We loved this submission from Sarah and Burton Richardson. Sarah wrote, “As soon as we decided to try to get pregnant, my husband got this idea for a time lapse video. He’d never seen it done with video footage, only with photo montages. Every week, I stood in the same spot at our martial arts dojo and did my little twirl up to 2 days prior to giving birth. The very last twirl was done when our baby was one week old. We are very pleased with the result and trust this could inspire some of your readers to do the same. My child is now almost 3 and I do cherish this video.”
Chris Wiegand of Dallas, Texas has a way with with video, there’s no question about that. Never has a first haircut looked so fun. But the the real message in here for me wasn’t so much the haircut as it was his way of telling a STORY from this little boy’s childhood – something that always inspires me.
Everyone from our 2012 Creative Team makes an appearance in this short & sweet video to send their warm holiday greetings. SO fun to see them in “real life” when we mostly just see their pictures. ; )
And from me, and David, and our little team … Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone. We sincerely hope that you’re enjoying this time together with those who love you most. And for those of you missing your loved ones right now because they’re not nearby, may you feel comforted in every way.
The maker of this little film? His name is Tom Barger of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. But he’s not even the one who submitted this to us. Nope. That would be his sister-in-law Bethany Barger who wrote “When I saw your request for the 12 Videos of Christmas I couldn’t resist submitting this one. I am actually not the creator of this video. It was my 22 year old brother-in-law who filmed and created it (what kid does that? I love him). He graduated from college last year and moved a few states away so I have now lost my scrapping buddy ”
First of all, I love that you can tell how much love is in this family. Second of all, with Christmas right around the corner, and so many of you already in transit or in the middle of last-minute plans … this video is a reminder of how wonderful it is to document our celebrations and traditions – and to not forget video! In 2010, while Tom was still in college, he made a little movie he called “A Very Barger Christmas” that was similar to this one. His family all loved it so much that now he is officially designated to put together mini-movies whenever there is a holiday or a trip with the whole family.
Wouldn’t we all love Tom to hang out with our families over Christmas and document the way he does with his family? Better yet – aren’t we all feeling a little more inspired to pull off something like this next week?
Equipment: Tom shot this using only an application on his iPhone called “8mm”. That’s how he got the vintage look. He then edited and put together the mini-movie using iMovie.
‘Tis the season for snow days across the world. We absolutely love this home video from Erin Madsen of Bountiful, Utah. She’s a fan of recording and remembering everyday moments just like we are, and that’s why she made this movie.
Today’s video winner is someone near and dear to me. Gina Zeidler of Minneapolis is a professional photographer that tagged along with Natalie Norton, who photographed our family last year. She was sneaky enough to get some video while Natalie was shooting and then made the most darling little video that I will treasure forever – and we actually shared the video with friends and family last year in lieu of printed Christmas cards for a change of pace (so liberating to do one less project actually).
Hello, lucky us. Natalie and Gina both documenting our family for a couple hours? Dreamy. And more importantly, these are 2 rare gems in the world. Giant hearts. Insanely talented. Devoted to doing good in the world. I love them.
So back to the video … Gina made this little number of Miss Emily Ley just being with her sweet baby. And what’s even more fun is that I’ve become familiar with Emily through social media and totally dig what she does and how she has built her brand (I love her little video on the home page). So I apologize in advance … but if you didn’t already know these gals, you now have 2 photographers that you’ll want to photograph your family and you’ll have a whole collection of planners, stationery, and accessories that you’ll want to buy. ; )
This is called Sleep Baby. A minute and a half of pure preciousness. I know this comes during a time when so many of us have heavy hearts about the sweet children whose lives ended tragically last weekend in Newtown, CT. May this be motivation to get more video footage of our children … with our children.
I have to believe Monica Bradford of Kansas City, Missouri had a blast making this video. Obviously our team loved this little number that she pulled off – and we think you will too.
In Monica’s own words: I just had to hop on the pop culture band wagon and create my own version of the Call Me Maybe craze. Call it an ode to my favorite scrappy supplies. Or a gal so happy to have both boys in school and the days to herself that she just has to sing it from the mountaintops. Or just call it Monica being super silly. But whatever you call it… Call Me Maybe!
Eliu Hernandez of Broomfield, Colorado entered our video contest with this comment: “My sister, Eliza, is a Project Lifer and suggested, insisted, I enter your contest.” We’re glad he did! To create this proposal video for the love of his life, Eliu took more than 800 photos over 10 hours on a weekend. He used 4 boxes of crayons, a dollar bill, and a bunch of change. He also used a lump of coal that he borrowed from her dad a year and a half ago (an idea marinating in his head for a while) and a broken salad dressing bottle. It added up to a 2.5-minute video, a very sore neck and back, and a feeling of complete satisfaction for Eliu.
In Eliu’s own words on Nov. 22: I’ve enjoyed making stop-motion videos for a while now and I’ve been playing with this idea in my head for several months. I had a man-cation last week as my girlfriend was away on vacation for a few days. I showed it to her yesterday. It made her cry right about the time I got a bit of dust in my eye. She said ‘yes’ and we’re now celebrating with family for Thanksgiving weekend.
Oh my stars. Kris Murray. Does this name ring a bell? She was one of our unforgettable video contest winners last year and if she ever decides to NOT enter, I’ll head to Alberta, Canada and go knocking on her door. If you missed last year’s video, catch it here. Pure awesomeness in documenting the everyday.
Kris seriously needs to be my next door neighbor. I don’t know her personally, but I love her. I love how she documents. I love how you can tell she loves her role as a wife and mother without trying to paint it as some rosy journey. In her own words:
As soon as I heard this song by Go Fish Guys, I could just imagine my life as a music video to the song and wanted to get started on it so bad! But, I am a procrastinator and only seem to be motivated by urgency. So, I kept putting it off and onto the back burner ONLY until I read about the 12 Videos of Christmas contest. BOOM! Urgency! Instantly motivated. And I got ‘er done! I love a good contest, but I also need a kick in the pants when it comes to making sure I take time to document my BLESSED, beautiful life!
Just as Santa has his elves, I have my team. I could absolutely, positively NOT do all of this without them. We are few in numbers – but man, they are the BEST. As in – for real. The best. So Brandi is my Project Manager (and my dear friend). Organizing and sorting through all the submissions we get on a regular basis is a project. Specifically, the 12 Videos of Christmas contest is indeed a project. And of course she has done such an amazing job helping to narrow down the selection (I personally hand-picked the final winners), contacting everyone, and everything else involved in the project.
So imagine my delight when Brandi slipped her OWN video into the submissions. Like I said when I announced the contest, ANYone was eligible to submit and she took that seriously … and made a video that’s completely not serious at all. Pure fun. Pure adorableness. With her very best friend (and other dear friend of mine) Allison. They got together in New Mexico over Thanksgiving and did what they love to do the most when they’re together: Laugh, dance, and make videos.
Equipment: JVC camcorder & Canon Rebel dslr (created with Windows Live Movie Maker).
Speaking of Brandi and speaking of submissions (since she manages that inbox) … I’ll remind you that email@example.com is the place to email when you want to SHARE with us:
- your Project Life pages
- your inspiring everyday photo ideas (I post one nearly every day on facebook + twitter)
- your ideas for what would be a great blog post
We are constantly on the look-out for what YOU are doing, how YOU are cultivating a good life and recording it, how YOU are photographing everyday life. Don’t be shy.
The following are notes from individuals and families who have generously donated to my brother's family. There are many others who donated beyond the notes you see below and the ads you see on my blog. We can not thank you enough for your kindness and generosity during this very difficult time. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Jonathan -- May god give you strength and courage in the coming months. Enjoy your family. Love you wife and hug your kids. Lean on Him. He can handle it. God Bless.
- Tricia Shelton
May you be surrounded by love, friendship and family in this difficult time.
- The Gourlay Family
Dear Jonathan, Tina and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although we have never met, we felt compelled to reach out to you. We hope that through these well wishes you feel loved and cared for. Life is about our families, communities and sharing love with each other. Through Becky's blog, I know that you have a wonderful family. We hope you know that through Becky's web community, you now have many new friends thinking of you. May you find strength in God and from all the prayers said on your behalf.
I wish you all love, peace, courage, and strength for the days ahead. I'll be praying. Be blessed!
You and your family are in our prayers. God Bless!
- Angie Murray
Thank you, Jonathan, for being there to support Becky while she shared her gifts and talents with me through the years, albeit remotely. This small gift is the least I can do to say thank you. God bless you and your family.
- With loving thoughts, Terri C
Although I've never met Jonathan, I have been following Becky's articles, books, and blog for years—even met her once at CKU Orlando. Like so many that Becky has touched, I've always admired the love, unity, and values of your large and beautiful family. I wish you all love, peace, courage, and strength for the days ahead. I'll be praying. Be blessed!
All I can say is that I believe God has heard your call because He certainly placed it on my heart to respond. It was loud and clear. And when He's involved, great things far beyond what you and I can comprehend will occur and I pray that gives you peace today and the days to come.
- Peggy Krantz
May you continue to find peace and comfort knowing you are surrounded by loving family and friends.
My heart is filled with love and pain and gratitude for eternal families as I have read about the challenge your family faces. Please accept my donation as a small token to help ease the significant, and often devastating, monetary burdens that come with this challenge. Thank you for a fine example of strength during the darkest times we face in life - an example that gives courage to others struggling with trials in their lives.
To Jonathan and family - I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
- God bless all of you, Leslie Schmitt
"Praying for you and your family." 1 Peter 5:7
- Kristina Proffitt
I'm praying for you throughout each day and asking God to give each of you the strength, comfort, and peace to get through this enormous trial. May God bless all of you in ways you never could've imagined and may His mighty and healing hand be especially upon you Jonathan.
- Much love, Lisa in Florida
May you continue to find peace and comfort knowing you are surrounded by loving family and friends.
Dear Jonathan and family, Our heartfelt prayers are with you and your family. May you know in your hearts that there will always be someone, whether here or above, who will always be with each one of you.
Jonathan, his family, friends, and coworkers are all in my prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us- it's very inspiring to see Jonathan's strength through this battle.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is that small voice at the end of the day that says 'I will try again tomorrow' " - Mary Anne Radmacher - The last year has been really difficult for me, but this quote always seems to help. I hope it helps you and your family, as well. Don't forget, miracles really do happen. Hang in there and keep your chin up.
- Love and prayers from NM, Stephanie Taylor
To Jonathan, Tina and your entire family: I wish there were more that I could do to help you. Becky's books have been my favorites since I first read them. Because she shared family photos and stories, I feel like you are all old friends. Good luck and I am sending happy thoughts and sparkly wishes your way!
- Jacki Samolsky
Big hugs and lots of prayers of healing and peace to your whole family.