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Every tool in your Parentfinder dashboard is designed to help tell your story. Adoption profile videos are a key component of that story. A profile video can highlight you in ways that an online profile book design cannot. It brings your story to life; the birth mom can hear your voice and read your expressions. She can gain valuable insights on you, your story and how her baby could fit into your life.
We understand how vulnerable it can feel to get in front of a camera and share your story. But adoption profile videos simply just work. In fact, Adoption agencies who partner with Parentfinder report that if four online adoption profiles are shown and one of them has a video, the video profile gets picked 100% of the time. That’s powerful!
Video profiles don’t have to be glitzy. They just need to tell an authentic story by showing rather than telling.
Set the camera up outside of the front door. Open the door and say something like, “Hi I’m Taylor. Welcome to my home. Come on in!”
Ride up to the camera on your bike. Stop at the camera and say, “Hey there! I’m Taylor. Welcome to my story. Come along for a ride today.”
Those are just two simple ideas, so feel free to get creative. In fact, we recommend it! Think outside the box. Think about the best way to honestly invite the expectant mother into your life. And don’t be afraid to record more than one take… sometimes it just takes a little practice to get it right.
Oh, and don’t start the video off with you on the couch. That’s been done way too much and it’s not very exciting.
There are always great conversations happening in the kitchen. If you are single and adopting, it’s when you have friends or family over for a meal. If you are adopting as a couple, maybe it’s breakfast on the weekend or dinner. Regardless, one great way to engage a viewer is to help them feel like they’re in the room with you. Capture some simple conversation moments, talking about your day or your plans for the weekend. The video editors can use moments like that as a segue and edit in a clip (or photo stills) of the event that you’re explaining.
Maybe you’re more introverted. My wife certainly is. She likes quiet activities like sewing, knitting and watercolor painting. Recording her while she’s engaged in one of those activities is more engaging than sitting on the couch and just talking about it. She can explain how she became interested in sewing. Her grandmother taught her. They made doll clothes together. That shows family bonding and depth of history.
As you think about what you want to capture in your adoption profile video, think about those parts of your life that show depth. If you capture that with a combination of still photos and video, that’s great.
Just remember that quiet or otherwise, showing is better than telling.
Sure, you want to show the viewer your home. That’s good and it makes sense. That’s where the child would grow up. But if the whole video is shot inside your home, you increase your chances of losing the viewers’ attention. Think about it… when’s the last time you watched a really good movie that was filmed in just one location? Sure Hitchcock pulled it off with Rear Window. But it’s a rare thing to see that style executed well. So get up, get out and show the viewer your world. Think of the favorite places that are available to you now. Record some of your adoption profile video there and feel the peace and happiness of being in “your space.”
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Don’t let fear and vulnerability prevent you from creating an adoption profile video. It’s an incredibly powerful element of your adoption profile, and it’s by far the most effective way to connect with an expectant birth mother. Plus it’s just another way to show that you’re being active with your adoption profile.
Need more tips? Check this interview with our video editor, Jeff Diehl!
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