Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lifea[euro][TM]s Sad to Glad Moments, Barbara Records All of Them; at the Drop of a Hat Productions It Is Their Business to Capture Memories to Last Forever

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Lifea[euro][TM]s Sad to Glad Moments, Barbara Records All of Them; at the Drop of a Hat Productions It Is Their Business to Capture Memories to Last Forever

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FIRM FOCUS

with Ashley Jones

AN INNOVATIVE and creative business has been established to capture moments in time that are significant events.

It has grown from hobby to this week being a fully-fledged business. Barbara Westerman is bringing her creativity and training together as she launches At the Drop of a Hat Productions.

At the Drop of a Hat Productions is established to provide two main services, one being memorial and celebration DVDs and the other is website development.

It is a home-based enterprise serving the greater Ipswich area.

aI have a friend who had passed away and I wanted to do something for the family so I offered to do a presentation, back then it was PowerPoint, to capture the life journey. The family were touched and I started getting asked to do them for others,a Ms Westerman, owner/designer, said.

She has completed a Diploma of Interactive Digital Media that has given her training to advance her venture.

aThe diploma has helped me to move from a hobby to having the skills to operate my business,a she said.

We can take the multimedia presentations at funerals for granted but Ms Westerman takes great care to provide a service that captures the life of the loved one.

She is very aware of the need to have empathy and to connect with those who are grieving.

aI have started off doing work for Len Russell Funeral Directors and they refer clients to me, otherwise I get direct contact from people.a

Clients will go to her home-based business and either give hard copies of photographs or if they are scanned give an external drive, USB stick or CD of images.

aI like to get some details about the person, what they enjoyed doing, clubs, favourite colours, just get a good sense of who they were so that is reflected in the presentation. Each one is as unique as the individual we are honouring,a she said.

aBecause of the quick turnaround time it seemed like the perfect name. That is how At the Drop of a Hat Productions came into being.a

In addition to the memorial DVD production, she also can provide the order of service and a book mark. …

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