Kelsey and Matthew called me for their wedding and we discussed going somewhere unique for their engagement session. I am ALWAYS up for somewhere new!!! We decided to go to Kelcey's family farm since she has so much history there. The good Lord was good to us providing crazy good weather and a sunset you always pray for! These images were captured in both digital and film media. The following was posted on Kelsey's Facebook page...
Thank you GK Photography for capturing our engagements at such a special place to us. Also, a huge thank you to my wonderful fiance' & my in-laws is due for working so hard to get the farm looking fantastic for our pictures. Matthew planted the sunflowers by hand for me, and he timed it perfectly so they would be just right for the photos. I am one lucky lady to be marrying a man who would do anything to make me smile.
Now check out these epic images!
Matthew actually planted these flowers by hand in time for them to bloom for our session! Now that's a first for me! That's gonna be hard to beat. :)
Ok, so quick story. when I was dating my lovely wife Elizabeth, she was baby sitting these cute baby twin baby boys next door to where she lived. Their names were Josh and Alex. They have always been referred to as "The Bienvenu Twins." Well fast forward to today and they have become these two super smart good looking boys! Trust me when I tell you their futures are going to be bright! The only aspect of them that is a problem is how they call me Mr. George, but their dad raised them correctly and I'll have to deal with their good manners. :)
I am proud not only know these guys but to have captured their essence as brothers in their senior pictures. Anybody can go to a studio and pose with a plastic 2017 prop. My seniors come to me for a "REAL EXPERIENCE."
I give you...Josh and Alex.
Now you see why my senior photography hashtag is: #NotTheSchoolPhotographer
I have had tons of people come to me over the years asking me to put on a class to understand all the camera functions, so they can take better pictures. I have given it lots of thought and did my research. I am proud to say I have the answers to your questions! I found a company that will host my on line course for a fee. The course will explain all the features of the camera and how the program modes really work.
If you are a NON photographer who just wants to take better pictures than this learning series is perfect for you. The course is a visual learning experience from the videos I will post showing you the features and their results.
I'm told often that people with good cameras still aren't getting the images they hope for. You know, you bought a good camera for Christmas 2 years ago and you are still getting blurry images of your daughter's gymnastic events in the gym?
Would you like to know why?
Why are your images so dark when you are taking pictures inside?
If you are interested in learning all about the camera then click the sign up button so you'll get my early bird offer in the email when the course is ready to go!
My first impression of Valentine's Day was back in grade school when the sweet heart candies were popular along with passing little folded up notes to the person you liked. It was a big deal to get a note passed to you or someone gave you a Valentine. Today I am reminded we all need to remember the little things that mean so much. Elizabeth and I just had lunch while the kids are in school and it was a nice escape. Life can throw you some curve balls distracting you from the good things in your life. Why is that anyway?
We just hear everyone say..."That's Life" to so many questions we have. Today remind yourself to do something small for someone because to them your kind gesture is a big deal.
There is one thing I tell all of my grooms when they get married...Never Stop Dating Your Wife!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
I am so impressed with the girls at Barts Office Moving and the team that surrounds them. This family owned business has been passed on to the 4 beautiful daughters. Don't let the good looks fool you because these girls were all raised around the family business and trained to be leaders! I am so excited to be on the Barts team. We have been photographing new imagery for their web site and promotional media. The impressive image on their web site landing page pretty much says it all.
This video is a time laps of a 4 day install for Entergy in Reserve Louisiana. I cannot wait to see it on their web site for the world to see. As one of my readers you get the first preview. :)
Today I am reminded of a session from last year that was taken within an orange grove. The family who owns the grove is also a supplier to several grocery stores in our areas. While the rest of the country knows New Orleans for Bourbon Street and French architecture, we local photographers are always on the lookout for the opposite! We love our city and all it offers but we as creative beings need the stark contrast from time to time.
This image is of Ashley standing poised in her beautiful gown holding stunning flowers by Bees Floral Designs in her now husband's family orange grove will always stand out in my memories. My local brides are always looking for something unique while my out of town brides love everything New Orleans. I do love both aspects of my city and I intend to find every new hidden jewel for new creativity!
I recently spoke to a group of floral designers about marketing and photography. We discussed how we can all work together with better ending results for our clients. Many times when I arrive on site for a wedding I start to photograph the details such as the dress, invitations, shoes etc. One idea I had was to get some left over scraps from the flowers so I can use them in my detail imagery. This way I can tie in her wedding colors and theme within my photography. How cool would it be to have some flower pieces to use with the details I'm capturing. Yay!
I was super surprised when a couple of days later these beautiful flowers were delivered to me as a Thank You for speaking to the group. The following images are studio images I took of the flowers designed by Laura Dowling, the White House Florist. #SimplyAmazing
Talking with these floral designers on how we both can benefit our client was the real goal for our meeting. I love seeing professionals in all industries coming together to enhance our client's overall experience.
I am so excited to spend the day with these two beautiful people!
I'll be adding imagery to this post after the wedding is completed, but until then I'm stoked to be at Saint Mary's Assumption and the Chicory tonight! Follow us on social media for sneak peaks throughout the event!
I love mom's emotions in this image. She was holding back the happy tears!
Even though we did a first look before the ceremony, the look on Will's face when his bide walked down the aisle is Priceless!
You have to love the f!aces on both dad's watching their kids first dance
In traditional grande New Orleans style, they finished the evening off with a 2nd line around downtown New Orleans with their family and friends!
The reason why I love photographing weddings even after 22 years is how I get to help make your wedding as monumental as it can be. Cheers to Sarah and Will for their new bond as husband and wife!
New Orleans is known for it's food and I'm the happy guy who gets to photograph it. Food is one of those subjects that is harder than you think to photograph. Like weddings, the job is easier when you work with the best. I have seen so many talents chefs and their teams produce high quality food I was proud to capture. I am always learning from people. You look at the picture below and see the final product on the table. What you don't see is all of the work that went into creating the end results. Being good at your craft is only part of it. Leading a team of people to help creating something awesome for your client is what it's all about.
I think sushi is the sexiest food to photograph. The amount of art that goes into these dishes is amazing. When you talk to a sushi chef they all say the same thing....time. It takes a long time to become a great sushi chef.
When I see the sushi on a plate I know the talent that went into the creation in front of me. If you want to be the best at anything it takes time. I respect the time and I love seeing the results.
The next time you have a beautiful plate of food in front of you, think about the behind the scenes of how your meal was actually created and placed in front of you.
Dana and Michael had a fantastic wedding for my last event of the year! I wanted to share a teaser post because I have so many images I love and just had to share. I always enjoy working with a couple that motivates me to create something fun and unique. Every client is different and I love the opportunity to capture the laughter and love within each and every one.
Man I really haven't been able to post much on the blog lately mainly because of seasonal rush! every business needs end of the year billing and jobs to complete while regular clients are getting their shopping done with portraits. Nothing is better than the gift of a family portrait. I love my families to look natural and fun.
If you look on your walls and see that you have never or haven't had a family image created in years...it's time you give me a call. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow will come and go quickly!
The above image was taken by my friend Mike Lirette. Mike is also our lead photographer under our sister company Red Leaf Weddings. Elizabeth is the owner of Red Leaf Weddings and MIke is our employee who produces beautiful work and is fantastic to work with. I have very high standards on what I think is "Good Quality" and truly "Professional" and MIke has no problem delivering either of the 2.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season as it quickly approaches. I literally just finished my shopping today. YAY!
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
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