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
Most recent Youtube Video
I hear many people who own Fuji cameras have a tough time with connecting to the app. The Fuji system is wonderful yet the APP is cumbersome. I made this video showing you how I connect my XT4 to the Fuji APP with success. I hope this helps someone!
Gotta love titles that just grabs your attention huh!? :)
I am always game for anything creative when it comes to your engagement session. I truly enjoy finding the one personal reference that only you both share. Whether you want to go to the location he proposed or you just want to create something unique and fun...I AM GAME!
My photography has always been about YOU not me. I celebrate your moments of joy and capture them in creative ways by showing you the best versions of yourselves. Your real smiles from a bad dad joke of mine will make my camera light up just like you! I think I love photography so much because the craft allows me to be as mushy as I want, daring as I want, creative as I want!
Yep. That's it!
Brazilian food is so fun to photograph for its complexity of flavors. When a chef Hires me to capture his or her food, I always try to deliver imagery that matches there food design. The good people at @quitutescuisinebar have a wonderful selection of Brazilian food in their menu, so capturing their food imagery was fun! I would definitely check them out for a delicious food experience. ??? *** All images are copyrighted GK Photography and not for personal use. You may share this post but not save the image for other accounts usage. Instagram and Facebook does NOT own this image without compensation and written consent by George Kuchler. ***
When I first fell in love with photography I was around 19 or 20 years old. That is when I picked up a camera and asked my friend Steve, hey can I borrow this? He said sure, you have to buy the film and pay for it to get developed. I was like hmmm......ok.
Back then when posters were a thing, I was always mezmorized at the lighting posters. How the photographer got the shot just blew my mind! I couldn't understand the process. Photoshop wasn't a thing back then so these posters are all real. Great photographers creating awesome work. THAT was my goal with photography.
I wanted to learn HOW to create awesome imagery like those posters I used to love.
I can easily say today I captured my bucket list image of lighting. I'm here at the beach with my family and I noticed heat lighting starting to happen. Then the first strike hit the water and I ran to get my camera and tripod. Time to go to work!
Staying focused on your dreams is constant work in action. If you don't take the action you don't see the results. The more you practice the more opportunities become noticeable. The more opportunities you have the better chance you have at greatness. First...you need to start!
Who knew it would take me 26 years to capture this kind of lightning I could be proud of.
I could have stayed in my chair on the balcony, staying relaxed on vacation, and simply watched the light show in the sky......I'm glad I took action.
Check out this image. Don't worry about the settings I had the camera set to. Just appreciate the aspects we all go for in photography. The sharpness is ridiculous, the light gracefully shows off the lace design in the dress while enhancing the girl's eyes with a twinkle while falling off their faces leaving a beautiful soft shadow that enhances their sweet jawlines.
Is this a candid image? Yes and No. I did direct them where to stand and asked them to look up at the dress. Them doing the directions is the candid part but good direction will always give me the results I really want.
To answer your question...YES.....this is how we think and see through the lens ALL OF THE TIME!!!!!
by the way...this is straight out of the camera...NO PHOTOSHOP!