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by, George Kuchler
Julia and Mark have been a cute couple for many years and their wedding day showed the world their bond. Ok, I know that sounds sappy, but seriously that are fun, beautiful, down to Earth and just one heck of a family. I was so excited to capture their wedding because I just knew it would be a blast. When you have the Bucktown Allstars as your band YOU WILL NOT LEAVE THE DANCE FLOOR!!!
If you have an event at Marche', you'll be speaking with my friend Stephanie. She and her staff create a fantastic downtown New Orleans experience for you and your guest. This bride's name is Julia. It has a tad bit of irony that my oldest daughter is named Julia so I had times of pretending my Julia was the bride in front of me. Both girls are beautiful brunettes with smiles that illuminate a room.
When Julia wanted her bridal portraits at Marche' I was soooo excited. I always LOVE working at Marche' with Stephanie. The main ballroom has the most amazing window light coming in from all sides. I have been sitting on these images for a little bit because you cannot show off bridal images before the wedding, so as you can imagine I'm super excited to hit the POST NOW button. Enjoy!
My hashtag is #SimpleCleanBeautiful and these images are the best representation of my style. I love simple posing that looks natural with background selections that compliment my subject and enhance the mood I'm capturing.
I love using items within the setting to give me depth of field or mood for the image. The following image was captured by closing the doors just enough to shoot through the crack of the doors which framed Julia.
The next 2 images are the perfect example of exposing for the sky compared to exposing for your subject. Notice how image 1) shows the golden sun putting Julia into shadow while illuminating her profile perfectly. Image 2) shows Julia exposed for full detail while allowing the sky to NOT be the subject matter, yet still complimenting her profile perfectly.
If you are on the fence about having a bridal session you should remember these images could be you if I'm your photographer. (shameless plug) :)
I dropped to the floor to get a lower angle and this image happened! I think I barely had the camera up to my face when I snapped the image. If you as the photographer are in the moment with your clients, you'll find yourself capturing images like these. To a seasoned pro photographer you may just think this a decent snap shot. I happen to think it's glorious because being non-perfect is what allows me to capture the movement in front of me. Would I enter this in PPA print competition....NO. Do I think the bride and her sister will always remember that feeling when the image happened...ABSOLUTELY!
Tyler and Andre had a spectacular wedding reception at the Audubon Tea Room. Tyler had family from all over the world at her reception including Belize! I always love seeing so many family and friends celebrating the union of 2 people. OK, the delicious drinks and partying DJ providing the ones and twos helped a tad as well. :)
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This is Angela. Angela was a high school senior years ago and now she is a beautiful bride. Angela married Pat last night and I'm still high with energy from the party! I'm finally able to show off her bridal portraits now the wedding has passed.
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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.
Michelle had one beautiful bridal session I cannot wait to share today! Whenever I go to the venue, Race and Religious, I always know my content will be creative and unique. I always like it when I go to a venue that I've been in there hundreds of times before and yet the client in front of me gives me imagery that I have never captured before. When you go to places you've been to so many times you truly have to train your eye to see like a tourist. What I mean by this is if you are new to an area you may recognize things in different areas that the locals may be overlooking. It's so easy to get comfortable and photograph the same way in the same place with the same poses that is absolutely not who I am as a photo graphic artist. My clients have the biggest smiles when they see how excited I get over imagery I'm super proud of creating with them. You need to go I knew would race and religious would offer me I was excited to see the results that Michelle and I conquered.
Now I say conquered because we both had an idea of what we wanted but how the session actually evolved could not have been planned.
For me, a bridal session is not just a handful of pictures of the bride and her dress. I am always seen this session to be a trial run of the wedding day. Can she sit in her dress? Can she bend in her dress? Does everything fit correctly or does anything need to be hemmed or let out? You would be surprised how many brides change their mind on their trial run of make up, hair style, and even the dress will be altered in someway due to what happened during our portrait session. The one thing I always tell my brides Is how stress free it is on your wedding day when these things that are brought to your attention about your dress or handled prior to your wedding day. Can you imagine getting a new dress for the first time, your make up, and your hair styled and you aren't 100% thrilled?? I cannot stand stress and I have learned over my career that most stress is self inflicted. You've always heard about how to be prepared but do we actually do it?
So for every bride who is thinking about whether or not they want to do a bridal session please keep the above in mind. The wedding day is in constant motion and stopping to adjust or fix something renders it self into the negative experience which I do not want you to haveSo for every bride who is thinking about whether or not they want to do a bridal session please keep the above in mind. The wedding day is in constant motion and stopping to adjust or fix something renders it self into the negative experience which I do not want you to have!
Michele and Christopher got married last weekend and I cannot wait to show off images from their wedding soon. Michele's bridal session has been sitting in this post and waiting to be published and I am so excited to hit the button. To see more of her bridal session click here!
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.
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
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