For all the men out there, getting ready to turn 25 years married, what are your plans to celebrate? Jim called me with his plans to surprise his lovely wife with a private dinner hosted by my friends at Marche'. The importance of this venue is what is used to be when the couple first connected 25 years ago. Marche' is located in downtown New Orleans in the French Quarter. It used to be a restaurant called Bellaluna's. The single table resting in the beautiful ballroom accompanied by two hired orchestra musicians awaited the couple upon their arrival.
My job was to get his lovely wife's expression when she entered the ballroom. I decided to put a GoPro camera in a flower basket outside on the balcony to get them walking into the front door of Marche. I also put a Canon G7X Mark2 on a tripod aimed at the elevator for when they exited and turned to walk towards the ballroom. I placed myself in the ballroom and waited for the magic to happen.
His lovely bride of 25 years was practically in tears of joy as Jim's private dinner design was being unveiled. My job is often stressful when you understand the magnitude of the event happening in front of you. I have learned of the years to create less stress by simply being more prepared in your delivery of coverage. I delivered Jim his video coverage and still images and this was his response...
"Wow. You knocked it out of the park. A Grand Slam!" - Jim
Absolutely nothing is more important to me than my clients LOVING their final product I deliver. The following are some images taken but the video is a private moment for the couple, so I won't display it to the world. I guess you'll just have to trust me...it's awesome!!! :)
After one year of live events being cancelled in New Orleans, we finally had a wedding that could celebrate in the street! Well, at least that's what I told the bridal party...go in the street and take it over like ya mean it. HAHA! It was truly a sight to be seen because all of the cars instead of honking our of frustration , they got out their cars and took pictures with their phones. You can see one right behind the bridal party. EVERYONE IN NEW ORLEANS IS READY FOR MOVING FORWARD!!!
Photographers chase the light wherever it falls for painting the subject in front of them. Light sets the mood of the image as well as shape and contour. I always like the end of the day light for my outdoor portraits of a beautiful bride. Yes, I can work in harsher sun and add off camera flash but why???
The multiple aspects of this image that work so well is the light, color, movement and composition. These rules of portrait order will come to you like second nature the more you work with your camera. This image was one of those moments you wish would happen but never does at your command. The wind blew gently from left to right and created the movement of the veil while adding emotion to the posed image. I love real! I always like to push for movement in my images, but when God gives you the moment it's PERFECT.
It's always an honor to be recognized for your hard work and dedication to the highest level of customer service we can offer our clients! Thank you again to "Expertise" for recognizing the hard work Elizabeth and I deal with our wedding clientele. We look forward to working with our beautiful brides this year!
It is Y O U R wedding so make the best of every moment!!! I was so happy to see Nadia and her balloon setup in her moms room. Designing something simple like this gives you a break from the wedding day nerves and allows you to have fun! Besides, it's the best way to create something different than your friends weddings. I find anything unique you add to your decor makes it YOUR wedding. Give yourself permission to have fun like the little girl you once were. Having a youthful heart will always look beautiful in your wedding imagery.
Just like designing your house, the same rules apply to designing your family portrait. An interior designer will look at your living space and find a consistent color tone that works the best. Sometimes You can take a throw pillow and find a single color that you can match for your drapery in your room. That subtle way of tying in colors Is what gives you that rich beautiful custom design look and feel. The outfits you select for your family portrait is the exact same thing!
This is Bonnie and Anil's beautiful family. As I was taking these beautiful pictures I was noticing where all the colors were being tied into and from. Consider Bonnie's skirt as that throw pillow in your living room sofa. She was able to take colors And build a design that truly stands out yet is subtle enough to be tied together. Look at dad's suit and colors and the little man. Look how Anil's shirt color is a specific color In Bonnie's dress. Then notice the ties the boys are wearing with the same color yet different textures. Look at the little girls and find their colors in Bonnie's dress as well. One of the most important things to consider with your outfit is your shoes. Your eyes read an image from left to right and top to bottom so consider your outfit selections accordingly.
I always tell people To dress according to the wall you would like to hang your portrait on. If you would like a casual family portrait in your game room then do as you wish and have fun. If you would like to display your family in your Sundays best...Well, just follow the direction of the Ust family portrait above. :)
I look forward to helping you create the perfect most beautiful family portrait for your home. Give me a call and we can get started today 504-957-8412
Well 2020 is bitter sweet for many reasons but for me going into the Christmas holiday season we are not having Santa visit the studio this year. Covid is the main reason and our normal Santa of 18 years has decided to retire. As much as he cannot be replaced I have searched for other centers for 2020 but the Covid virus is a major factor this year. It just makes sense to skip this year for everyone's safety.
Since we are in our new studio location we also have a new set design by my good friend, Eric Fredricks of Bee's weddings and events. He is the florist / Artist I share the new location with. Click the following link for the signup page and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!
I love to travel and experience other cities for what they offer but I always miss the scenic opportunities New Orleans has on every corner. We have a variety of everything here like, colors, textures and a vibe you simply cannot escape. The people here are friendly and supportive to our visitors. We want you to enjoy our food, music and love for celebrating life itself.
When I go downtown to take pictures of my clients, we have all the above infused into our session. It's hard to NOT be in a good mood with the brass bands playing, cajun cuisine cooking, people dancing in the streets...and all of this is DURING THE WEEK! hahahaha. I love it!
This image was taken a bunch of years back when I taught at a seminar called "After Dark". These were the best times of my teaching life. Dave Junion, the creator of After Dark, was simply awesome. He took an idea we all talked about learning photography in a new way, and made it happen. I love to teach and After Dark was my favorite experience of all time.
This image was a long exposed image enhanced with 2 flash pops on each model as I ran around the Lotus within 30 seconds of the shutter being open. The point is learn! Learn as much as you can in the most unique ways you can. If you only copy what you see from others you'll never step in the front to lead. Dave knew how to make things happen and that was also one of my greatest take aways from this seminar. Ideas are great but proper execution is genious. :)
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