Tips For the Ultimate Reunion Slide Show

July 13, 2017 · CLASSMATES FUN

Reunions are all about people and our relationships to them – both now and in the past. Photos allow us to share moments and memories and to feel more connected to each other. If you’ve got a high school reunion coming up, we highly recommend incorporating a slide show into the event. Class reunions often need something to break the ice, and you’ll all enjoy reminiscing as you see pictures of yourselves from back in the day.

Here are some tips to help you assemble the ultimate collection of images:

H. Michael Miley/Flickr; Troy Tolley/Flickr

  • Ask EVERYONE in the class for photos, and make sure to specify digital images (you don’t want to have to deal with prints). Incorporate the request into your reunion invite to make things easier. Remember that when you have too few people sharing pics from their collection, you tend to see the same faces over and over.
  • In addition to high school photos, feel free to encourage people to share pics from their post-graduation lives. But you might want to keep those to a minimum since they won’t provide that same feeling of nostalgia that is bringing you all together in the first place.
  • When reviewing pictures, keep an eye on technical quality. You want the images to be easy to look at, so leave out anything that’s blurry, underexposed, or overexposed.
  • Look for duplicates or near-duplicates, and remove those as well. Let’s say someone submits a bunch of images showing the same group of people posing for the camera. It could be fun to keep a series of three or so, if there are definite differences in poses or expressions, but nobody needs to see seven shots of basically the same thing.
  • Scrutinize photos for objectionable content (nudity, profanity, etc.), and remove anything that might be considered offensive.
Infrogmation of New Orleans/Flickr; Joe Wolf/Flickr; Rona Proudfoot/Flickr

  • Supplement the submitted pics with images from your yearbooks. Individual yearbook portraits are fun, but also pull in team and club photos as well as teacher portraits, campus shots, and candids.
  • Decide whether you want to have the slide show playing in the background or whether you want to showcase it at a specific time. If it’s the latter, you’ll want to add some music and keep it short (the length of a song or two is good).
  • If you will be adding music, think about using tunes that were popular when you all were in high school. Familiar and nostalgic songs will draw people in. Think upbeat (“Walking On Sunshine”) rather than slow and sentimental (“Careless Whisper”).
  • When putting your slide show together, mix things up. For instance, after sharing a closeup portrait, show a group candid or maybe a high angle shot of a football game. Basically, incorporate as much variety as possible when considering the order of the images. This helps with flow as well as the interest level of the audience.
  • While nothing says you have to do this, you might want to consider ordering the images in a specific way rather than just having them display randomly. For instance, you could arrange images in chronological order, with the oldest ones in the collection showing up first. If you do go with a specific order, you can also add divider slides with themed titles (e.g. Sophomore Year, Sports, Senior Skip Day, High School Life, etc.).
Pasco County Schools/Flickr; MC Quinn/Flickr

  • To add further visual interest, try incorporating some visual effects and transitions (zooms, fades, etc.). The slide show program you use will determine what your options are. Just don’t go overboard. Too much of this kind of thing is distracting and detracts from the content.
  • Time the photos so that they don’t disappear from view too quickly. Approximately three seconds per image is about right.
  • There are a number of tools you can use to create a slide show on a laptop, depending on how simple or sophisticated you want it to be. Some to consider: Windows Easy Movie Maker, Microsoft PowerPoint, Photos for Mac, and Animoto.
  • Rent or borrow a projector that will be compatible with your laptop. Unless you have a plain white wall to work with, you’ll also need to rent or borrow a screen for displaying.

Be sure to share the slide presentation after the reunion. You can burn DVDs, send everyone a link, or just post the link on your Classmates class reunion page. Click here to set up a reunion page now.


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