Welcome to the Summer 2022 issue!
“In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.”
Judging by the cost of airfare right now, touching the sky this summer is going to cost a pretty penny. Still, lots of folks will be flying to vacation spots and visiting families and friends. Whether you’re in that category, or you plan to save some green by driving or just relaxing at home, have a great time during these “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!”
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Family Legacy Video® e-Newsletter. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone toll-free (888.662.1294) with any questions or comments you have.
Cheers! – – Steve Pender
The time to celebrate your legacy? Now!
“So, it’s a good thing we did this when we did, huh?”
That was my client, Tony, during a recent phone conversation. You see, at the start of summer in 2018 he and I were busily planning for what would become an amazing legacy video shoot – in Italy. Little did we know that a pandemic was lurking around the corner. If Tony had delayed calling me by just over a year, the Italy shoot would never have happened. By the summer of 2020, the country was locked down.
Fortunately for Tony and his family, everything went off without a hitch. For a complete description of our shooting experience, check out Preserving an Italy Family Legacy on Video in the September 2018 Family Legacy Video® e-Newsletter. You might also enjoy a follow-up piece on our use of drones in Italy, called Up, up, and away! Finally, feel free to watch a couple of clips from the completed video to see how it all came together!
Unfortunately, other folks weren’t as lucky. In fact, I can point to several legacy video projects that were cancelled or indefinitely postponed during the pandemic, including one family storyteller who sickened and died before we could record his interview.
One of the lessons I hope Covid-19 has taught folks, or helped them realize, is that life is precious and fleeting. When it comes to recording life stories, “carpe diem” surely applies.
A recent YouGov poll of 6,090 Americans addresses this very subject. It discovered that many Americans regret not preserving conversations with loved ones before they died. According to the poll: Nearly half of Americans (47%) say they regret not recording or documenting a conversation with a person they were close to who is no longer alive. People who said they had already documented conversations with loved ones in the previous question were even more likely to say they regret not recording certain conversations before a person close to them died (77% say they regret not doing this).
So don’t wait. After all, wouldn’t you rather celebrate the completion of a legacy video keepsake with your family, instead of regretting a permanently missed opportunity to preserve and share your life stories?
Seize the day – and contact Family Legacy Video®. We’ll be happy to help.
– Steve Pender
On the Legacy Video Lounge Podcast: Talkin’ Legacy Videos
If you ever wanted to hear a legacy video pro dish about all aspects of personal history videos, from the benefits to the production process and everything in-between, you’re in luck! You’ll find just what you’re looking for in Episodes 22-25 of the Legacy Video Lounge Podcast’s Talkin’ Legacy Videos series. Each episode features a spirited discussion, during which Family Legacy Video’s president, Steve Pender, responds to legacy video-related questions from Tucson-based writer Elena Acoba. They’ll help you to better understand what legacy videos are all about – and help you get to know the guy who is the driving force behind Family Legacy Video®. You’ll want to listen to these podcasts!