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
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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!
I am super excited to work with the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown New Orleans! There new location is Iberville and Bourbon. Whether you are from out of town or a local in the area, you should stop in to experience the awesomeness which is Hard Rock. Private parties with amazing entertainment can be reserved. You can contact
Sales & Marketing Manager
Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans
125 Bourbon Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504.529.5617 | Direct:504.335.2292 | Fax:504.581.4960
The entertainment was provided by Carl Mack.
When a photograph speaks volumes it is truly inspiring to look at. Usually the first 10 images taken in a session can be thrown away because the nerves are still on edge. In order to get the realness of a couple I need them relaxed and having fun. While I scan the room for the best quality of light, backgrounds that compliment and which angle will work the best...my main goal is to capture my couples as who they are together. Sure I can pose them everywhere but it's just not who I am as an artist!
This image was within the first 10 shots and I just LOVE how obviously adorable they are together. They way I can assist my couples with relaxing, letting go of the nerves and how to just have fun is something I just cannot bottle up for social media. Who I am reflects in the images as well.
For many years I have been blessed with clients that truly compliment who I am as a person. I had such a hard time deciding on the one image to post for Instagram, so I created a Facebook live showing my audience 6 of my favs for them to vote on. This image was the winner and funny enough the one I wanted to post. :)
As promised here are the other 5 I just had to show off! -Cheers
Check out this video Caleb was lucky to have recorded. He didn't have plans on this happening but they ran into his aunt and he told her the scoop. Now you can SEE how Caleb proposed to Alyssa!
Why should high school seniors have all the fun! Here is our "Fun Friends Mini Session" for some Mount Carmel Juniors this year! Call us for your mini session at 737-5557 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate your friends with a modeling twist. Hair and makeup provided by "Looks by Lauren"
These 16 year old girls were pampered in style with hair and makeup then we had a fun relaxing session in the GK studio! It's hot outside so being in the cool studio with music, refreshments and snacks made the GK Junior Model Experience super fun. All the girls have memories with each other way beyond some cool images. The laughter from joking around with numerous selfies was undeniable fun!
This year we are creating an experience unlike any other studio in town. When you become a GK Senior Model, your name is entered in the fedora for a chance to win our "New Orleans Experience" once you refer (3) seniors to become a GK Senior Model. The package is on the way to becoming total AWESOMENESS! Lets just say...you, some friends, a limo, dinner, blah blah blah. :) I will reveal all of the details once everything is finalized with my friends from all around town.
Ava is simply a beautiful young lady! Her spirit is just as beautiful and these images show it! The black and white image shows her scar from recent back surgery and she is proud to show it off. Nothing is going to stop her from being the beautiful bright star which she is! I cannot wait to create stunning images for her senior portraits.
Ava wanted to showcase her scar from her recent back surgery. The confidence and strength this girl has should be admired by many women. I have known her since she was younger and I can tell you she comes from a long line of strong beautiful women. :)
This image makes me want to embrace life to it's fullest and not sweat the little things.
This is Ashley and Danny. The amount of laughs we had on their wedding day was enormous. Danny's family owns this amazing orange grove which you see in the image posted. I had so much fun capturing their Mr. and Mrs. session with film and digital media. The beautiful open space gave me much room for creativity. I couldn't believe how much variety I created in only one area. Why move to a building for a background when you have this wonderful site in front of you?
The Film Images
The next image truly sums up their relationship! I love watching them make each other laugh. Laughter to me is the key to any happy marriage. Elizabeth and I laugh about the silliest things it seems and I always enjoy seeing her big beautiful smile. :)
Now for my favorite image of the day.
It was the last frame in the camera and I didn't know if it really got exposed. All of the film images were created with a Yashica twin reflex and Tmax BW. Stay Focused!
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Lakeside Shopping Center is always evolving and keeping up with the genre. These images were produced in the studio for the use of advertising throughout the year. The attention to detail that must go into these sessions really keep me on my game and thriving to achieve better results. I'm constantly researching product photography and other web sites from larger commercial companies. I am proud to have Lakeside Shopping on my client list for the last 6 years!
Nothing is sweeter than a smile from a young child! All the innocence and excitement of life is at their fingertips. These boys just melted my soul . The following image is in the beginning of the session when all spirits were high. The below image was reality shortly after. :) heheheheh
What I love most about the candid image is how REAL it is. As a parent you know these moments are more than you think. I am so excited mom got this image for their bedroom. She loves the reality of the image just as much as I do. I am honored to be anyone's family photographer and the Bergers are no exception. I am always proud to have clients that love What I do, How I do it and most importantly Why. If you are included in the GK family then you understand what I mean. :)
I have always loved the many different ways you can train your eyes to look at things. I always back off from my subject just enough to look like I'm catching you in the moment. The top image was exactly that! The bottom image was after I ran inside and showed them were I would like to see them standing just talking to each other. The most direction I gave was talk to each other then "Show Me The Love" between you two. :)
Perspective is one of the hardest things to learn as a photographer. Tell yourself to shoot all around your subject. This will force you to see the angles that are not presented to you at the moment. Doing this action is how I "Find" the shot. Even if you are photographing your kids at home. Get out of their faces and back up to get the scene. You'll be surprised how different your photography will look once you "Find the Shot!"
The title says it all. The Birnbrey wedding was a huge party for their family and friends at the Ritz Carlton in downtown New Orleans. Alchemy Events Studio showered the rooms with their floral and unique decor. As their guest watched them get married the secret surprise was on the way. Mr. Birnbrey had setup with "Unique Events" to have the band "Kinfolk" blast the second line as soon as the glass was broken. Imagine you are in the seats looking forward as you yell Mazel Tov and from the back of the room the trumpets scream! People were super surprised yet crazy excited to dance out of the room into the cocktail hour room where everyone grabbed some food and drinks. Ellye and Jack entered the ballroom in style and danced the night away with the band "Mojeaux". This wedding was truly one to remember!
Click HERE to see more images on the Alchemy Events Studio web site.
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