Modern Memorial Songs

One of the few services I still offer after closing my studio is memorial slideshows for a local funeral home.  The one thing that I notice is a lack of modern songs used in memorial slideshows and funerals.  I know this is largely in part due to the fact that I live in central Georgia where old-time country songs rein supreme, but I wanted to create a list for anyone searching for more modern songs to use. It’s morbid, but I tend to analyze every song to see if it would fit a slideshow and keep it tucked away for a future moment. It’s also to make sure that “When I Get Where I’m Going” and “Go Rest High” are not played at my own funeral. Here is a list with YouTube links to the songs.  Buy the songs via Amazon or iTunes, but if you can’t find the same version you find on YouTube, you can use to pull the audio from a YouTube video.

Snow Patrol – Run (Live)

Pearl Jam – Just Breathe

Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up (Acoustic)

Switchfoot – Yesterdays

Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me

Playing For Change – Stand By Me

Alter Bridge – In Loving Memory

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Simple Plan – Untitled

Lifehouse – Broken

Foo Fighters – Home

Foo Fighters – My Hero (Acoustic)

Foo Fighters – Times Like These (Acoustic)

Young’s Chapel

Young’s Chapel

Young’s Chapel – A small abandoned church in Ben Hill County in Georgia.

Orlando Convention Center

An early morning shot of the Orlando Convention Center.


Carl Vinson VA Medical Center

Carl Vinson VA Medical Center

An Aerial shot of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Hospital in Dublin, GA T Shirt Submission – Photographers Make Me Shutter


I created this T shirt design to submit to  I’ll know in a few days if they approve it to go on for voting to become a new t shirt design.  How about hopping over to,jdavidsonphoto and sharing it around the web.  I’d appreciate it!


The Belleview Biltmore is Getting Another Chance at Restoration!

Great News – The Belleview Biltmore has a second chance at restoration!


BELLEAIR, FL (April 2) – In a major step toward giving the storied Belleview Biltmore Resort a second chance at greatness, Belleview Biltmore Partners, LLC today unveiled its plan to restore the 115-year-old historic landmark to its regal splendor.

“Our vision for the Belleview Biltmore Hotel and Resort is rooted in the magical experiences of historic Gilded Age hotels,” said architect Richard J. Heisenbottle, FAIA, at a morning meeting with the Town of Belleair Ad Hoc Belleview Biltmore Committee, which advises the town on Biltmore-related matters. “Our goal is to give the Belleview Biltmore a second chance at greatness. With its distinctive Victorian architecture and prime Gulf Coast location, an accurate restoration of the entire facility will ensure its preeminence among worldwide luxury resorts.”

On March 31, Belleview Biltmore Partners, LLC signed a purchase and sale agreement with Kawa Capital, the hotel’s current owner, for acquisition of the hotel, golf course, and cabana club properties.  This agreement gives Belleview Biltmore Partners six months to perform due diligence and close on the purchase. “Belleview Biltmore Partners has demonstrated it is the only party with the capability of restoring the hotel,” said Daniel Ades, principal of Kawa Capital Management. “As we promised from the first day we acquired the property, we are going out of our way in trying to make the restoration of the hotel possible by providing unprecedented financing and a very extended due diligence period so that the project can materialize.”

In addition to Heisenbottle, Belleview Biltmore Partners, LLC’s principals include real estate developer Hector Torres, CGC, and entrepreneur and tourism professional Charles J. Kropke.  Belleview Biltmore Partners is represented in this transaction by the Miami based Investment Banking Firm, CGI Merchant Group, its CEO Raoul Thomas and Senior Associate Nelson Garcia.

“We all share a passion for historic restoration projects and recognize the worldwide significance of saving the Belleview Biltmore,” said Kropke. “Our goal is to create one of the nation’s finest destination resorts, and one that will be unequalled on the west coast of Florida.”

Belleview Biltmore Partners plans, presented today to the town committee, envision a complete historic restoration of the hotel in compliance with standards set by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. The redevelopment plan for the property will remain substantially the same as illustrated in three previously approved development orders for prior owners Legg Mason Real Estate Investors.

Redevelopment plans include restoration of the historic 260-room hotel, construction of a new 153-room east wing, and restoration of the historic Magnolia, Palm, and Sunset Cottages.  The plan also includes improvements to the Biltmore Golf Club, which has remained open, and development of the beachfront Cabana Club property into a 38-room boutique hotel. All structures on the hotel property that do not contribute to the hotel’s historic designation will be removed, including the existing lobby and spa.

“This restoration will revive the Biltmore’s exceptional architecture and design features of a century ago, providing guests with a unique experience in a luxurious, amenity-rich Florida setting,” said Torres. “With our restoration plan, the Belleview Biltmore will offer a unique fusion of the present and the past – truly the best of both worlds.”  He estimates the project would take three years to complete and generate approximately 4,500 temporary and permanent jobs.
“We plan on working closely with the Town of Belleair, City of Clearwater, Pinellas County, the Belleair Country Club and area residents to make this dream a reality,” said Heisenbottle. “With everyone’s assistance, cooperation, and support, we can restore one of the grandest historic hotels in the world to its former glory.”  

Moving Images & Combining Albums on Google+

Moving Images & Combining Albums on Google+


*EDIT* Of course not 24 hours after I write this post, G+ now includes moving images in the tools of each album.  So now consider this as a more difficult, yet still an alternative, method.:)

This information is probably on the web somewhere, but I had a hard time finding it, so I decided to write a blog detailing how to move images from one album to another in G+.

 I like to post a quick link to a blog post and attach an image for reference.  It’s not a bad practice, but it can create a lot of galleries for your profile.

Take for instance this post about the Belleview Biltmore.  We will use it as a starting point.

If you click on the image, you will see that it is in “Photos from Posts” album and it is image 1 of 1.

I haven’t been on G+ long at all, so I want to have a system of organizing now, rather than having 10x the work if I wait a while to start sorting photos. I only have a few albums at the moment, but I want to create one for the photos of the Belleview Biltmore that I posted directly to my wall.

If you open your Photos from Posts album, they show up in a asthetically pleasing collage, but what you do not see is that they are actually in several folders sorted by date. You will see this shortly.

You cannot directly edit photos or albums from your G+ page, other than uploading and deleting.  To edit your albums, Google integrates Picasa Web Albums, and you can access your photos by going to  From there, you will see all of your albums again.

Now if you enter your “Photos from Posts,” album you will see them separated by date:

For this example, I am going to take the photo of the Grand Staircase that I posted on 3-9-12 and move it to a new album titled Belleview Biltmore Hotel March 2012.

Open the album that contains the image(s) you want to move.  If you uploaded several images or posted more than one to your wall on a given day, you should see more than just the one image. 

Click on the Organize Button.

Click to highlight the photo(s) that you want to move to another album and click Move. If you are moving multiple images, hold the CTRL (Mac: Option) key and click the photos you want to select.

You will see this warning, but the content stays on your stream and seems unaffected.  (Correct me if this is wrong).  Just click OK.

Here you have the choice to make a new album, or choose an existing album.  You can also choose your preferred privacy setting for the album.

That’s it, the photo now shows in the newly created album.

 You will have to go back and delete the old album if it is empty (in Picasa).

Going back to G+, the new album shows up with the one image we moved.

It still shows up with the original post on March 9th, but if you click on the post now, you will see that it references the new album location!

That’s It! I hope this was helpful to you!


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