“Hi! First off, I love love LOVE DYL. It's helped me a lot and kept me making videos. I am constantly watching yours and wishing mine could be more like yours, What kind of camera and editing software and such do you use? Also, do you have any tips for making longer videos, but with variating content- not just fillers and stuff. THANKS AND HAPPY TUESDAY <3”

Hello! All this basic information is on my FAQ page, Tip for making longer videos w/ no fillers: do more fun stuff!

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“How has DYL changed your view of the world and helped with your mental health issues? I love your videos btw”

I’d like to go as far as saying that it saved my life. I think the quote “Breakdowns can create breakthroughs,” is kind of perfect for this. I don’t even want to think about where I’d be right now if I’d never started Document Your Life… Probably in bed, beating the world record of most movies watched in a lifetime, or something.

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Anonymous asked
“I'm probably one of the people who watches you videos the most (they're just so amazing I have to watch them multiple times). I started filming my own DYL's but when I uploaded them and watched them, they never came out quite as nice and clear as yours. Do you have any tips for filming and editing them? <3”

Thanks for the kind words! :)

I film with a Nikon D5100 with a few different lenses (all of that info is in the description of all my videos). The 50mm lens is my favourite. The camera is definitely part of the great quality. I also do a tiny bit of color correcting and adding brightness and contrast in iMovie, but I usually forget. And I export in 1080p! 

Document Your Life: June 2014

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0:32 I really wish I could’ve climbed all the way up this amazing needle climbing wall, but unfortunately, I didn’t have my own ropes. Just bouldering was great too, though!

0:59 This is the kind of volunteer work me and my mom did at Alpe d’HuZes. Mostly cutting food (for the cyclists) and cleaning stuff, which someone has to do!

1:13 At the convention centre on top of Alpe d’Huez was a wall where you could write things to your loved ones who are fighting cancer or have already lost the battle, or to anyone cycling or walking up the mountain!

3:02 Catching crabs on the Dutch islands is kind of a family tradition for us. After catching enough of them, we empty the bucket and see which crab gets back into the water first. A crab race! I wish I had some footage of me catching crabs, but oh well, you can’t have everything.

4:29 (Spoilers coming up!) I was a mess after finally seeing The Fault in Our Stars movie. Not just because you’re supposed to be a mess, but everything about Augustus reminded me of my brother. He had the same type of cancer, also ended up in a wheelchair, and Ansel Elgort’s face kinda looks like his in a way. That night, I spent hours reliving the 5 months I had with my brother after he was diagnosed and I think it was good for me!

4:44 This is a bunch of my old schoolmates from high school graduating, including my boyfriend. These are the last people left that I went to school with and it was all very emotional, especially knowing that I should’ve graduated with some of them. I’m glad I was there, though. I’ve had a hard time dealing with the fact that I’m not going through my teenage years like everyone else, but it’s just something I have to accept, and experiencing this definitely helped!