New Orleans Born and Raised
Well it's that time again when the carnival crews have their balls and present the tableau to the members. The theme they select is very important because it is their theme for the year. All of the Mardi Gras floats will be designed around this theme as well. The costumes, the decor and the throws will be designed around their theme.
When the king and queen are presented it's a standing ovation for the entire room for the respect of their leaders. Even though Mardi Gras is a ton of fun and we have parties to celebrate every aspect, we take our carnival clubs pretty seriously. Generation after generation we celebrate the traditions passed down to us without ever losing the integrity of how the carnival crew was found.
The next time you are screaming..."Hey throw me something Mr.!!!", pay attention to their theme and all of it's glory. Catch those beads and take home a small piece of history for which the crew presented to you.
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.
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"???
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