This morning I sit on the couch at 5:15 A.M. wondering about how this day is going to be. We are presently in the 3rd week of the COVID-19 virus lockdown and uncertainty is global. Literally I know people in Ireland that are also on lockdown as well. The black cloud hanging over all of us with no work, no income, no idea of when life will be back to normal. We have time with the family which is actually globally un heard of because EVERYONE IN THE WORLD shares the same opportunity.
That's right...I said opportunity! Life is normally moving so fast we complain about not having enough time for time with the family.
Usually either the summer or 2 weeks vacation somewhere in the year is the only planned time the entire family will spend together. We are all blessed with the recent 3 weeks and several weeks to come. Is it scary about the money thing? YEP. Are we concerned about how we will get out of this slump? YEP! You know what I love the most...how we are ALL in a shared situation that will forever be our legacy for the rest of my life and my children's lives.
As I am the only person awake in my house in the dark I decide to get coffee and find something on Netflix I can watch. I could have selected any documentary any action movie, yet I decide to watch the "Pixar Story" and THIS is what made me grab the laptop and start writing. I knew I Wanted to be motivated and hopefully find some inspiration. Yep...I got it!
All great stories seem to have a few things in common. The human defeat, the struggle and the success of how they made it all happen. The biggest aspect that made me start writing is the human aspect. When people believe in each other so many amazing never before seen things can happen!
Pixar went through many struggles with Disney and finding investors to believe in them and their mission to become a company nobody has ever seen before. These days computer animation is everywhere yet greatness still evolves.
The best phrases I've heard in this documentary are:
"Computers do not create...humans do."
"Stop looking at technology as a job replacer and start seeing it as your tool for creativity"
"Finding people who believes in working together create the magic we see"
This weird pandemic we are all experiencing is terrible, however the level of humanity I'm seeing all around the world is inspirational. People are inspirational when they take each others hands and lift each other up as one unit! My event industry here in New Orleans is doing just that. Everyone who is in the entertainment and service industry like myself are on Facebook groups helping each other rise above the dark cloud we are all in. I have never liked being a follower yet I love being the leader. The leader who helps others believe in themselves because I remember failure and the leader who takes the responsibility of leading the charge toward a positive lifestyle everyday. Today is the day I start that charge again. I had some days recently of letting go and feeling deflated but I guess I needed time to mourn the situation we are in. I am inspired to believe in the hashtag I created:
Together we RISE is much more than a phrase, it's the way to live.
Stay inspired. Stay Motivated. Stay Focused on your dreams!
Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today I feature my friends at John's Tuxedo. I have been knowing these guys for over 25 years. Their customer service, quality of products and fantastic business sense matched me to the core. It takes a lot of drive and perseverance for a small business to be successful these days. This is my legacy in New Orleans and my Youtube channel is the best way for me to deliver our message to the world. Enjoy the video and when you go to John's Tuxedos, tell them GK sent you.
Orpheus 2020 was so much fun. Especially since I was able to capture images I could share with you. My friends in the band, The Mixed Nuts, put on one heck of a show. The immense talent in this city is always a pleasure to be in the presence of. The following images are copyrighted George Kuchler/GK Photography
The hit of the evening was when Harry Connick Jr and Bryan Cranston gave us a performance to be remembered.
Today is the first video of many for my new series, "Wedding Wednesday!" I work with the best vendors in New Orleans and this series is my way of showing the world what me and my friends can create. If you are a shopping bride please notice the vendor links in the description below the video.
Anne Marie & Hayden are such an amazing couple. The way Hayden smiles at Anne Marie is a smile you'll never forget. People flew from all over the world to celebrate the unity of these two beautiful people. I am so lucky to have been their photographer. :)
Mardi Gras is right around the corner. New Orleans is a special place during Mardi Gras because everyone in the city has a chance to be together and celebrate life as one. This video is from a couple of years ago but the party atmosphere is all the same. ENJOY!
Hello friends. This morning I was driving to school with the girls and I was noticing how cool certain areas around town looked because of the mood it was showcasing. I think so many people are busy trying to find the light, they forget how important the shadows are to an image. Shadows give us shape, texture, mood and symmetry in an image. How you use the shadows will greatly define your image. We have a saying in the pro photog world...FLAT light is FAT light. When you take a picture of someones face with only the flash blasting them from the front, you produce an illusion of a wider looking face, hence "flat is fat". When you create proper shadows on a face you will define their jawline, facial features and they will look thinner.
On our Facebook group page we are posting images of images we like because of the shadows in the image. You should join us and explore the options way beyond just finding the light.
When you follow someone on Instagram you are only seeing the favs from an event posted. What abut the shots between the shots that are being posted? Well, I love candids because people are at their best when not posed. Capturing real life is truly My Thing! I hate posing but I'll direct when needed just to set the shot up. True candids are never directed by the photographer. Action and movement is always happening so snapping the shutter nat the right time will give you the best candids possible. I am always scouring the room for a possible moment to happen. I guess after so many years of watching life happen through the lens, I'm trained to snap the shot when something looks like it's about to happen. Here are a few of my favs that were never posted on my Instagram feed because these were the shots between the shots posted. :)
There is just something about New Orleans that is addictive. It's all about the experiences with the people here. We celebrate life and we want to celebrate it with everyone! Just the other day Mateo & Co., hosed a holiday vendor party. The party was fabulous because so many people I work with throughout the year was in one room. We celebrate life. This is MY New Orleans.
New Orleans has many unique venues available but there is one particular venue I am very fond of. Marche is a venue that is tucked away by the river with natural beauty, delicious food, and a view that guests always flock to see. My good friend Stephanie is who runs the show over there and she is by far the most efficient, hard working professional I love and trust. She always has your interest at heart and knows how to make your event happen! A venue is just a building that looks pretty. The humans that are involved with your event will give you the real success of your event.
I have created an experience with my business that is known all around New Orleans. It's the personal touch you can only get with me. Service is EVERYTHING!!!!!
I cannot stress this enough. The real reason why you hire certain people for your event is knowing the outcome in advance. When a company is paying 50,000 for the entire event, something as simple as the food, the photographer or the band can MAKE OR BREAK your event. The venue is just a building but the people you hire are what makes the event FABULOUS!
Marche' is a beautiful venue by the Mississippi river but Stephanie and her team is why I love working there. I'll have a new video on Marche' coming soon. You can view it on my Youtube channel "Focused with GK".
The beautiful hotel truly sets the mood for your 18 family and friends and me, to create beautiful images in a small amount of time. #SimpleCleanBeautiful
The old school upscale hotel always gives me many opportunities to capture beautiful images without going very far. I love a hotel that speaks to me with eye candy from the entrance to the roof top. This small reception allowed me to capture everyone there from a very candid point of view. I have always believed that images speak louder than words, so here are a few favs I pulled while looking over my raw files to develop. Who doesn't love a good candid black & white image huh? :)
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