Creative Ways to Document the Holidays

By on October 6, 2015 in Memories, Tips

Welcome back to the everyStory blog!

The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to reunite with family and create new memories. As the beginning of the holiday season swiftly approaches, make this year the most unforgettable one yet by documenting your family events in a creative and collaborative way using everyStory..Need some inspiration? Here are some festive everyStory album ideas to get you started:

  1. Halloween Theme. Showcase your child’s adorable costumes and use in-character voiceovers through our app to bring your images to life! Don’t forget to document those spooktacular moments like trips to the pumpkin patch and pumpkin carving and decorating.
  2. A History of the Holidays. Create a storybook-style educational album for your younger family members that show ‘n tells some of your oldest holiday traditions and how they came to be. You can take things to the next level by having some of your eldest family members narrate these stories using our advanced recording technology. This is also a perfect way for young people to learn about holidays celebrated in other cultures, such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Three Kings’ Day.
  3. Anecdote Album. Family gatherings often inspire the re-telling of funny or embarrassing memories; with everyStory you can put together a collection of these anecdotes to showcase at a holiday dinner or event. This is the ultimate conversation starter and laughter creator!
  4. New Year’s Resolution Album—The coming of the new year often gets us excited about future goals and upcoming life events (engagements and weddings, graduations, new jobs, promotions, etc.). Record each person’s New Year’s resolution or milestone and save it for the year to come – creating the ultimate digital time capsule.
  5. Family Recipe Book. Create an album that walks through your family’s favorite holiday recipes step by step. Whether it’s a turkey dinner or matzo ball soup, with everyStory you can ensure your recipe will continue to be passed down for the now and future generations to come. everyStory’s albums are only visible to you and the people you invite into the album, so Grandma’s secret recipe will be safe and secure!

What other creative albums have you started on everyStory? Share your ideas with us using the everyStory app!

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How Therapeutic Storytelling Can Help Memory Loss Patients

By on September 29, 2015 in Health, Memories, Tips

Welcome back to the everyStory blog!

The art of storytelling is a long-standing tradition used in all cultures around the world, and although languages and communication styles may vary, the essential function of memory preservation remains constant. In the digital age we live in, there is, majority of the time, a widely held belief that the drastic rise in technology has begun to whittle down the “organic” ways in which we communicate, interact and connect. However, if used correctly, technology can actually foster and amplify these types of sacred bonds between individuals with its limitless capability to retain memories in a cloud storage.

Modern-day storytelling practices also have beneficial purposes, such as the ability to assist patients with Alzheimer’s, and other memory loss dilemmas, rebuild memories and reconnect with loved-ones and caregivers. In addition to having difficulty with recollections, people experiencing memory loss can face obstacles with communicating as well. The practice of storytelling—inventing a backstory to a photo or image—can actually be a less stressful channel of communication than attempting to recall a specific memory.

For patients in earlier stages of memory loss, storytelling can function as a tool for preserving life’s special moments, for themselves and their loved ones. You may be asking how our everyStory app plays a roll in this? It’s simple: The voiceover technology that’s been integrated into the everyStory app allows multiple users to record audio to narrate a photo. This feature can be utilized to record daily reminders for memory loss patients, helping them recall important people and moments of their lives. Here are some other tips on how to integrate therapeutic storytelling into your communication with a loved one using our everyStory app:

  1. Compile images of different sceneries, settings and people, and then walk your loved one through by implementing a narrative. The everyStory app allows you to upload up to 500 images for free into organized private albums. (For a monthly subscription you can have unlimited photo storage.)
  2. Conduct the session during the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This time frame is recognized as the peak time for cognitive functioning by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
  3. Avoid closed questions such as “Who is this?” or “What is this?” because they may put pressure on the person being asked. Instead, use questions that encourage description, such as “What could be going on in this photo?” or “What could this be?” The unlimited audio recording feature on everyStory is free and allows individuals to focus on naturally telling stories without any worries of expiring time limits.
  4. Integrate others into the storytelling process. Share the everyStory album with friends and family of the loved one, encouraging them to contribute using their own photos and voices to aid in memory recall during playback.

Do you have a loved one that has benefited from memory recall activities using the everyStory app? Share your story with us!

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Reminisce with the everyStory Team

By on September 24, 2015 in Memories, Tips

Welcome back to the everyStory blog!

Last week, our blog featured the perfect formula for telling interactive stories through photos with the help of the everyStory app, now available for iOS devices and coming soon to Android. And, it turns out we have so much more to cover on the topic of storytelling and the impact photos have not only on family and friends, but the entire world. everyStory users are taking the functionality of the app to new heights that we could have never imagined. Our app has several amazing capabilities that preserve memories and enable you to make the most out of your photos with advanced interactive and collaboration features.

A family unit can be interpreted in several ways and at everyStory we work together as one, so we wanted to take a moment to introduce the team (aka family) behind everyStory by letting them share a favorite memory or two, as well as a tip for how they personally use everyStory to capture those everyday happenings that are oh-so-precious…and priceless. Say hello to:

Dave Keene, Founder and CTO: “Play time with my son always makes for some awesome everyStory moments. I will take a picture of our game or what we are playing (usually Lego™), and then right before bedtime we bring up everyStory for a few minutes and talk about the picture using the audio recording technology. He’s really taken to it! A couple days ago he asked my wife to take a picture of Hot Dog (or pet fish) so he could do a story about him that night. I’m creating a cute archive of how my son’s voice changes over time, and he is becoming more confident at explaining things clearly.”

Ed Cox, CEO: “everyStory has allowed me to capture some of the most breathtaking moments with my first child, my precious baby girl. I’ve been able to capture the sights and sounds of her first coo to her first steps. The best part about this tool is having the ability to share these stories with the extended family and get their point of view on every photo using our voiceover feature. I love logging in to everyStory and listening to the new audio recordings and reading new comments.”

Becky Senger, Visual Design and Community: “I love to relive memories with friends and family on everyStory. Scrolling through my interactive photo albums floods my head and heart with memories, and when I am able to listen to the voices I’ve captured, it brings the pictures to life in ways like never before. Sharing my album with friends and family allows them to collaborate and record their own story on any picture in the album (imagine everyone in a family reunion photo being able to do a voiceover story of the photo!). I’ve created my own interactive family history book that we can cherish forever.”

Geno Kostikov, Business Operations: “I use everyStory to capture the great stories told by my grandparents. Since they live far way, I am not able to see them as often as I’d like, but knowing that I can open our app up at any moment and listen to their voices makes me feel like they are close by – again, one of my favorite features of the app is the accessibility. I can add to my albums or share them with my community, anywhere, anytime. My grandparents are much more comfortable with speaking than they are with typing so this is a quick and easy way to them to communicate with me. I think it’s helping them with recalling memories as well. It always feels good when I ask them about a photo and they are able to look at it on everyStory and say, ‘Oh yes, now I remember,” and then the epic story telling begins!”

There you have it folks; we’re the everyStory team and it’s nice to meet you! What’s one memorable moment that you’ve captured using our app? Share with us!

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The Formula for Epic Storytelling

By on September 17, 2015 in Photography, Tips

Welcome to the everyStory blog!

What is it about a story that makes you smile from ear to ear, or maybe even shed a happy tear or two? everyStory whole heartedly believes that there is in fact a formula for powerful storytelling through photos, and it’s no different when it comes to telling stories with our new app, now available for iOS devices and coming soon to Android. We asked each member on the team what their best tip is for making the most of your memories. Here’s what we came up with:

    • Think outside the box. Albums don’t just have to be for huge milestone events; every day life is just as sweet! Think of fun ways to theme your albums, like “Superhero Parents” or “Future MVPs.”
    • Take a few minutes to plan out your photo adventures. Create an album for your journey and invite your travel companions to collaborate ahead of time. Whether you’re ready for takeoff or homeward bound, you’ll never miss a moment when you use this tip to prep your everyStory album.
    • Collect different perspectives on every photo using everyStory’s voiceover feature. Each person that interacts on the album has the opportunity to record a story for every picture that’s uploaded.
    • Zoom out a little. Often times, photography focuses on people. Try showing a little more content in your photos by including some of your subject’s environment. Including a backdrop in your photos will make them more vibrant (the context of your photo story will be extra rich once you narrate it with your voiceover, too).
    • Frame your stories. Think of the whole world as your personal photo studio! When photographing your subject, consider using natural framing like windows, door frames, street signs and trees.
    • Get goofy. Tell funny jokes to catch your friends and loved ones laughing and in the moment! A smile may be worth a thousand words, but when you record their laughter the moment will become priceless.

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