This was SO easy to make with ProShowWeb. We picked a theme, [Simplicity Zoom Dark] uploaded them all [by dragNdrop] and picked music from the selection provided [Blue Factor], hit Build, and a little bit later, had a show worthy of sharing!
Take the time this season to REMEMBER the moments and SHARE them with others. Don’t let your phone be the only one to see the fun you had. Even our snapshots capture our lives and help us hang on to the things we would probably forget because life blurs by faster each year. Make the time to Find the images, Build that show, and Share those memories!
This summer we had the chance to spend a few days with Skip and Sheila and one of Skip’s greatest talents is the way he remembers people--he tells stories and keeps memories alive. It’s a true talent and skill (besides being a great writer). I’m guessing that is part of the reason he believes in Photodex, because it is such a fabulous tool for recording, creating and sharing life’s beautiful images and moments.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.