I'm Jana Warren,
the owner of Lifetimes on Video.
When I was 26, I received a video gift made by a few
of my friends. Photo Montages weren't popular back
then, and to make this video, my friends acted out
skits, panned a camera across a scattering of
photographs of me, and they talked into the camera wishing me
a happy birthday and telling me they loved me. I will never forget how I
felt about that gift. I laughed till I cried. It was a feeling that still makes
the list of all time greatest moments in my life.
I was determined to give that feeling of "honor" to others in my life.
Now this was a time before people had computers in their homes, so to
create these videos I used to tape photographs to a wall, record them for
5 seconds, pause the camera, replace the photo and hit record again,
until I'd had a video track of all the photos. Then I would play the video
from my video camera, and an audio cassette tape from a tape player
and record both at the same time onto a VHS in a VCR. The result was a
crude video photo album with no transitions. But I would play them at
parties as gifts and friends would ask me to make one for them to give as
a gift to someone else. Sometimes I did it, but I always felt the quality was
The computer boom changed everything. About 9 years ago I decided to
change careers and my husband suggested I create a company that can
make videos for others. He knew how much I loved making these videos
and so we invested in the equipment and I taught myself the programs.
It is such a rewarding job to be working at creating what I consider to be
art, as well as to help others make an incredible gift for someone else
that they wouldn't be able to do without my help. I work closely with every
client and put my heart into every project. I work with people from all over
the United States via mail, and have grown with referrals. All of my clients
have been happy clients. See my testimonial page !
FEELING GRATITUDE AND NOT EXPRESSING IT IS LIKE WRAPPING A PRESENT AND NOT GIVING IT.