Beachbody came to New Orleans a few weeks ago and showed the city how much fitness is a part of people's lives. With beach body it is also about creating a business to better yourself and others. These days there are a ton of options for stay home businesses, Self employment and trade options. Melanie Mitro is a wonderful example of strength, self drive, motivation and sharing the love for your job. I had the pleasure of working with Matt and Melanie and their beautiful family for the awards banquet at the Superdome.
This awards banquet was by far one of the best I have ever photographed. The creative team who designed the show did an incredible job. The show was like one of the major awards show you would see on tv. The comedy, the sincerity and the motivation for Beach Body was spot on! It really doesn't matte whether you know anything about the Beachbody system or not, what matters is how much you can relate to positive motivation and having the drive to create something better for yourself.
I have been blessed to have found photography at the young age of 21 and started my business at 23, giving myself the chance of a lifetime to work hard and see results! Life is about results isn't it? Think about all the things in your life and it's like a Math equation..."If I do this-then this will happen" Everything from relationships to work is an equation. Think about it. How is your equation going right now? Are you happy in your life with everything or do you see yourself thinking of "What if?"
Take that "What If" and change it into something positive for your life. Seeing Melanie on stage reminded me that my almost 25 years of efforts have strongly paid off. I do love my job and I know it's obvious. I cannot help but be vocal when working with my clients. I love working outdoors on sessions being able to see my city, make people laugh and help create something uniquely genuine of the person in front of my lens. If you feel like you need more positive motivation than you should join us on my Facebook page Focused with GK. We inspire each other to become better creatives. If you would like to check out more of Melainie's website you can go HERE.
Being a pro photographer means there are soooo many things I have adapted to that helps me do my job. This little gadget has been a life saver for my back. If you are a new budding photographer or an old pro for many years, if you're not using this device you're truly missing out unless fatigue and less pain in your back. When I do a wedding is over eight hours long I used to truly feel it in my lower back the next morning like I got hit by a bus or I was trying to carry the elephant from the zoo to my house. Check out this video for my YouTube Vlog And see what all the fuss is about. :)
I love working with the best of the best in New Orleans and these guys are no exception to the rule. I have always said, "You have no voice unless you are involved!" If you have an opinion on a subject matter than get in a position to voice it. I am always impressed how New Orleans vendors can continuously impress their clients no matter how large of a scale they are requesting. When a large convention comes in town they are calling around the city looking for the best to get the job done and I'm proud to be on that list. ILEA stands for International Live Events Association. Basically when an event needs linens, bands, photographers, venues, etc...ILEA is a one stop shop for your needs. While many great organizations exist here in New Orleans, ILEA is the one I have been the most involved in.
Back to the board meeting.....
I always get a kick out of seeing my work all around New Orleans! Gray Line Tours has a wonderful young lady named Aggie Canales who I work with a bunch. When I tell you she is the sweetest most down to Earth person you'll ever meet, I mean it. Working jobs with her and her team always seems to evolve into a baby epic day. You know those days when the coolest thing that happened was a small portion of your day yet it's the most memorable. Well whenever Aggie calls me to work I know it's going to be a fun ride. Here are a couple of video that were produced with my imagery. Enjoy-
My business includes all things photography related and I LOVE the variety. I'm super proud to have such bug name clients like Lakeside Shopping, Marriott, BBC Destination Management, Gambino's, Microsoft, New Orleans Saints and many many more. Every day I put the camera in my hands I am ready to give 1000% to each client in front of me. Nothing is sweater than that cute newborn baby in our studio yet driving downtown and seeing your work on billboards is way cool as well.
I think the best song that sums up who I am as a person and a businessman is Tim McGraw's "Stay Humble and Kind!" I get teared up every time I hear that song because it's true to the core.
This little lady is 16 years young. She has been dancing for 12 years and her future as a dancer is bright. It's the old saying..."If it was easy everyone would do it!" Well nothing would be special either if everyone could do your talent. Our human platform is built around actions and reactions. As technology has made our lives easier it has also made us lazier. Those of us who put in the painful hours from beginner tragic to inspirational artist all have one thing in common...HARD WORK! Now natural talent does exist but every bar can and will be raised by you or someone else. My question to you is simple. Will you be the one who raises the bar today?
So many images to share with this beautiful wedding! I'll let the images do the speaking instead of me boring you with my words. Moments happen and we take the picture...being able to SEE the moments happening has become a true gift for me as a photographer.
Both moms were fluffing the gown....click!
First look emotions are always gems to capture.
I have photographed this area for over 23 years and THIS IMAGE WAS A FIRST! I always tell other photographers to Shoot Like A Tourist and appreciate ALL of your surroundings!
SERIOUSLY......this light though?!
The Boogie Men really know how to keep a party dancing!!!
I'm so proud of all the guest who lined up and actually did as I asked when throwing the confetti, because this image is priceless!
This is why I love my weddings. I love being able to use all of my creative knowledge and attack the scenes in front of me, so I can give my brides and grooms the ending results they deserve. I work very hard at my job and I cannot tell you the satisfaction I get when my clients are thrilled with their images. One day I'll be gone and my work left behind will always represent who I am as an artist.
Many years ago when digital was new I used to be on a popular photography forum. It was awesome because we all had a place to go to and share thoughts and ideas for our photography industry. We were all talking about how sooner or later everyone will be a photographer. I asked the question "When everyone in the world is a photographer how will you separate yourself from everyone else?" Well that thread went cold very fast. People didn't even bother answering the question. I figured at first, man I guess people don't take me seriously. Well fast forward to today and my question still holds true!
Ever since Facebook started to have "Business" pages without asking for an actual license, everyone in the world suddenly became a pro photographer. Facebook was flooded with people just picking up a camera for the first time and starting a business page. Now I would love to speak with Mark Zuckerberg and let him know the one flaw with Facebook which hurts small businesses, but I have to stop and eat my own words!
Literally everyone in the world was becoming my competition. Thats weird?
It's very easy to blame everything around you for business changing but the truth is you need to change with it!!!!! I grew up on computers so I had an advantage other older businesses didn't have. I knew I needed to do more in order to separate from everyone else. When Elizabeth and I took a look from the outside in to our business, it was obvious where we needed to separate.
Ask Yourself These 10 Questions:
1) How does your client explain your style?
2) What are you doing that makes your clients want to scream from the rooftops about how great you are?
3) Does your quality match your asking price?
4) Where would you like your business to be in 10 years?
5) Are you using Social Media for it's value for your business?
6) What is your brand?
7) What is your marketing budget for the year?
8) Are you attracting the right kind of clients that compliment your brand?
9) Do you work SEO through your Blog or Website?
10) What 3 things can I do right now that will make a difference in my business?
I'll be creating YouTube videos on each of these 10 questions and how Elizabeth and I fine tuned our business for the top notch brand it is now.
The best way for me to explain Shelby and Jonathan to you is to just show you the images! :)
I love it when a guy is cool enough to have his Iphone in his pocket playing music they can dance to. The movement these two gave me was inspiring. When I don't have to pose every single frame I get the chance to allow moments to happen. I like to nudge the couple to have fun and be the "Couple" they are for their engagement session. I know many people aren't comfortable in front of the camera because their expectations of themselves are so high but not sure if they can deliver. I always take the approach of spying on you as if you were on a date or just taking a stroll.
Shelby and Jonathan have that fun delightful spark you like seeing in a happy couple. I think we laughed together more than we tried posing certain ways. A woman smiles and grins a certain way when her man is whispering in her ear, holding her waist or simply looking into her eyes. These are the aspects I like to showcase in my wedding photography, not a pose or a lighting feature...I want my clients to show me the love. The following images are just a few of my favs. I'm working on a video to better showcase how I do...what I do for my You tube channel.
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
"Photography is my life!"
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