I love working with the best of the best in New Orleans and these guys are no exception to the rule. I have always said, "You have no voice unless you are involved!" If you have an opinion on a subject matter than get in a position to voice it. I am always impressed how New Orleans vendors can continuously impress their clients no matter how large of a scale they are requesting. When a large convention comes in town they are calling around the city looking for the best to get the job done and I'm proud to be on that list. ILEA stands for International Live Events Association. Basically when an event needs linens, bands, photographers, venues, etc...ILEA is a one stop shop for your needs. While many great organizations exist here in New Orleans, ILEA is the one I have been the most involved in.
Back to the board meeting.....
I always get a kick out of seeing my work all around New Orleans! Gray Line Tours has a wonderful young lady named Aggie Canales who I work with a bunch. When I tell you she is the sweetest most down to Earth person you'll ever meet, I mean it. Working jobs with her and her team always seems to evolve into a baby epic day. You know those days when the coolest thing that happened was a small portion of your day yet it's the most memorable. Well whenever Aggie calls me to work I know it's going to be a fun ride. Here are a couple of video that were produced with my imagery. Enjoy-
My business includes all things photography related and I LOVE the variety. I'm super proud to have such bug name clients like Lakeside Shopping, Marriott, BBC Destination Management, Gambino's, Microsoft, New Orleans Saints and many many more. Every day I put the camera in my hands I am ready to give 1000% to each client in front of me. Nothing is sweater than that cute newborn baby in our studio yet driving downtown and seeing your work on billboards is way cool as well.
I think the best song that sums up who I am as a person and a businessman is Tim McGraw's "Stay Humble and Kind!" I get teared up every time I hear that song because it's true to the core.
This little lady is 16 years young. She has been dancing for 12 years and her future as a dancer is bright. It's the old saying..."If it was easy everyone would do it!" Well nothing would be special either if everyone could do your talent. Our human platform is built around actions and reactions. As technology has made our lives easier it has also made us lazier. Those of us who put in the painful hours from beginner tragic to inspirational artist all have one thing in common...HARD WORK! Now natural talent does exist but every bar can and will be raised by you or someone else. My question to you is simple. Will you be the one who raises the bar today?
So many images to share with this beautiful wedding! I'll let the images do the speaking instead of me boring you with my words. Moments happen and we take the picture...being able to SEE the moments happening has become a true gift for me as a photographer.
Both moms were fluffing the gown....click!
First look emotions are always gems to capture.
I have photographed this area for over 23 years and THIS IMAGE WAS A FIRST! I always tell other photographers to Shoot Like A Tourist and appreciate ALL of your surroundings!
SERIOUSLY......this light though?!
The Boogie Men really know how to keep a party dancing!!!
I'm so proud of all the guest who lined up and actually did as I asked when throwing the confetti, because this image is priceless!
This is why I love my weddings. I love being able to use all of my creative knowledge and attack the scenes in front of me, so I can give my brides and grooms the ending results they deserve. I work very hard at my job and I cannot tell you the satisfaction I get when my clients are thrilled with their images. One day I'll be gone and my work left behind will always represent who I am as an artist.
Many years ago when digital was new I used to be on a popular photography forum. It was awesome because we all had a place to go to and share thoughts and ideas for our photography industry. We were all talking about how sooner or later everyone will be a photographer. I asked the question "When everyone in the world is a photographer how will you separate yourself from everyone else?" Well that thread went cold very fast. People didn't even bother answering the question. I figured at first, man I guess people don't take me seriously. Well fast forward to today and my question still holds true!
Ever since Facebook started to have "Business" pages without asking for an actual license, everyone in the world suddenly became a pro photographer. Facebook was flooded with people just picking up a camera for the first time and starting a business page. Now I would love to speak with Mark Zuckerberg and let him know the one flaw with Facebook which hurts small businesses, but I have to stop and eat my own words!
Literally everyone in the world was becoming my competition. Thats weird?
It's very easy to blame everything around you for business changing but the truth is you need to change with it!!!!! I grew up on computers so I had an advantage other older businesses didn't have. I knew I needed to do more in order to separate from everyone else. When Elizabeth and I took a look from the outside in to our business, it was obvious where we needed to separate.
Ask Yourself These 10 Questions:
1) How does your client explain your style?
2) What are you doing that makes your clients want to scream from the rooftops about how great you are?
3) Does your quality match your asking price?
4) Where would you like your business to be in 10 years?
5) Are you using Social Media for it's value for your business?
6) What is your brand?
7) What is your marketing budget for the year?
8) Are you attracting the right kind of clients that compliment your brand?
9) Do you work SEO through your Blog or Website?
10) What 3 things can I do right now that will make a difference in my business?
I'll be creating YouTube videos on each of these 10 questions and how Elizabeth and I fine tuned our business for the top notch brand it is now.
The best way for me to explain Shelby and Jonathan to you is to just show you the images! :)
I love it when a guy is cool enough to have his Iphone in his pocket playing music they can dance to. The movement these two gave me was inspiring. When I don't have to pose every single frame I get the chance to allow moments to happen. I like to nudge the couple to have fun and be the "Couple" they are for their engagement session. I know many people aren't comfortable in front of the camera because their expectations of themselves are so high but not sure if they can deliver. I always take the approach of spying on you as if you were on a date or just taking a stroll.
Shelby and Jonathan have that fun delightful spark you like seeing in a happy couple. I think we laughed together more than we tried posing certain ways. A woman smiles and grins a certain way when her man is whispering in her ear, holding her waist or simply looking into her eyes. These are the aspects I like to showcase in my wedding photography, not a pose or a lighting feature...I want my clients to show me the love. The following images are just a few of my favs. I'm working on a video to better showcase how I do...what I do for my You tube channel.
As a pro photographer it's my job to pose the client in the best light possible. I used to always use a flash with a softbox but honestly I like good old fashion sunlight the best. Nothing looks more organic to me than God's light. I love finding a location that has swooping sunlight at the right time of the day. I'll arrive at the location we discussed days before to check out where the light falls across certain areas before I have my client in front of me. Every aspect of your actions will determine the outcome of your session and your professionalism. Nothing feels better then taking your bride's hand and leading her to a spot you found hours or days before and creating something beautiful because you "Found The Light!"
The following image is impressive how the sun is perfectly painting the scene from left to right. Directing my bride to fall into the sunlight gives the viewer's eye a painterly scene to appreciate.
If you are a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, I hope I encouraged you to stop and find the light. Finding your control with your photography will help your inner artist shine! -GK
Throw Back Thursday -
One aspect of working with a wonderful floral artist is getting the opportunity to capture images like these. Diane Mouton is the owner of Fat Cat Flowers and the following images are a great representation of her work. The first image showcases a beautiful floral sash! I captured these images with medium format film and a Mamiya 645 camera. I just love how film gives that beautiful grain and low contrast for keeping the subtle yet colorful subject true to it's natural state.
The above image is a beautiful table design by Diane Mouton. I love the complementary colors and beautiful floral showcasing the long table and it's beautiful subjects at the end. The wonderful light entering the huge room was a true delight to work in! The venue is called Marche' and you have to experience it's beauty for yourself. So many aspects of photography is being put to use in these images. I love deciding on the depth of field for the table image. I wanted the image to be about the lovely couple at the end of the table. The leading colors from left to right is just about pointing to the couple. You notice the beautiful flowers on the table but they are just enough out of focus to make your eyes stay on the couple.
Well after 2 years without a vacation I'm finally here at the beach. I couldn't wait to get here, so I could completely unwind and regroup as a human being. HEHEHEH At least that is my intention. When you blow and go for so long without a break you loose yourself to some degree. Everyday becomes a work day whether you are off or not because work is always stacking up for you to do. The mental state of your brain is sooooooooo important for the creative mind, at least mine!
My one saving grace is how much I love what I do for a living. The life I have with my camera is truly a wonder for how I started with ZERO and fast forward to now. I couldn't wait to go to the beach so I could relax and clear my brain in order to allow new creativity inside. Like all things in life, nothing goes perfectly as planned when you have a really big idea. It takes planning, understanding and know how for making your plans actually come true. I wanted to fly my drone along the beach around sunset or sunrise...left my GoPro at home...I wanted to do some time lapse video through my DJI stabilizer for my phone.....left that at home also!!!!! ARGHHHH My plans quickly went off kilter as soon as I opened my bags. Hmmmmmmm
What is the Universe trying to tell me? Either 1) I'm a forgetful idiot or 2) this break needs more off the cuff creativity rather than the planned things I wanted to do in my head. Obviously I'm here to be on retreat for my eyes and my soul. The one aspect I am holding myself to is capturing as many images of my kids that showcase their wonderful personalities at the ages they are right now.
This painting hanging on the wall truly sums up reality as of now. The beautiful scene has the ominous weather above it reminding you how beautiful all of it is working together. If it was just dry weather all the time the scene would have less green grass and less water in the lakes and rivers. The image reminds me of my state of mind as of this second. Right beyond the dark rain clouds you can see the blue sky peaking through. The blue sky is my creative brain and the rain clouds is what I need for a chance to stop and reset. Well I'm grabbing a beer and going to sit by the pool and not think of a single thing. It just got finished raining outside, so how ironic is this blog post? #TimeToRecharge
I'm a huge fan of listening to your dreams. Your dreams are usually about you whether you think so or not. Translating your dreams will help you adapt to real life scenerios. I believe your subconscious has a fantastic way of getting you to understand some things in your life. My dream last night was weird at first. I was in this dark blue/grey looking room, kinda like a club. The people I was hanging with were all smiling and laughing with me.
I would walk to the other side of the room and they would follow me. Towards the end of the dream when I walked away they all stopped smiling instantly and their faces looked sad. I was confused on what was happening that made them sad. When I turned to the girl behind me and grabbed her hand to follow me, she smiled and so did everyone else. When I let go of her hand, they stopped following me and looked sad again.
I turned around and made them follow me again and the sad faces became happy again. I told you this dream was strange. After waking up this morning I realized what my dream meant. People that follow me want me to LEAD!
I mean WHOA! What a powerful dream. Lately I have been creating my Youtube channel and wondering whether I should continue my Vlogging or just teach photography. Well I think the dream set me straight that it's important for me to lead people in some way. Maybe you are in the same situation when you should step up in the group or at work and you just don't know if you should. YES...you should! The universe needs leaders and I'm proud to be one of them.
Listen to your subconscious, feel it in your heart and STAY FOCUSED!
"Photography is my life!"
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