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!
This funny, cool, Awesome candid of the bride and groom walking and singing as they walk to their reception venue, was a moment I will never forget. Much of her bridal party were from out of town, laughing and singing with them as they walked to The Chicory on Fulton Street. How could I resist snapping a few images of them celebrating in the streets of New Orleans!
The following image was not posed at all. We were outside photographing the bride and her girls on the balcony when they stopped to adjust her veil. I noticed the reflection in the window and had to capture it!
At the end of the day I want your wedding images to look like YOUR WEDDING!
I recently attended a workshop hosted by "A Bryan Photo" in Birmingham Alabama. This was a workshop for fellow creative's who are in business and striving for more simplicity in their life. This workshop was also based on all things film related, so bring out the Leica and Rollei cameras. The owners Bryan and Ashley Johnson, were wonderful hosts and mentors.
I attended this class for the sole purpose of redefining who I am as a photographic artist. Capturing imagery with film makes you slowdown and process your thoughts more clearly. Digital has made the "right here right now" syndrome an epidemic for all photographers. I thought I would never shoot film again but lo and behold I am still in love with the process and the end results. It is kind of funny that so many Photoshop actions for making digital files look like film are available. Workflow wise I cannot stand living in the computer when the outside world is happening without me being there to capture it. There is just something to be said about exposing of all the film and sending it to your lab. The anticipation is intense and every time you or photographing with film you understand the importance of each image in the quality from which camera model in film type you choose to use.
I learned a few things that were life changing for me as an artist. It's obvious to me the style of photography that fits me the best can be summed up into one word...movement!
Life moving around me is a story waiting to be captured. On a wedding I am constantly seeing people interacting allowing me to find the right angles to better tell the story of the image I wish to capture. All of your surroundings play an active role in telling the story within an image. I love seeing the entire scene before me then carefully selecting how and where to create the best photograph. Whenever I find myself having to pose people I always direct them with creating movement that provides me the moment I'm looking for. If a wedding couple is just looking at the camera they tend to be more stiff and plastic looking. I would rather get them in the position I want them in, then tell them to talk to each other or move together which always provides me a real moment worth capturing. The following image was literally a one shot click and get back out of the street before the cars came.
Nothing about the above image was posed. I was watching this scene take place in front of me with the car headlights along with the rain, so when the moment was right I said, "Quick run out in the street and kiss your girl!" The below image is what was happening right before my image was taken.
I realized creating from my soul was capturing the movement around me. The static poses just aren't me! I can pose all day long if needed but my heart thrives on movement. With this new found love for my inner artist I plan to showcase only the imagery that best represents my true style of photography. I'm excited to use my film cameras and help keep the nostalgic imagery alive. This workshop helped me realize Timeless imagery is my true love and Movement is the style which keeps me inspired to create, capture and share!
For the past several years I have been proudly working with some of the best vendors in the city. Vendors such as floral artists, lighting companies, planner/designers, catering, transportation, etc. just to name a few, are great to collaborate a styled photo shoot with. I love creating something together that is unique and at times over the top. It's actually a fantastic way for me to see what are their strong points and how creative can they be? I think it's awesome to get a fabulous makeup artist and tell them to run free with their imagination! I think it's fun to do things super unique with no boundaries like when you have a paying client. We are all artists that strive to be different and set ourselves apart from the rest. Well this is my way of creating those opportunities and we all get fantastic images to share for publication and advertising!
If you are a fellow creative and you would like to collaborate with me, just send me a message and lets create something fabulous together!
I have taught all around the country and the best way to learn is hands on! I am a visual learner/teacher who loves small groups. I have over 2 decades of knowledge that is ready for the tapping. If you are ready for something unique, invigorating, artistic with the business savvy end of it all...I'm your guy.
Here is the deal. I am not sponsored by any products, labs or album companies. I am truly here to pull the inner artist out of you and present it to the world! I could do the whole PPA speaking tour thing but it just isn't who I am. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be the best. Competition is the key to any businesses success. They won't admit it but it's true. The bar is never raised until you are challenged!
Whether you have been in business like me over 20 years or you are just starting to learn this business...I am here.
Seminars for "Focused" are limited to 20 people per group event so the best experience is possible for each attendee. I have been to a ton of lectures and conventions with speakers that didn't teach me squat! Money out the door! Every once in a while I get a speaker who actually isn't out for himself/herself and I get the most production possible out of the event. Well that is my class. I'm here for you.
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"Love what you do and never work a day in your life!" -GK
Man oh man have I been busy ever since I left for my destination wedding in Colorado! After arriving home from Colorado the next day my job was in the New Orleans Superdome. The rest of the week was more corporate jobs, studio sessions and so much more following up until today's post. I am literally creating the time for this blog post today because I feel so guilty not being able to make a post in the last week or so. What I love about my 21 year career up until now, is the diversity I created within my brand. GK photography is highly known around New Orleans and I love every minute of it. For many years I specialized in weddings and through these events other opportunities always seem to arise. I love seeing my high school seniors become my wedding clients, then we photograph their kids and the cycle seems to repeat itself. I love my commercial work because the level of excellence which these companies expect is always top notch. I love pushing my knowledge as far as it can go.
To give you an idea of my diversity, let me share the kind of jobs I had just last week. Last week I had a corporate event which included a seven hour time lapse in the Superdome, before that was a destination wedding in Colorado, then we had a newborn baby in the studio, and in between all the sessions I have to process the images for sales sessions and lab fulfillments. Did I also mention that all of this work is within the realm of only two people, my wife Elizabeth and I. Elizabeth basically is all of the front of the house and I am all of the back of the house. She answers the phones, schedules clients, follows up with emails and delivers outstanding customer service.
I love the diversity in my business because I am literally never bored! Any job that comes to our business I am proud to say I am very good at accomplishing. I never really wanted to only specialize in one field such as weddings or just children portraiture. My soul needs to constantly create and I am proud to say, that is exactly what exists in my life today. I think one of the most fun aspects of my career is learning how to create beautiful food photography. How can you not love the diverse styles of food we have here in New Orleans? As you follow my blog I will weekly show you my diverse life and imagery that is created from it. Today we have a child session and two sales sessions from family portraits we did on location. So as you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook… Just know that those posts get squeezed in between all the other aspects of our day. I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings me. :)
I love my job. I love my diverse life. I love my family. To me this is the definition of "Living the Dream." -GK
This image was taken with my Mamiya 645 and Kodak Portra 400 film. We were done with the posed imagery with all of her girls and as we were walking away I saw this image happening right in front of my eyes. I had my medium format camera already in my hands so I just had to squeeze off a quick shot. I love film for the simplest of reasons, NO PHOTOSHOP! This image was scanned by #Richardphotolab
What I love about photographing weddings is the fun I get to have with beautiful people. Who can look at this picture and not see the beauty the art of the flowers and the dress and the wonderful lighting that just brings the whole image together as it is same here. What you don't see on the huge windows behind me that are producing the beautiful soft light that is entering the room and softly exposing my beautiful bridesmaids. Since the windows behind me are to the left into the right and from another room the soft light coming across the girls really shows the texture of the dresses the flowers in their hair styles. Whenever I walk on site to a job and it is evident on all of the effort and work and artistry that went into the subjects before you, you know the best work is the only option possible. You know when Tiger Woods is on TV and you want him hit 300+ yard drive, he makes it look easy. We all know that level of golf that Tiger plays is not easy at all. Since he makes it look easy, everyone wants to be a pro golfer. Photography is the same way if we make it look easy then we are doing our jobs.
"Photography is my life!"
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