A video Valentine tells the story of your love. It can be short, sweet and shared on social media with your friends. It can be longer and more detailed, shared on your big screen TV at home with just you and your honey. However it might be viewed, this is a terrific way to re-experience your memories and the feelings that are connected to them. Here are three ways to approach a video Valentine. You can apply each approach to a show that you make for yourself or for another special couple in your life.
Your current life together[caption id="attachment_597" align="alignright" width="370"] This video Valentine started out in ProShow Web.[/caption]Do you take a lot of "selfies?" Do your friends snap lots of pics of the two of you? Combine these together to make a video about your current life together. The video below is an example of this and had a dual purpose as being part of this couple's wedding reception video. This show started out in ProShow Web where I chose the Valentine theme and then played around with some music. These pics are not high res. In fact, some of them were downloaded from Facebook but they work. Using ProShow Web as an idea starter, I downloaded the show to Producer and changed a few styles and perfected the synchronization.
Past to PresentWhen I made a Valentine for my parents, I started out with photos of them when they were first dating. When the show starts, this elicits a lot of comments. "Oh look how young they were!" (Comments are okay and to be expected! See Anticipating audience reaction to your show.) Doing a show like this for an older couple means that may have more material to choose from. It also means that you have to scan some pics so that you have a digital file.
If you haven't worked with your old family pictures before, this could be a good starting point for you. Believe me, I know that organizing a lifetime of photos can be intimidating. For a Valentine project though, you just need about 20 photos. As you choose the photos, think about showing the passage of time. Choose music that is more reflective. I'm thinking piano and strings! ProShow Web has some wonderful selections.
Present to PastI did a Valentine video for a couple with a young family, starting out with current photos of the two of them with their kids. The show then backtracked through the years to the time when they were dating. By the end of the show, they could see how much their lives had changed since they first fell in love.
When sharing a video like this, the impact depends upon the viewer's relationship to the couple. For the family and friends who have known them through the years, the video can reveal their own emotions as they recall their shared history. For people who have only known the couple recently, this type of video allows them to get to know them in a different way because it reveals parts of their lives that they may not have ever seen. Using two different kinds of music in this kind of a video can help elicit emotion. Start out upbeat and chirpy, then move into reflective.
You can also make a present to past video with photos of just the two of you. When I did this for my husband and I, it was hard to find photos through the years of just the two of us. When you are taking photos, don't forget to snap one of just the two of you without the kids now and then. Maybe you could get the kids to do it. If you make it a habit, they won't let you forget!
Make a video ValentineIf you are thinking about making a video Valentine for someone you love, get started right now. Find 10 pics. Start a ProShow Web free trial and see what fun you can have. If you are like me, the medium itself will inspire you to create video slideshows that not only tells a life story but touches hearts.