This is Holly. Holly has the ambition to be a young model. Her sweet exterior gives her a look that she truly owns. I have always believed in capturing imagery that is age appropriate. If my model is 11 then she should look 11...NOT older! I guess it's the "DAD" in me but I encourage people to stay true to themselves. After all, nobody else in the world is YOU.
This is Sabrina. The amount of glowing energy in her pictures totally sums up who she is as a person! I have the pleasure of photographing her and her sister Caitlyn. I always get inspired by the outfits and the attitude people bring to the session. The day was glorious and the wind was just the right speed for movement in the images. The following are some images I just had to show off. All of these images are a great representation of who Sabrina is on the inside. Thank You Sabrina for allowing me to capture YOU. :)
Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Designs interviewed me for her blog recently and today the post is live HERE!
Kim and I recently worked together for a magazine style session which turned into a cover feature. Kim has the same fun loving high energy I do so, you can imagine the tone we set for our models and all the vendors involved. We enjoy celebrating life and the positive things that go with it all. Whenever I get the chance to work with Kim, I always know it's going to be a fun ride!
Check out our feature in the New Orleans Wedding Magazine!
This is Ainsley. She is as sweet of a person as she looks in the images. I always love it when my clients bring props or anything in general that applies to you and your personality. The more you bring to the table, the more genuine your imagery will be. The day was absolutely stunning as the golden sun painted the background for us to work in. Every outfit Ainsley wore was eye catching and trendy. This is always a plus because instantly you become a model. You don't need a ton of outfits just 3 or 4 that really showcase you and your style. Ainsley I Thank You for creating your senior casual experience with me. :)
Whenever I'm creating imagery with a client, I'm always looking for new ways to see something different in places I've been to a million times before. I love how training your eyes to "SEE" the world in different angles can help you also notice life in different perspectives as well. This image of Brooke was exciting for me because of it's location. This is the "Band Stand" in City Park. I have literally photographed this area a gazillion times over the last 22 years!
I was just telling a client how things happen for you on a photoshoot is will unlikely happen again for future clients. This image of Brooke had so many elements working for us. The golden tops of garden growth because of the time of the year, the end of the day golden sun peeking through the background, the gentle breeze that helped move her veil and of course my stunning model in a dress that looks like it was made just for her to wear.
When I decided to use the architecture as a way to frame Brooke I knew I needed one more thing to help make the image pop...foreground depth of filed! Meaning, I need something to help give the image go from 2d to 3d and the golden tops of the garden plants did the trick. As the wind blew her veil and the plants I knew I had to kneel down low so, the garden growth would help give me depth I was looking for. I love finding ways to get myself out of my own comfort zone so creativity can flow.
I have many more images of Brooke and Matts wedding to show off but, I have been waiting to post this image from her bridal session for almost a month now. Their wedding was so much fun last night! :)
I get so emotional when I read reviews like this one. I truly love my job because of the impact I have on giving it my all. Taking the time to write a review or send me a Thank You card means the world to me, you are NEVER wasting your time doing so. Thank You Dugas family.
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Mar 10, 2017
From the moment George walked into the room, I could feel the positive energy he radiates. Not only is he talented, which is obvious from the amazing photos, he's kind and we all loved him-bridesmaids, moms, grandmothers, and the bride. His other gift is time-management. He knows exactly how long it takes for everything so we didn't have to worry about getting to the church on time or whether he was getting enough pictures. He's very spontaneous but in an organized way. He captured the day of our daughter's wedding to perfection and I am so happy with our photo memories. Thanks to everyone at GK Photography!!
I had so much fun creating beautiful imagery with Joel and Adam. Nature was our friend on this session because the weather, the lighting, the trees, I mean everything seemed to be waiting for us to take it's picture along side my couple. This day was definitely meant to be as every image I snapped was better than the last. I truly cannot wait for their wedding because I feel like family already. I am so passionate about photographing weddings for people that love and respect each other. My job as a photographer is so much more fun and creative when the couple in front of me is just as fun as I am. :)
You know the hardest question I get these days is, "What do you specialize in?" I have spent many thousands of dollars of the last 2 decades on my continued education. I love what the camera can do when you know what to do with it! The basic knowledge of exposure, depth of field, color and composition makes my world rock! It's actually the only way I see life these days. I am constantly seeing a shot! I am also constantly aware of what is a good image and what will not be a good image before I even snap the shutter. This is from many years of shooting the wrong way and learning how to see the correct way. Interior images of rooms have always been one of my favorites to photograph.
The way you compose the image is SUCH A BIG DEAL!!! The lights in the room set the mood and the way you choose to expose your image will give you the depth you are looking for. For most it's boring stuff but to me everything is a challenge to make it look better than as it is. This is what I'm trained for. :)
I have been photographing Ross for over ten years and watching him grow as an artist has been fun. I have seen him on stage and behind my camera so many times, he feels like family! I always like to work with theater kids because I can be as artsy as I want because we are both on the same page. Ross was so fun to work with you can see the energy within his imagery.
Several months ago a handful of vendors got together to discus a photo shoot idea. Belinda with Blue Gardenia Events was our designer and event planner for the shoot. I love creating with fellow vendors that know how to put in the work to make an event spectacular. You may wonder why do we enjoy styled photo shoots? Truth is...if you show it you can sell it! Many brides may not have a clue of our capabilities so this is a fine way to show the world what New Orleans vendors are capable of creating. Diane with Fat Cat Flowers created this flower train that was truly inspiring to look at. When we put the flower train on the dress, we all stood in awe over it's beauty.
The following are the images I captured on film and submitted to Grey Likes Weddings for publication. Even though we all loved the photo shoot sooooooo much, we had to wait to share the images until being notified of it's release. Grey Likes Weddings picked up the styled shoot and the wait was worth it! Now we can all show off our hard work and let New Orleans talent stand loud and proud!
Watch the video for behind the scenes footage and ALL of the images submitted!
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. :)
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