In­spir­ing sto­ries

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

A school pho­to­graph will al­ways be trea­sured, but what if you could have a mem­ory of your child’s school days that cap­tured their hopes and dreams at that mo­ment in time? Melissa Wilkin­son, founder of In­spired Sto­ries, aims to do just that with video in­ter­views you can trea­sure for­ever. “In­spired Sto­ries was founded in 2013 after the death of my Nanna,” Melissa ex­plains. “While putting a trib­ute to­gether for her fu­neral I re­alised how many pho­tos of her I had, but very lit­tle video footage where I could hear the sound of her voice, the sound of her laugh. So I started doc­u­ment­ing the lives of the older gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily.” From this ex­pe­ri­ence, Melissa was in­spired to launch School Mem­o­ries, a ser­vice that works with pub­lic schools through­out NSW, where school chil­dren are in­ter­viewed and filmed talk­ing about their lives. Each video is then edited to­gether with the child’s favourite art­works and cards, cre­at­ing a ‘fam­ily time cap­sule’. “We aim to cap­ture a child’s thoughts on things they’re learn­ing at school, their fam­ily and its his­tory and get them to think for­ward. We film the chil­dren in front of a green screen and their art­work is placed be­hind them dur­ing edit­ing, mak­ing it a truly per­son­alised ser­vice,” Melissa says. School Mem­o­ries is cur­rently work­ing within sev­eral pub­lic schools in NSW in­clud­ing Vau­cluse and Bal­main Pub­lic Schools and a cou­ple of pre-schools. They also of­fer ‘Stu­dio’ days in Bal­main. Visit www.in­spired­sto­ries.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

I de­spise mommy shamers. I am a proud shamer of mommy shamers. - CHRISSY TEIGEN, MUM TO LUNA, AGED ONE.

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