When you are starting out in any creative field, you'll have inspirations of where you would love to rise to in your career. I have always inspired to see my photography on magazine covers, billboards, product containers, etc. Basically, I wanted to see if I could become good enough to accomplish these things. It's the same difference as a band wanting to be signed and hearing their songs on the radio. I always wanted that "One Hit Wonder!"
Over my 27 year career I have accomplished many of my wishes. Food photography will humble you because it's much more difficult than it looks. It's very technical, all about composition and lighting and requires lots of patience. HA!
When Cajunland Seasoning contacted me for some food and product photography, I was excited to create with them.
The most humbling part of the job is the completed product. Seeing my photography on seasoning containers is an awesome feeling that brings me back to my early day wishes. You have to stop and remember these containers will be in many stores, grocery stores and thousands of homes. Ironically, just like being the drummer in a band with a hit song yet nobody knows my name, the same goes for all of these products. I'll be everywhere yet nobody will know it's me on the product they purchased. It's funny how life has a way of staying true to your mold.
I love playing drums and being a part of something that sounds great together for everyone to enjoy. The same thing goes for my photography. I love being a part of the marketing for a business that has great success which at the end of the day is a complete reflection of me and my photography.
This is what food photography truly means to me. It's not the arrogance of getting my work published..it's about being part of a team that comes together in a professional manor for the greater good of the client.
I cannot wait to work with you soon. :)
As a food photographer I always enjoy getting inspired by other photographer's artwork. I recently watched a Youtube video of someone showing how they took a sandwich and captured each layer in mid air! Too cool. I was hooked on doing this myself for future clients if requested. Yesterday I decided it was the day to do this personal project of mine. I thought about which food would be good to capture and I landed on PIZZA.
I captured each ingredient individually on a black background, then combined the ingredients together via Photoshop. See below for the behind the scenes. You should take time for yourself for personal projects because not only will it keep you fresh but prepare yourself for future endeavors.
It's near impossible for me to type out the steps for the Photoshop procedure so please watch the video below for my behind the scenes of the pizza photoshoot.
I have always stated "I have the best clients" and once again I am blessed. When you start a business, you can only dream of the days where your past clients are constantly referring you and future business evolves from it. This wedding was exactly that. Colleen and Mark are two fabulous people that are a pleasure to hang around yet take their pictures on such a beautiful day as their wedding. I have photographed her family before with her sister's wedding just a few years ago, so you can imagine how happy I was to continue photographing their family.
I love down to Earth, fun, beautiful people in front of my camera. Mark ordered some Custom Vans with colors representing University of Michigan which made his attire pop with color! Colleen was calm and relaxed all morning which truly set the tone for the rest of her wedding experience. Her wedding dress truly showcased her beautiful smile and the room felt brighter when she entered it! The following images are a few of my favs which I had to share. Day weddings allow me to use gorgeous sunlight from all angles and keep the simplicity of the day cohesive.
I have been photographing weddings in New Orleans for over 27 years. The couples that keep it simple and enjoy the French Quarter for all that it is, seem to represent the feeling of the city. If you have been downtown and walked around Royal street you'll notice the relaxed beauty of the architecture, amazing art for sale, walk in bars for a refreshing drink, and most importantly the kind people who just want you to enjoy our city. Writers from the past have written stories about the New Orleans French Quarter because it just sets the tone for whatever attitude you want to live.
These images are from Karin and Ed's French Quarter wedding. The special courtyard wedding was small yet powerful! Their friends and family flew in from all over the country to celebrate these two beautiful people.
When I work a wedding it is sooooooooo important to have like minded people working together because the cohesive professionalism truly shines when the itinerary stays on time!
I know what you are thinking..."The Itinerary GK???" HA!
When an excellent wedding planner calls me to help create the day's timeline, we make sure everything the bride wants to accomplish gets done in a "TRUE" timely fashion. Only experience can help you prepare and execute your plans and backup plans.
Karin and Ed hired Rachel Held with Confetti and Company.
I have worked with a ton of wedding planners and I truly have to say, Rachel & Jenna made the wedding fun and easy. They both helped everyone enjoy the day while crushing the list of things to do on the itinerary. The list by the way is usually a few pages long so YES, it is important to get the list done in a timely manor. Nothing is more stressful than seeing that huge list and falling behind on time which just makes it harder getting everything on the list done! I hate stress and it's usually someone not doing their job correctly which just affects all the other vendors who are on time but now rushing with less time to work. ARGH! Can you feel my stress? :)
If you are looking for a team who smiles while they work, has excellent directive skills, and understands how to deliver a fabulous client experience on the wedding day...just call Rachel and tell her you got her info from me. I'm excited to work with her team again soon! My weddings would seriously be easier if she was your planner!
These images are a few of my favs. I have a few hundred images to process so off I go to get it done. Text me when you are ready to work together. 504-957-8412 - GK
OMG! I'm so exhausted of reading threads online from photographers who talk about digital noise with certain camera models while shooting a high ISO. I thought I would make a video explaining what digital noise is and how you get it and get rid of it. See below. :)
The best thing I did years ago to increase my creativity was to schedule a day where I drove around the city and got lost on purpose! I know what you are thinking..."HUH!?" When you are getting stale in your photography you must change it up by creating a new experience for yourself. This will in hand create a newer experience for your clients. We photographers are story tellers. If you don't write a new story, the next up and coming photographer will and you'll lose business. The experience has always been the gold medal to me. I don't believe in "THE BEST" phrase because I'm never satisfied with my own work. Being a creative soul is a state of mind, it's not a fact.
The above image was taken at our New Orleans Lakefront at sunset. The power of photography is being able to tell a story without knowing all the facts like true location, truthful weather conditions, etc. The bride, Jessica, has been a client/friend since she was a little girl. Instead of being super relaxed for her wedding I was the exact opposite. I had something to prove to her and myself, that she deserved the most creative version of me. I always work harder for people I know because I'm always proving my status.
Back to the image above. No Photoshop. One flash on a stand to the left, exposed for thr background while flash exposing for the subject. Off camera lighting 101. :)
While I'm sitting here editing my wedding images, I'm asking myself the question of "Which do I prefer for my raw file preset options?"
I ask you the same question in the comments. Which do you prefer and why?
Everyone has different likes and dislikes and digital allows us to be as unique as possible. Some people would say we can push the limits. I just think it's a personal preference thing. :)
1) GK- Fujifilm Retro
2) GK Zing
3) GK Teal
4) GK Magazine Matte
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