“Everything I do, I believe in expanding love and connection in people’s lives, their relationships, and their communities…
I do this by helping people tell and share their Legacy Stories.”
photo by: Bojana Korach Photography
Meet April Bell
EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, I’ve loved listening to people’s stories. The homes on the small lane I grew up on in the San Francisco East Bay were occupied mostly by seniors. As a child, my mom called me “the visitor,” as I’d run off most days to visit with which ever elder-neighbor would have me.
That’s me in the photo.
I’ve always been interested in people, and creativity.
In the early 1990s, I began my media career in the fast-paced, exciting, and deadline-intense world of major daily newspapering; I also obtained my degree in psychology. My newspaper career spanned thirteen years. I was in leadership, on the production-graphics side. Prepress.
In 2008 I had the opportunity to reinvent my path and stepped into my true passion as a Legacy Storyteller. I never could have imagined, back in my early 20s, how the foundational skills of my early adulthood would intersect; I now combine my education in psychology and leadership with the graphics and technical skills I learned in my first career. Since 2008, I’ve been gently guiding people to tap into the essence of who they truly are, artfully capturing that on video.
Over the years, I’ve honed my acute listening skills, as I’m a natural at deeply connecting with others. I help people share the narratives which matter to them most.
The daughter of an artist and a mobile tech pioneer, I am enlivened by assisting folks in creatively communicating their stories through technology.
My clients include families, individuals, organizations, and those family businesses who value the power of story.
I am an innovator, recognized by The New York Times and WIRED for bringing video legacy storytelling via an interview-style format to the masses through the co-creation and launch of StoryCatcher for iOS in 2013.
What really excites me these days is facilitating the transformative gift of legacy storytelling through speaking, retreats, and the engaging online courses I’ve developed specifically for people like you.
For fun I enjoy riding my mountain bike, sailing on the San Francisco Bay, trekking in the High Sierra, and exploring the mysteries of the human spirit and condition.
Ultimately, it is our stories that connect and bind us, today and into the future.
What’s your story?
Kind Words on Working with April Bell
Saul Smith - Los Angeles, CA
“April Bell was impeccable in every aspect of the production, and the result is nothing short of fantastic. She has my highest admiration.
I lost my own parents before meeting Ms. Bell. If you’re fortunate to still have yours, don’t miss the opportunity to have them interviewed, and their stories memorialized for you and your children, and their children, to enjoy. Reach out now to Ms. Bell to start the journey. “
~photo of Saul’s in-laws from 2016 Family Legacy Documentary
Elizabeth Daskarolis - Oakland, CA
“Tree of Life Legacies, offers an invaluable service for ALL people ー We all have lives filled with great stories, and by recording them we come closer to ourselves, to where we have been, where we are, and where we are going ー April’s skills of compassion, empathy, and a wide-open heart and ear beautifully facilitate this gift of self-discovery ー What could be better than that?”
~Family Legacy Interview; 2012, ‘My Life in Paragraphs’ Workshop; 2019
Jay P. Renneisen, Esq. - Walnut Creek, CA
“I hired April Bell to do a personal history video of my mother and her two sisters. Wow! They all loved April and how she captured so much of their family and individual stories! I would recommend April to anyone who wants to document on video some of their most precious family history and loved ones.”
~Family Legacy Interviews; 2015