All posts by April Bell

April Bell has operated her video storytelling business, Tree of Life Legacies, in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the United States since 2008. Coming from a background in production graphics, and possessing an BA in Psychology, April has a keen ability to not only listen to people intently, but to also put people at ease, drawing out their stories; she then crafts those stories into a professional and compelling multimedia Personal History Film to be preserved and shared for generations to come. She is a proud member of the Association of Personal Historians. Her clients include individuals, families, organizations and corporations who value authentically sharing and recording their personal stories.

Ocean’s Gate|Feb 2014

Download_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_135x40Capturing great stories with Blue Water Foundation

The Photos: Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Crew: 

The Blue Water Foundation was founded as an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing the joys of sailing to San Francisco Bay Area inner city and at risk youth. In 1992 a group of sailors wanted to introduce San Francisco Bay Area young people to the joys of sailing.  Using volunteers’ boats, these sailors began to take small groups of middle school students sailing on San Francisco Bay. The response from students was so enthusiastic that soon, our informal excursions became regularly scheduled trips.  Now, through our programs over 10,000 young people have discovered the art of sailing, experienced success through teamwork and have had fun while exploring a maritime alternative to drugs, alcohol, and gangs. The name of the program for this sail is OCEAN’S GATE PROGRAM, referring to both the Golden Gate which leads to the oceans of the world and the open gate to the freedom of the seas that one can earn. Our motto: Wherever you are, the wind blows free!

www.bluewaterfoundation.org to donate, volunteer and learn more

Photo and video credits: by April Bell

Love stories

Download_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_135x40Today is the perfect day to share a story about love with those special someones in your life.

My absolute favorite love stories are the “how we met” stories, as seen above. They can be touching, funny, and even humbling. Sometimes they can be quite different, even though the story is being told from two people who shared the same experience. What I love about interviewing people and capturing their stories is that so often their loved ones say things like, “I never knew that!” or “I hadn’t heard that part of the story before!” Go ahead, surprise and delight yourself and the ones you love by capturing and sharing their love story today. Sharing stories with the people we love forages deeper bonds of love and connection. StoryCatcher can help. Here are some Interview Tips on love.

  • Who is the love of your life?
  • When did you first fall in love?
  • Do you remember your fist kiss?
  • Who was your first serious relationship with?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight?
  • What lessons have you learned from your relationships?

~Happy Big Love Day from StoryCatcher to you!

Photo credit: Coolm36 (Creative Commons)

Blue Water Foundation

Using StoryCatcher for iPhone

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Ocean’s Gate Program – January 2014

The Blue Water Foundation was founded as an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing the joys of sailing to San Francisco Bay Area inner city and at risk youth. In 1992 a group of sailors wanted to introduce San Francisco Bay Area young people to the joys of sailing.  Using volunteers’ boats, these sailors began to take small groups of middle school students sailing on San Francisco Bay. The response from students was so enthusiastic that soon, our informal excursions became regularly scheduled trips.  Now, through our programs over 10,000 young people have discovered the art of sailing, experienced success through teamwork and have had fun while exploring a maritime alternative to drugs, alcohol, and gangs. The name of the program for this sail is OCEAN’S GATE PROGRAM, referring to both the Golden Gate which leads to the oceans of the world and the open gate to the freedom of the seas that one can earn. Our motto: Wherever you are, the wind blows free!.

www.bluewaterfoundation.org to donate, volunteer and learn more