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.