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Lights, Camera, Alissa

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After working on Rebecca's Instaglam Bat Mitzvah slide show a few years ago, it was a pleasure to create another photo themed slide show for the Barnholz family. Mazel Tov Alissa!



The soundtrack to Alissa's slide show included:
Perfect, by Ed Sheeran
Home, by Phillip Phillips
Best Day of My Life, by American Authors


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Naomi

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"Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down"
-Slow Down by Nicole Nordeman


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Adam's Bar Mitzvah

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A huge Mazel Tov to Adam on becoming a Bar Mitzvah!



His slide show soundtrack included:
Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man
Titanium - David Guetta
Hall of Fame - The Script
Thunder - Imagine Dragons

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Mazel Tov Kate

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After creating a slide show for Kate's bother's Bar Mitzvah, I was thrilled to work with her family again and make something special for Kate. Mazel Tov Kate, on your Bat Mitzvah!


Her slide show soundtrack included:
Baby Mine - Alison Krauss
We're Going to Be Friends - The White Stripes
One Call Away - Charlie Puth
We Are - Keke Palmer


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Humble and Kind

´┐╝´┐╝blogEntryTopperAlways stay humble and kind is pretty much all the advice you ever need to hear. I love, love, love this song. You may know it as Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw, but it was actually written by Lori McKenna and performed on her latest album "The Bird & The Rifle." Both versions are beautiful, and give us important reminders about humility, patience and kindness.
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Sending Support and Love

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Have you ever had a friend or loved one in need of support, but you didn't have the right words? The songs below all sing the thoughts you have in your heart.

An alternative blog title is: Songs you sing to tell your friend how much you value the light and love she brings into the world.

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Spotify playlist is at the bottom of the blog.

Remind You - Andy Grammar
And when you're questioning your worth in the way that we all do / And your version of amnesia starts to seep on through / And you know that you are great but you can't remember why / I will be there by your side


Broad Shouldered Beasts - Mumford and Sons
But when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck / Feel my hand 'round yours / And when you feel the world wrapping 'round your neck / Don't succumb / But it's alright / Take it out on me


By Your Side - Sade
When you're lost / You're alone and you can't get back again / I'll find you, darling, and I'll bring you home


Stand by You - Rachel Platten
And love, if your wings are broken / Borrow mine so yours can open too / 'Cause I'm gonna stand by you


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Songs about Babies and Children

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As the saying goes, it's the longest shortest time. Kids make us laugh, they make us cry, and above all else, they remind us there is always beauty and kindness in the world. The full Spotify playlist is at the bottom of the blog.

Baby Mine - Alsion Krauss

Baby mine / Don't you cry / Baby mine / Dry your eyes / Rest your head close to my heart / Never to part / Baby of mine


Barefoot Children - Jimmy Buffet

Barefoot children in the rain / Got no need to explain / We'd be swingin' on a ball and chain / It's always understood by those who play the game / barefoot children in the rain


Home - Phillip Phillips
Settle down, it'll all be clear / Don't pay no mind to the demons / They fill you with fear / The trouble it might drag you down / If you get lost, you can always be found / Just no you're not alone / Cause I'm going to make this place your home
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Take Another Picture - Songs about Photographs

blogEntryTopperThere are so many songs beyond Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" and Nickelback's "Photograph" about the power of the picture. Here are some songs guaranteed to put you in the mood to reminisce. From celebrations to breakups and everything in between, this is the soundtrack for your life in pictures.

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Spotify playlist is at the bottom of the blog.

Take Another Picture - Bishop Allen
Take another picture with your click, click, click, click, camera / Sure, I've got pictures of my own / Of the people and places that I've known


Butterfly - Corinne Bailey Rae
In my mother's house
/ There's a photograph / Of a day gone past / Always makes me laugh / There's a little girl / Wary of the world / She got much to learn


Kamera - Wilco
I need a camera to my eye / To my eye, reminding / Which lies I have been hiding / Which echoes belong / I've counted out days / To see how far / I've driven in the dark / With echoes in my heart


Picture to Burn - Taylor Swift

So watch me strike a match / On all my wasted time / As far as I'm concerned / You're just another picture to burn

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Sara and Lucas Get Married

Throughout the wedding planning process, Lucas told his mother the only thing he really wanted was a slide show. Such a small request, and yet, it says so much about the bride and groom. Here's to keeping things simple, and focusing on what truly matters most during a wedding, the couples love for each other. Sara and Lucas celebrated their love with a slide show featuring photos from their many celebrations, vacations and years together.

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Ellie's Bat Mitzvah

Ellie's Bat Mitzvah video celebrated her love of family, happy times with friends and her favorite pastime - indoor wave surfing.


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International Day of the Girl - Songs from the First Lady

In honor of the United Nations International Day of the Girl First Lady Michelle Obama released a playlist filled wit inspiring songs she says "every woman - young or old - will love." Great slide show songs to celebrate the strong, confident and independent women in your life.

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Congratulations Kayla and Steven

Although I have not yet met Kayla and Steven, I had the chance to work with their parents to create this slide show shown at their rehearsal dinner. It was a pleasure to work with a family that was so filled with love for their children and could not wait to celebrate their marriage. Congratulations Kayla and Steven on beginning your life together.
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Wnen Alex Gets His Name in Lights

Alex has loved the theater since he was a little boy. Singing, dancing, performing, he loves it all. His Bar Mitzvah slide show focuses on his performances, with a little bit of friends and family sprinkled in along the way.

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Rebecca's Bat Mitzvah

Welcome to Rebecca's Instaglam Bat Mitzvah. Glamorous and fun, she interlaced her love of Intsagram all the way through her Bat Mitzvah slide show.
Alex has loved the theater since he was a little boy. Singing, dancing, performing, he loves it all. His Bar Mitzvah slide show focuses on his performances, with a little bit of friends and family sprinkled in along the way.


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Ashlyn & Alexis

A few years back I worked on their family montage, and it was my pleasure to create a slide show for their B'nai Mitzvah. Mazel Tov Alexis and Ashlyn, I love watching you grow up!



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Let's Celebrate

Milestone events are a cause for celebration, and Mimi and Don's family have much to celebrate! This montage was created for Mimi and Don's 65th wedding anniversary, Mimi's 85th, birthday and Don's 90th birthday. Congratulations Mimi and Don on a lifetime of celebrations!


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The Schlapper Family Reunion

Coming from a family of 9 sisters and 2 brothers, the Schlapper family had much to celebrate as they gathered for their family reunion. It was a joy to see the family history take shape through old family photographs, beginning with the family farmhouse and continuing through today, with many milestone birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations in between.




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Beth and Michael Get Married

Beth and Michael became husband and wife in an elegant ceremony surrounded by people who love them. As a couple, they have a wonderful combination of grace, good humor and devotion. Their rehearsal dinner slide show highlighted all of these qualities, by beginning with classic engagement photos, and sprinkling in a bit a fun throughout the show.



No celebration of Beth and Michael could be complete without their beloved dog Daisy, so the slide show ended with a recreation of "The Simpsons" couch gag, complete with caricatures of Michael, Beth, and of course Daisy. Lets raise a can of Duff's to toast the happy couple as they begin their life together.


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Will Graduates

I donate slide show gift certificates to non-profit trivia nights auctions and throughout the year. The slide show for Will's graduation was won at a trivia night for Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, an organization whose mission is to empower women and their families to build safety, skills, economic security and hope for the future. A graduate of the St. Louis University class of 2013, Will's slide show features the blue and white colors of SLUH, plus a driving techno beat .


Will's slide show soundtrack included:
Happy - c2c
Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
Down the Road -c2c



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The wedding of Lori and Lee

There is a tradition in Judaism to plant a tree when a child is born - cypress for a girl, cedar for a boy - and use the branches of each to make the chuppah (wedding canopy) upon their marriage. The Rabbis told this story under Lori and Lee's chuppah, and reminded us all about the glory of tradition, the strength of love, and the beauty that comes from blending branches. Mazel tov to Lori and Lee!

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Spring Has Sprung

The chill is just about gone from the air, and the sun is finally shining. Here are 25 songs to get you up, out, and ready for Spring.

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Myra's 104th Birthday

Creating a video to honor a woman turning 104 is truly amazing, and when that woman is also your grandmother, it is magical. Last weekend, my family gathered to celebrate my grandmother's 104th birthday. Mother of three boys, grandmother to seven, and great-grandmother of ten (with one more on the way) she still lives on her own, has never used a computer, and fills every room she enters with her enormous personality.



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Jimmy's 95th Birthday

Goody, Pvt. James G. Davis, Uncle Jimmy, Poppy Joe. There is no shortage of nicknames for Jimmy, and his family reminisced about them all as he celebrated his 95th birthday this weekend. A man full of energy and fun, not even a snow storm that shut down the Midwest could stop his family from gathering to toast this family patriarch. Happy 95th birthday Jimmy, and surfs up!

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Zoe's Bat Mitzvah

Your Smiling Face, by James Taylor, was the second song in Zoe's Bat Mitzvah slide show. It is a fitting song, because Zoe's movie featured photos only of Zoe, and her beaming grin and infectious smile almost jump off the screen in every shot. Mazel Tov Zoe, on your Bat Mitzvah!
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The Zeldin Family

The Zeldin family gave the gift of memories this holiday season. Instead of framed photos for all the grandparents, this year the Zeldin's gave a dvd slide show of the grandchildren growing up, a gift guaranteed to bring smiles and laughter to every grandparent.

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Allie and Jamie's Rehearsal Dinner

Allie and Jamie were married in Boston, and used the swans, bridges, and landscape of Boston Common, the oldest park in the country, as a backdrop for their wedding weekend.


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Congratulations Kyla & Caley

Kyla and Caley celebrated all things nautical with their waterfront wedding. The opening for their rehearsal dinner slide show was inspired by their invitation, event color schemes and of course, the beach.

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Derek's Bar Mitzvah

I have been privileged to create a photo montage celebrating the Bar Mitzvahs of both Brennan (2010) and Derek (2012). Both brothers love sports and their slide shows begin highlighting their love of the game.



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Songs for the Graduation Season

Graduation season is upon us. Here are some songs to get you in the mood for new beginnings and old friends.

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