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
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!
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.
I am so in LOVE with my city when it comes to variety of backgrounds for my photography! I am starting an Etsy.com page for my New Orleans imagery printed on fine art paper. All of the above images were captured on Kodak Portra 400 film and a Mamiya medium format camera. Big shout out to Millers Lab for the wonderful scans. All of the images are straight out of the camera...no Photoshop required.
With so many unique colors in the Quarter I can find just about any background that will work with an outfit. How cool is the above image of Jessica against the door which is " just about matching colors of her dress"???
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!
This year we brought the kids to Disney for the entire week of Mardi Gras. I really needed the 7 day break to fully enjoy our vacation. Taking the time to enjoy your family is easier said then done. Life will always keep you busy so create the time you need! This trip was fabulous because we didn't need the stroller anymore for the kids. Jack being six years old and full of energy bounced around Disney like Tigger. I thought eventually he would get tired and I would be carrying him however that boy bounced around the park until midnight every night. He also surprised me by riding every ride he could get on. Jack even rode Expedition Everest which was an experience all by itself. HA! :)
Julia and Ellie are not little girls anymore so the urge to see princesses was gone. We all slept in instead of having to get to a breakfast with a princess at 8 am, so this made our trip even more relaxing. yay!
Elizabeth and I were able to stop being business owners for a week and just be Mom and Dad. Disney has a firework show called "Wishes" in Magical Kingdom every night at 10 pm. The park shuts down the lights and this colorful slideshow is projected onto the castle. The theme is all about how you have the power to make our dreams come true. On the last night I was holding Jack while the show was bursting with fireworks and I couldn't help but feel verklempt. I'm a proud dad who still believes in making dreams come true. I just want my kids to never stop believing in magic. Life is full of magical experiences. As I held Jack I squeezed a little tighter because that day will never happen again. His day at Disney will always be a memory of me holding him during the firework show. My memory will always be me holding Jack and he was 6 years old. Together we made a memory from a moment of believing in wishes.
It's funny because Jack is my shadow. He wants to be like me so bad yet I'm trying so hard to stay young and excited about life like him! Julia is 13 so if you haven't raised a teenager yet, you won't understand, but getting hugs from her is huge. One moment she is all about her friends, the next moment she is all about me. It's a rollercoaster ride I have never been on and wow is it fun!!!!!! The cool thing is I will remember every hug and every smile Julia gave me. She is at that age where magic is hard to find and making wishes seems like a waste of time. I just keep being the dad I am and constantly show her how to make your wishes come true. My success is her living proof that you can do anything if you believe hard enough!
Ellie is 11 and she is my sidekick with all things magical. Her magical spirit in infectious to all who are around her. Disney is the breeding ground for positive thinking and Ellie takes to it like a fish to water! This girl has self respect most people strive to have. She believes with confidence that she can do anything and that motivates me to do the same. Funny how an 11 year old can motivate a 44 year old. :)
Elizabeth was so happy to have nothing to do but enjoy the time with the kids. We both know the sensitivity of time and how important it is we make these memories happen. Photography has given me the sight of seeing the world in a different light. I tell Jack it is one of my super hero powers. I'm so glad the last 7 days happened. I thank Walt Disney for creating a real place on this Earth where positivity is king! The 10 hour drive to get there, the 12,000 steps you'll get in walking and the exhausted feeling of needing a vacation from your vacation...IS SOOOO WORTH IT!
You can always make money but making memories is worth so much more! -GK
Jack and Julia's 1st time on Expedition Everest!
DID YOU KNOW YOU ONLY HAVE TO GO TO THE SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER FOR THE YEAR BOOK IMAGE?
This is Natalie. Natalie chose downtown New Orleans for her casual senior portraits. Natalie will have images that truly showcase herself and her city. Natalie and GK created some amazing images together while enjoying the relaxing scenery. Natalie was a model for the day. Natalie has beautiful images to share. :)
GK Senior Model Teaser Video
"Photography is my life!"
New Orleans Fine Art Prints sold here!