Murray Metcalf Photography also specializes
in creating personalized tributes, ideal for special
occasions such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, as
well as funerals.
Photographs and/or videos supplied,
together with memorable quotations and short stories can be
creatively assembled and sequenced to appropriate music, for
a meaningful and personalized tribute.
The final product is an "authored DVD" that can be played
in any DVD player. The disk surface is attractively
customized with photos, text and graphics.
Please inquire for more details.
Regarding Memorial Tributes for Funerals ...
The passing of a loved one is a difficult and stressful
time ... and so much needs to be done to prepare for a
funeral. One of preparations usually involves the gathering
together of old photos that highlight the life of the person
for display at the funeral reception. These old photos are
also sometimes assembled into a computer-based
"presentation." All of this needs to be accomplished within
a mere few days, while the family is under considerable
stress, with the passing of their loved one.
Ideally, it would be much easier and the result could be
much better, if the person, or their family had some basic
source content prepared and set aside ahead of time, while
the person is still living ... Incidentally, this
pre-planned approach is often required by employers of
people who work in higher-risk or high-profile occupations.
Old photos need to be scanned and available as computer
files saved onto several copies of a CD or DVD. The family
needs to know where copies of this disk are located. These
digitized old photos are perfect and now readily available
for assembling into tributes for special occasions such as
birthdays and anniversaries. Another benefits of this
approach is that the person, along with their family and
friends can share and enjoy the look back at the person's
life's highlights ... while they are still living! When the
person does pass away, the family now has a great base of
"materials" to work with, to use in the production of the
"final chapter," so to speak.
As you are aware, the pre-planning of funerals is more
and more popular these days. The same approach can be used
for the planning of memorial tributes. As an added benefit,
this preplanning can involve the input from the individual
for which the presentation is planned. Much can be done when
everyone is relaxed, as opposed to having to try to do
everything in such an extremely short period of time, under
the most stressful situation ... the passing of a loved one.
My suggestion is that as people write their personal
wills, this would also be an ideal time and opportunity to
also plan and prepare some aspects of their memorial
Memorial Tribute for
Elisa Loyo Gutierrez
Early in 2009, I had the unique opportunity to produce an
extensive memorial tribute for Elisa Loyo Gutierrez - a
graduate of Confederation College who was working as a chef
in the Philippines. She was last seen on December, 23, 2008
and was found dead several days later, in a locked office at
her place of employment in the Philippines.
Her family and
everyone that has ever known her and her positive, and
caring personality cannot comprehend anything other than a
case of foul play. To-date, the family is still looking for
the Philippine authorities to conduct a full and transparent
investigation, in an attempt to determine what happened to
this remarkable, up-and-coming young chef. The memorial
funeral took place, over a month later at St. Patrick's
Cathedral in Thunder Bay.
Early in her life as a student at Confederation College,
I had the opportunity to take a number of promotional photos
of Elisa. These photos were then used as the basis for a
memorial tribute presentation. I enlisted the help of her
best friend "Trinky" to contact her many friends to gather
other photos, short tributes and stories. The result was an
extensive 40-minute, seven-part memorial tribute that was
shown at the funeral reception and with the approval of her
family was made available to friends and family wishing to
acquire a copy.
With the approval of her family, two of the seven-part
tribute have been posted on YouTube in hopes that someone
viewing the presentation may have the right connections to
Philippine authorities to hopefully move them to conduct a
full and transparent investigation into her death.
View Stories of Elisa - Part One (YouTube)