my Photographic Journey in
by, George Kuchler
I had the privilege for the first time in my life riding on an air boat while taking pictures for a company enjoying the New Orleans Air boat Tours. I have seen the boats before but was never an acting participant. The morning was cool with a crisp breeze and the sun was ready to light up the horizon for us. The best part of the tour isn't the alligators, the pelicans flying overhead nor the bayou water itself...it's the people. I was talking with the captains who drive these boats and these guys all grew up in the area preserving the wetlands as if it was their own. I guess it is actually theirs because it is a huge part of their life. This little homegrown business is not sponsored by any super large companies that help them do what they do. They give back to the area because they always have. This is how they were raised.
While we were driving the air boat back to the pier, the captain was telling me how they have cypress trees getting ready to be planted. They also pay attention to the area making sure nothing is obstructing the natural habitat of the wetlands itself. This tour isn't just a fun boat ride, it's a learning experience on it's culture. These people love being just far enough away from the city to enjoy the simpleness are beautiful wetlands have to offer. They fish, crab, hunt and preserve everything in the area. I guess you can say your tour is more like the locals showing off their BACKYARD!
Make sure to check these guys out if you are a local or a visitor because it's an experience you should do while in New Orleans.
This is Courtney and Jimmy. Courtney is a past high school senior of mine that is now getting ready to be a beautiful bride. Courtney's dad works at Storyland in city park New Orleans. Growing up in New Orleans it was a Big deal as a child to come to Storyland and enjoy all of the rides on the beautiful park itself. In the image above, the ladybug side, it's foundation has been updated But the original roller coaster cart is that the side for this adorable photo. Every city has its history in New Orleans is no different. When you Courtney told me She wanted to do her engagement session in Storyland I couldn't help but be excited. My own history coming here as a child Sparks so many memories including the new ones I'm creating with my own children.
One of the things I enjoy the most about my job is how I get to experience every ounce of the world around me. You can see in the image above how playful Courtney and Jimmy are together and that makes me so excited for their wedding day.
When you visit New Orleans remember to visit as many things us locals enjoy on a daily basis. Visit City Park, Storyland.
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.
Nothing is sweeter than a smile from a young child! All the innocence and excitement of life is at their fingertips. These boys just melted my soul . The following image is in the beginning of the session when all spirits were high. The below image was reality shortly after. :) heheheheh
What I love most about the candid image is how REAL it is. As a parent you know these moments are more than you think. I am so excited mom got this image for their bedroom. She loves the reality of the image just as much as I do. I am honored to be anyone's family photographer and the Bergers are no exception. I am always proud to have clients that love What I do, How I do it and most importantly Why. If you are included in the GK family then you understand what I mean. :)
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.
Second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana. The "main line" or "first line" is the main section of the parade, or the members of the actual club with the parading permit as well as the brass band. Those who follow the band just to enjoy the music are called the "second line." The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body."
New Orleans is known for our "Second Line" parades in the streets! These parades are simply unforgettable for you and your guest as we celebrate life. No where else in the country does such a thing exist! These images are from my wedding this past weekend and I wanted to share the experience Allison and Ken had at their wedding. In the above image, we are crossing Poydras in a main intersection where the police is blocking traffic for us! The below image is at the end of the route where Allison and Ken embraced each other as all of their friends and family cheered them on. We paraded from The Chicory all the way to their hotel several blocks away. Talk about ending your night on a high note! :)
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For years I have been photographing high school seniors the way THEY want to be photographed. My seniors want to have fun while changing clothes several times, so they have many images to share with friends and family. Lets face it...high school is only 4 years then you are off to college. The next time I'll see you is for your wedding. :) I always take care of my seniors when they come back as a bride or groom!
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!
"Photography is my life!"
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