Here in New Orleans our wedding events are much quicker in pace thank around the country. We do not have sit down dinners so we go from church, group portraits then first dance at the reception. The amount of work we do within the timeframe is very impressive actually. I have realized that time management is all about your communication skills with your clients. If you are bored with your own workflow CHANGE IT UP! Ask your bride for opportunities to be creative by scheduling the wedding day itinerary in your favor. Nothing will ever change until you make it happen.
Whether they have a wedding planner or not, your voice is everything. Communication with your bride for your creative ideas is EVERYTHING!
Our last wedding was incredible at the hotel getting ready because we were ahead of schedule. I know this seems like a simple example but was a much bigger deal to me. Usually when I get to the hotel the girls are not completely done with makeup, the bride, mom and mother in law are still needing last minute touch ups. This is all time I'm waiting instead of creating. On this wedding the makeup was completely done! The girls were in their long shirts with monogramed initials and I had my total time to create. They were ready to rock! After we did the fun shot on the bed with her girls we had some time to kill before getting in their dresses.
I always wanted to create some modeling shots with the girls but when time isn't allowed those types of images never get created. I told the girls I wanted to take a quick shot of each of them and they can do their own pose. One at a time I had them by the wall with the beautiful natural light and my fast paced goodness. :) . I Was like...I'm gonna turn away from you and on three, I'm turning fast and taking the single picture of whatever you wanna give me. All the girls were laughing and shouting at each other for how to strike a pose...it was so much fun. :)
These quick images are only one example of what good communication with your client will do for your creativity! Gaining an extra 15 minutes on a New Orleans wedding is HUGE! Take advantage of your time and take charge with your creative needs.
I follow a channel called, yes theory. This channel is based on facing your challenges and doing it anyway. Even the famous Will Smith was impressed with their channel and did an amazing collaboration right before wills 50th birthday. Today was a simple video of them launching their podcast. Instead the video was about Aamir's Life changing experience. This video of theirs is the real reason why I love Youtube. As a photographer I capture your story but YouTube allows me to share mine as well as others on the YouTube experience.
This video link will remind you we are all human and we should be grateful for the life we have whether it's good or bad. The life you have in your many directions depending on the drive and passion and faith you have in your own life. SEE VIDEO
Take a quote from Amir that really hit me hard is… Hold on to why you want to be here!
If you have not found your own "WHY", yet you should start soul-searching now.
Well this was a very nice surprise tonight. I just open my email and saw I was selected top 19 of 112 wedding photographers in New Orleans for which they reviewed. This is my second time winning and it always feels good to be acknowledged for the hard work we do for our clients.
This new portrait of Judge Credo was taken in my new GK Studio Loft. I always appreciate the presence of excellence when it's noticeable and Judge Credo is the definition. Don't worry, he is human. He is a loving father, husband and friend to many. I'm very aware of your personality when you are in front of my lens and how we interact with each other, I wanted to create an image that shows his strength while not over showing his judgeship. The eyes always tell the complete story behind the image and this image says it all. It's Simple yet perfect for who he is as a human being.
I know when you see the image you just see a simple portrait. That's because you don't know him as a person. Now you do. :)
Elizabeth had a great idea for all of us to go to the studio and take a picture. I said, Let's just sit on the floor with the empty studio behind us. SOOOooooo much history is in that building. All the kids grew up knowing that was dad's studio. It was only fitting for this image to happen. I have been moving one truckload a day for almost every day in July and the time to turn the keys in. I realized it's not the building I was missing it was the memories created within it! These 4 humans in the photograph are my proudest achievements. The new studio will have its own legacy and I'm excited to live the moments that are waiting to be experienced. GK is now located at 608 Papworth Ave in Metairie. Besides the location...NOTHING ELSE HAS CHANGED! My number is my cell 504-957-8412. If you call the old studio number it is forwarded to my cell anyway. Like you, I love my family and it's the memories I love creating! Cheers to an awesome new path created. #GodIsGood #focusedwithgk #SimpleCleanBeautiful
Did he put a ring on it? Well now you can start selecting your vendors for your wedding. I always love working with my couples before the wedding because it gives us both a chance to see how we all gel. These are my rules:
1) dress nice so you can go to dinner after our session
2) Be Yourselves. My sessions are more like a stroll around the city as I capture the realness between you both. Yes, I will direct you so you'll look your best, but I'm mainly going for "Candid Real!"
3) Have fun. This is a wonderful time in your lives and I'm excited to be a part of it.
Call or text me if you would like more information about our wedding package options.
Yesterday was Father's day. I have now experienced Father's Day 18 times. My favorite gifts from the kids are the handwritten cards. Nothing represents the time in their life better than seeing their own handwriting or cute drawings as you try and figure out what it is they drew. :)
Being a father has been my greatest role to date. You leave your singlehood life when you get married. Nothing changes much besides living with someone 24/7. When the 1st child enters the world you tell yourself ...well this will change my life. No more "Me Time", no more "Hang with the boys", no more "Sleep on the couch" because I just feel like it, no more "Gaming on the Xbox"...that's it ...my life is now over.
After 18 years of being a father, I can easily say none of the above holds true. My "Me Time" is now time spent with kids and their activities, my "Hanging with the boys" are just 10-year-olds now instead of hanging in the bar with friends, my "Sleeping on the couch because I just want to", are now called "Daddy Sleepovers" as we stay up late watching the Mandalorian on Disney plus. As for me gaming on the Xbox, my son Jack can now beat me in every game we play.
Life did change. It is so much better than when it was "JUST ME" taking care of me. Life is full of more responsibility for other souls and I can't get enough of it all!
I pray for these kids to have a future living all of the life I tell them that is possible. My kids do NOT know hate, they don't understand this racial division, they only know how to be a positive force in the room. I'm creating leaders, not followers. I guess you can say being a father is my greatest legacy.
Cheers to fathers who are creating the new army of positive, loving humans for the future.
"We Got This!"
I'm sitting here watching a Garth Brooks documentary and he just said something that moved me enough to grab the computer and start writing this blog. While talking about becoming a father and watching your kids grow up, he said we all have those inner demons...don't let those OUT! Go to war with those everyday. We all have that inner glory...FEED IT!
Show your kids that inner glory EVERYDAY!!!
I'm sure you reading this can relate. I know for a fact that every single day you make choices both big and small. I'm here to tell you the small decisions are probably the most important. I love showing my kids the best sides of myself and the best side of what life can really be.
I'm a photographer who loves the romantic aspirations of what I believe life really is. I have seen AMAZING within people and I have seen SHAME I never want in my life.
Fight your demons. Feed the glory. Share it with the world.
My beautiful Julia turns 18 today. I don't remember being 18 that much. I do remember wanting to be 21 but that's about it. 18 is the age you can fight for your country but you cannot drink a beer. You are still living at home yet your parents cannot see your medical records anymore. You are so excited to be an adult yet you still feel like a child. hahaha
All of these things are valid. Each instance has a defining factor in a young person's life. The truth is life has no defining path for success or failure. You can accomplish either by making different decisions for your life. Nobody has the formula and that is truly the toughest part of life's experiences. You are meant to create a life for yourself and share the stories later in life fr others to learn from.
My Julia has been full of life since the day she was born. She had to enter this world 5 months early and party in the NICU with the nurses.
Her first 18 years of life have been exciting to say the least. I love how much she consumes life through her love for theater, music, dance, art and her love for productions. She loves the process and honestly that is such an important factor in life. It is a process. Even though she is my oldest and most duplicated version of myself, she is very different in many ways.
One - she is a girl. I am a boy. heheheheh
She can sing. I cannot.
She can dance. They say I cannot.
She has her whole life ahead of her. I hope I do to.
The list goes on and on whether it's in a humorous or not. She is my daughter. She is an amazing soul and her life will be as well. Whatever her journey will become I'm all in!!!
Her life is not mine but being in her life as her father is my journey. I will always protect. I will always support. I will always love her for the JULIA she is. My Julia. :) .
happy 18th birthday julia!
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