The Basics

The three story types below are simply templates to work with--they are what I feel appeal to most people.  Fortunately, they are flexible as am I for I’m not a computer nor a corporation. I will work with you to produce something special, but keep in mind it's a joint effort, so I will require from you the following.

  • Time. You, or the subject, must be available for four 60-minute interviews. That is, like everything in the creative process, approximate.
  • Photos (preferably digital format at 300 DPI). If not, that’s fine and I can convert them to print quality. I will also do digital conversions for up to 80 film photographs or slides, and some limited photo editing. Extra photo editing services are available upon request.
  • Candidness, trust and input. The old adage is true, what you put in is what you get out. While I do have a structure I follow and a set of questions I ask, this works best when the subject is open, forthcoming and available. We also need to stay focused and it’s my job to keep the conversation on track, on topic and moving forward.

Story Types

LifeStory

As a concise yet comprehensive biography, the LifeStory spans a person’s lifetime, painting broad strokes while highlighting turning points, key moments and decisive events. Identifying common themes that weave through one’s life, it captures the narrative of their lifetime. You can see an example here. The LifeStory is composed of the following:

Includes

  • A personalized biography composed of four chapters, generally: Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood and Later Years
  • Approximately 6000 words across 40 pages
  • 80 photos (around 2 photos per page)
  • One full colour, high quality ImageWrap hardcover book, 25×20 cm (8×10 inches) with high quality ProLine Pearl Photo Paper
  • Shipping within Canada and the United States
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OurStory

Be you soon-to-be newlyweds looking for something to share at your wedding, a long-married couple renewing your vows or something in between, the two of you have The Story of Us. How you met or how you loved, lived and lasted!

Includes

  • For newlyweds, I propose a 3-chapter book: HisStory, HerStory and the third chapter on their life so far as a couple, including of course, the story of How We Met.
  • For longer-married couples, the first chapter covers a brief background of each before marriage, followed by 2 to 3 chapters on their lives together.
  • 2000 to 6000 words across 20 to 40 pages
  • 30 to 80 photos (around 2 photos per page)
  • One full colour, high quality ImageWrap hardcover book, 25×20 cm (8×10 inches) with high quality ProLine Pearl Photo Paper
  • Shipping within Canada and the United States

TimeCapsule

There are moments and periods in life that are profound, cathartic, or exceptionally memorable. Everything from an African safari or a few months backpacking Europe to living abroad or surviving an illness. Composed with attention to the finer details, TimeCapsule focuses on a specific period or event in one’s life. The TimeCapsule format is much more malleable. Perhaps you want it to be mainly your photographs. Perhaps you want it written in a timeline. There are countless possibilities.

Includes

  • A personalized memoir as defined by you
  • 1000 to 6000 words across 20 to 40 pages
  • 30 to 80 photos (around 2 photos per page)
  • One full colour, high quality ImageWrap hardcover book, 25×20 cm (8×10 inches) with high quality ProLine Pearl Photo Paper
  • Shipping within Canada and the United States

Extras

  • Photo section in middle of book (maximum 4 photos per page, 2-page minimum)
  • Additional hardcover copies
 

Commissioned

These are projects that do not fall within one of the of the frameworks above. They may be shorter or longer or even a different type of content altogether. 

Shorter pieces may include eulogies or even highly creative resignation letters. Longer pieces may simply be more detailed or expansive biographies. Commercial writing such as marketing, company bios, CSR platforms and other projects can be discussed on a commissioned basis. Please contact me directly to discuss your ideas.

 
 
There are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.
— Haruki Murakami