Everyday I need to find sources to enhance my creativity. The video link below is a fantastic video to start your day. First you need to understand your creative brain and how fear plays a role. All of us want to be special whether you admit it or not. Sometimes just blending in the crowd is creative. I'm a super outgoing person but even I have days when the blending show must go on.
I love my job so much because of the different things I get to do on a daily basis. The camera is just a tool I use to make my ideas happen. You should be proud to be who you are and everyday is a blank canvas for you to perform. Your performance affects other people and the actions you complete is how you are remembered. Tough line to write but it makes perfect sense in my head. :)
I have always been grateful for people in my life that have motivated me to be better at everything I do. Now it's my turn to pay it forward. Give a stranger a smile, tell a stranger hello and watch the ripples of your grattitude continue on.
I love giving my high school seniors the most original session we can create. I love seeing several outfits, driving downtown and create imagery that best represents YOU! Check out this lil video about our senior model experience. #NotTheSchoolPhotographer
When I first got started in photography I was only 21 years old. Back then there was no school or college in the state of Louisiana that taught you the kind of photography I am doing now. Back then there was no school or college in the state of Louisiana that taught you the kind of photography I am doing todayng today. I literally had every mountain of challenges you can think of in front of me, but with my youth and my ego, I took it on like a personal fight between good versus evil.
I didn't know the first thing about a business and I had a lot to learn! The one thing about photography I have always learned to appreciate is the vastness of which I can use my skills but in order to use them you must first acquire them. Throughout the years I have spent the equivalent of a college education on learning about becoming a professional photographer. If you ever had a grand thought in your head about becoming something way bigger than who you are at this moment then you'll understand that feeling I had when I was 21 years old. The hardest thing for me to do was go for it! My parents are always my major support system and having it from them made my journey even more fun and amazing. What I came to learn about the industry is how it is actually taught to each of us. Pro photography is actually a trade being passed down to other creative's who want to continue the legacy of this wonderful industry. Now there are several colleges could do a fantastic job of teaching photography but I'm not sure about who teaches the business.
I have met so many more advanced people than myself that were so super sharing of their knowledge it just made me want to be more like them. I have always wanted to be a leader but how do you do that when you have no idea what is left and what is right. Helping people become better than who they are at the moment has always been a fascination of mine since so many wonderful people have encouraged me in the past. These days anyone can buy a decent digital camera and get pretty good looking pictures from it if not amazing. This does not make them a pro photographer by any means. With Facebook businesses that really aren't businesses, just people that can claim to have one, the average person doesn't know the difference of someone up holding a real business and someone who is just collecting money for the sake of taking a pretty picture.
When I was getting started in the industry I once asked a long time pro photographer the question, what really makes you a professional photographer? His answer will stick with me for a lifetime. He said anybody can learn to take a picture, but the pro photographer needs to create amazing pictures every single time they are asked to complete a job and do it at the best of their abilities. He also said that even on your most sick days with fever and achy pains all over your body you should be able to photograph a wedding 100 times better than uncle Fred with the same camera you do. I said WOW, that is a journey I am willing to accomplish and make you proud sir. :)
That man was Master Photographer of light, Tony Corbell. To this day he encourages me to keep getting better and share the knowledge learned.
Today I wanted to share with you a wonderful source for business knowledge and inspiration. We all need the guidance and today I hope I am yours. If you do not know who Seth Godin is.......then your welcome. :)
Usually I post a job when I'm completely finished developing my raws, but I just had to share a few! I will have another post about Alexa and Trey because they designed a beautiful wedding at one of my favorite places...The Blue Room at the Roosevelt Hotel. Enjoy the teaser I'll have much more to come. :)
I haven't been posting a ton to this blog lately because it's our crazy busy time of the year. We have weddings every weekend, portrait sessions and even Santa Clause. In the meantime I have somehow found a way to start a Vlog on Youtube. I truly love my job so adding some cool video from my Galaxy s7 Edge phone is easy for me so, I might as well share my experiences right?! :)
The help I need from my readers is "What would you like me show you the most on my Youtube channel?"
When you Subscribe to my channel you'll see the behind the scenes of how I work, laugh with me and get some photography knowledge along the way. The business of photography has come a long way in the last 20 years and I'm so happy to play such an active role in it. Love what you do and never work a day in your life.
I have always gone on location for many different kinds of portrait sessions but one of my favorites is our "In Home Sessions!" I love how children are more themselves in their homes which allows me to capture their true personalities. I know the holidays are near but that doesn't mean you need to be in green and red outfits. I would rather you take the time to create portraits you can hang on your walls all year round by wearing outfits that work within your home. Elizabeth and I pride ourselves with offering you services like this that truly elevates your GK Experience.
We love what we do and it shows!
For many years weddings have always had a special place in my heart. I believe meeting 200 plus people at a wedding is the opportunity of a lifetime to showcase what you can do and "How you do it!" The way I experience a wedding is through the eyes of everyone else. I understand Dad's point of view since I have daughters as well. The thought of walking my girls down the aisle is enough to start dropping tears. I understand mom's view as she looks at her little girl as a grown woman starting her own family. The guests want to enjoy watching the couple be in love on the dance floor and my timeline must allow them to do so. Every action has a reaction and when it all happens in front of 200 people it becomes obvious! The Elms Mansion on Saint Charles Avenue provided the backdrop for this amazing wedding.
Elizabeth and I always get the list of vendors so 1) I know who I'm working with and 2) I know who to deliver images to for their own advertising needs. This wedding I had the pleasure of working with Kelly Sherlock!
Kelly has a wonderful way of letting the day evolve naturally yet under the timeline which she has created. I love how Kelly always has a smile on her face which in turn keeps our clients happy and in the moment. The way she can motivate a crowd of people to do as we need them to is a blessing. After the ceremony we all went back up the aisle and knocked out the family group images really quick because Kelly was in charge and together we worked quickly! If you have Kelly and I on the job you are truly in good hands!
Cake art by: FlourPower & NOLA FLORA
Every wedding has it's own unique flare. When you hire the best in town you get the best experience possible. This wedding was fun, beautiful and "On Point!"
Every year in October and November we offer family portraits all around the city. The holiday's are upon us already and what better gift is there than FAMILY! Life is crazy busy and we always put our needs aside until last minute or not at all. Elizabeth and I can capture wonderful images of your family within a very short amount of time. The few minutes of photography will last you and your family a lifetime of memories.
I started a Vlog on Youtube to showcase the behind the scenes of what I do on a daily basis. This is Vlog #3 about why I still shoot film!
Man I get to see some really cool things in my city! Last night at the end of the party we had a laser light show with a girl who was able to bend the lights and hold it in her hand like a lightning rod! I always enjoy working with Bethany at Gwendolyn Entertainment. This event for the Port of Long Beach was held at Generations Hall in downtown New Orleans. If you ever need a contact there just ask for Hector and tell them GK sent you.
How cute are these little guys! Elizabeth and I are a fantastic working team I tell you. I sure couldn't do these images alone. #SimpleCleanBeautiful #artisEverywhere #NewbornTwins
My wedding last weekend was super fun to photograph. While at the grooms getting dressed location we thought it would be a fun idea to take a picture with the ice cream man we heard coming from around the block... then all hell breaks loose!!! After the group image with the van and driver , one of the groomsmen decides to get in the van and try to take off! The driver was crazy mad and pulled the groomsman out of his van!
Ok well it was staged but if it happened for real this is the story we would have told! hahahahahah!
Alyssa and Caleb had a beautiful fun and exciting wedding last weekend at Saint Mary's Church and the Chicory! Well now I can share her portraits from her bridal session only weeks prior. These images were created with my Canon 35 mm camera. Sometimes getting back to the basics really can create a newer version of YOU!
All of these images were natural light ONLY with no reflectors. I have found myself loving imagery "AS IT IS!" Gods light is the best light and that's what I use! :) #SimpleCleanBeautiful
Sarah and Will had a beautiful day for their engagement session. I'm always looking for areas with good light and this spot in Audubon Park was perfect. I love having my engaged couples just have fun and enjoy each others company. I like to photograph from a distance so I'll create a very candid feel with my images. Your wedding is about you two as a couple not me posing you for a shot. We laugh, we talk about the wedding and along the way we create imagery that is real! If you laugh together you can take on this beautiful experience called life. :)
For many years I have photographed events of all kinds. Charitable events are my way of giving back to my community! We all have talents that can be put to good use. Sapphire Events and GK Photography teamed up to help create an atmosphere of elegance and imagery. While Valerie and her team organized the flow of the event with their design talent, I captured the evening in style for all the details that followed.
These 3 events were tons of fun this year. If have have never attended these events then you should mark your calendars for next year. Enjoying the event is the best way you can participate in these wonderful charities! I hope to see you next year - GK
My buddy Aaron Adams took this image while I was teaching at the beautiful Joe wheeler State Park in northern Alabama. I performed a two day class on rebranding which included everything from your online presence to the paperwork you were handing your clients. I have talked all around the country over the last 10 years and this class might as well be one of the most important discussions yet. I have several friends in this group that I have made throughout the years and we were all happy to be in each other's company learning something new.
Last Saturday on October 1, GK photography turned 22 years young. I didn't blast it on Facebook, I didn't talk about it on Instagram, I just had another normal day like everyone else and thought of many ways on growing the business even more. You see having a successful business means you are never holding still long enough to slip behind your industry's growth. While you're constantly paying attention to what your competitors are doing it actually has nothing to do with the branding of your own business. If you are comfortable in knowing why your clients are coming to you then rebranding is easy. If you do not understand what your "why" is then you may have a lot of work in front of you.
I believe all artists have moments of greatness throughout their career. When somebody asks, "Who is the best in town?", I am always weary on the answer since I am thinking in my head who delivers those moments of greatness on a daily basis.
The following link is to understand your "WHY".
I always LOVE seeing these little creatures of perfection! What is even more fun is watching Elizabeth handle the newborns as if they were her own. It's how she gets her baby fix on! We adore our 3 children but there is just something to be said about a newborn. These little angels entered the world from heaven through the mom. How cool is that? I do many different types of business throughout my day and newborns always feel like the break I need to enjoy this little thing called life.
It's always fun for me to create imagery for my clients when they are so comfortable together along side me and my camera. Dana has a certain way she looks at Michael and it's obvious how she feels about him. This is what good photography is to me when it comes to capturing an engagement session. Back in the day we posed everything! Now I can direct movement and shoot the way I truly see things through my eyes.
Michael came ready to go with 2 great looking outfits which totally complimented the "Style Guide" we send our clients. Here are a few images that I loved the most from there session which I'm happy to share with my fellow readers.
Stay Focused - GK
Michael told me after he proposed to Dana, he had dinner reservations at Vincent's Italian Cuisine on Saint Charles Avenue. I knew we had to conclude our session there. Nothing like the love of your life and a nice glass of wine. :)
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Here is one of my favorite place to have an elopement ceremony, family portraits and just blocks away from your favorite restaurant. Audubon Cottages
Wedding photography has come along way in the two decades I have been in this industry. Something as simple as the details of the wedding has changed immensely. A lot of photographers still don't shoot these kinds of details but we make it a necessity on every wedding. We love to hear about what your color scheme is so we can find the right items to add and complement our imagery. If you have your paper from your invitations and mail outs I always love photographing them the day of the wedding in natural light. Now I do have some tricks up my sleeve as far as what do I bring on the wedding day to give me an advantage of making sure these kinds of detail images really shine. It's like any job I guess the more out-of-the-way you go the more in front of your competition you shall be. The above image was styled by Valerie Gernhauser of Sapphire Events in New Orleans. I absolutely love working with her and her team because the attention to detail throughout the entire day is ridiculously awesome.
I love my 100 mm true macro lens for images like the image above of the wedding rings. This was all natural light on some moss that I found out in the courtyard along the brick fence.
At times I find myself squinting with one eye to try and find a unique way of seeing my subject. This image of the grooms bouquet was literally taken moments before the church lady grabbed him to go inside the church before the bride showed up... And no this is not a creative crop, this is how the image was taken.
I'm going to conclude this post with the above image in my exclamation for it. You can always just throw the veil on something or hang it somewhere to showcase the veil by itself, but I would rather use my bride since it was made to elegantly drape over her body.
Stay creative… Stay focused -GK
I you or someone you know is a really good photographer then we need your submission today. GK Photography is a leader in the New Orleans photographic community and we always need 2nd shooters and leads.
We are in the process of building a list of talented photographers who understand the professional side of photography and is willing to work! Submit your info with links to photos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey why should the seniors have all the fun. I'm excited to showcase what the Juniors can do! You can bring your friends, have hair and makeup and be treated as a model in our studio. Being glamorous is so much fun with friends!
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Lauren and I utilized the beautiful day we had at City Park to it's fullest. I love to find little nooks that nobody else uses for my photography. The quality off light was just beautiful as it sculpted Lauren and her gown.
These 2 images were the most voted on through my Facebook Live Voting broadcast.
Chad Dyle with Dyle Films hard at work. You should have seen the drone he flew above for the shot of the day!
Gotta love this custom designed bouquet from a door knob! Angie Mackenroth D'Ingianni was the creator of this unique piece which added some artsy flare to the session.
You can click HERE to see the NOW Magazine blog post about the entire photo shoot!
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