You can never tell a book by its cover. You can’t just read the inside cover or the final page to know the real story, and that’s also the case when you meet someone and hear their story. Everyone has a story to tell. Some people tell it through the written word, some people say it by word of mouth and some people tell it through film. Stefani Twyford is a memory maker by telling other peoples stories through film. Some of these people are everyday people that want to preserve their memories for the next generations to come, and some are change makers who wish to preserve their accomplishments for the future and not to be forgotten. But, Stefani is more than that, she is a Renaissance woman and, like many women, has lived many different lives, reinvented herself and is fascinating.
Stefani Twyford – Renaissance Woman
Stefani Twyford grew up in California, but wasn’t your typical California girl, and didn’t have your typical California upbringing. Her parents were bohemian and artistic and open, and they didn’t manage her life, in fact, Stefani was independent and invented her life as she went along. In High School, her parents sent her to the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming, where she thrived being in the mountains and realized that is where she wanted to stay. Stefani went on to the University of Wyoming, where she studied social work and psychology.
After spending a few years in Wyoming after graduation, Stefani moved back to Los Angeles and worked for a punk rock fashion designer for a while before moving to San Francisco to get a degree in fashion design. After two years, Stefani’s husband was transferred to Alaska, so she packed herself up and moved to the land of light and dark for eight years and had children. While living there, they would spend one week every February in Hawaii, so they could get into the light and out of the dark.
Stefani Twyford’s happiest years were the four years after Alaska when she and her husband and kids moved to Scotland. They lived in a small town called Aberdeen, where Stefani took an interest in antiques. She started to learn all she could and became friends with the old men who were antique dealers or furniture refinishers. Stefani built a business where she brokered antiques in Scotland and taught classes and took Americans shopping when they came to visit. She also would have clock parties at her home. The men she was friends with would bring all the clocks they had and would send invitations and sell the clocks. She had these quarterly.
For Stefani, Scotland was an enchanting time and selling antiques was a labor of love. Her goal when they moved to Houston was to be an antique broker or dealer, but it never came to fruition. So, in 1993, after moving back, she spent three days and nights on the Internet, and it blew her mind how much had changed, and she started to learn and teach herself how to design and build websites. The first few she did for free, and before she knew it, she was being asked to design and build websites for money. Stefani had reinvented herself again.
It was about 2000 when Stefani became involved with the group the Webgrrls. This was a group of women web designers and coders, and Stefani co-ran the Houston Chapter. This was when she got out the design side and into the sales side of the business, and DigitalEve was born. DigitalEve was all about networking, teaching and mentoring digital technology for women. While Stefani was running DigitalEve, she became friends with Isabelle MacCrimmon, and they envisioned a way to archive history from cardboard to digital, and that was when Legacy Multimedia came about.
Stefani Twyford – Memory Maker
Stefani was always a memory maker, with all the memories she has made during her Renaissance period, but it when Legacy Multimedia was first launched that she truly became a memory maker. Legacy Multimedia is all about taking personal histories and preserving those memories on film. And, Stefani does it all. She writes, directs, produces and edits and the final product is a high-quality tribute video, family or personal biography, or corporate video presentation. The bottom line for Stefani is always that she always works to make the client feel good and feel appreciated, and it shows in all her work.
In fact, Stefani is so good as a memory maker, she has won several awards, including Videographer Awards, International Special Events Society’s Crystal Icon Awards, Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals’ MarCom and Hermes Creative Awards. But, the award she is most proud of is the award she won for the documentary she shot about her father that won Best Short Documentary in 2015 at the World Fest International.
I can’t imagine doing anything else. This is a very intimate process. I become a part of the family because it is such an intimate experience and I almost grieve when a project ends. It’s so important the people aren’t forgotten, and their stories don’t dry up, and this process substantiates their stories after they are gone.”
Stefani Twyford is more than just a memory maker and a renaissance woman, she is remarkable, funny, charming and kind and if you want to preserve your story, we highly suggest you give Legacy Multimedia a call.