New Orleans textures

I’m a sucker for shots like this. I always think I’ll layer them with something in Photoshop, and sometimes I do. When I look at them alone critically I tend to think there’s no real point to them, but what can I say…I just like them. Especially when shot with my 100mm/f2.8 macro lens which makes them dreeeeeamy.

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New Orleans Cafe/Gas Station

We stopped to get cold water at this strange little pizza place, which appeared to have a gas station next to it. I say “appeared” because upon closer inspection, the two were one and the same. Note: this is the place where you order your pizza, or buy your gas, depending on your needs.

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Shooting with a foggy lens

New Orleans is hot and humid – and all of the interiors are blissfully air conditioned. The downside of this is that a cooled lens taken outside quickly fogs up. The upside of that is that it kind of makes for cool photos. This happened to me once before in Hawaii, and I loved the effect then too!

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s rehearsal dinner portrait

The wedding rehearsal was the day before the wedding, so we did some shots at the house. I had something in mind for this: I’ve been saving this photo from Marie Claire for months, waiting for the opportunity to try this pose (or something like it) with a couple. This was my chance! In the house where we stayed, we had a nice big neutral sofa – ideal. We didn’t have a window behind it, or any way to arrange that – but oh well, i figured I could come up with something to make the wall interesting, and I[…]

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Ferry seats

We dashed onto a ferry across the Mississippi in New Orleans, just to see the city skyline from the water. The ferry ride took maybe ten minutes, we spent 30 on the other side of the river, rode back, and that was it.

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Ashley & Aaron’s wedding rehearsal portraits

The day before their wedding, Ashley and Aaron had their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. It was early in the day, so in the evening we still had enough daylight to shoot some portraits in our rental house in New Orleans. First I had them sit in a window seat in one of the living rooms in the house. Then we moved to a couple other locations – on the stairs where there was a dramatic overhead light (below left), and on the sofa in the same room (below right) where we set up for a final portrait. I’ll highlight that[…]

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s master wedding photo

**More about my engagement soon, I promise!** A couple of years ago, I saw the book Masters’ Guide to Wedding Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments and Lasting Impressions by Marcus Bell. I really can’t recommend that book enough; it made me think about wedding photography in a whole new way. It also made me subscribe to Marcus Bell’s blog, which is a constant source of inspiration. The thing I like best about his photography are the landscape-style master portraits he creates, and as soon as I saw the Abita Quail Farm, where Aaron and Ashley had their ceremony and reception, I[…]

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Ashley and Aaron’s wedding

It was amazing! The whole family came to New Orleans (Ashley’s home town), from all over the place – Hawaii, all over the US, and the UK (us!) and Sweden. We rented a couple of houses for the week – one for the “parents” and one for the “kids” – and there we 19 of us in the kids’ house. It was a huge, beautiful place – and I’ve been writing some other posts about it. Since we were all there, it was a great opportunity to shoot at the reception as well as the ceremony and prep. I hope[…]

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Porch swing

We rented a house in New Orleans so that all of the “kids” that were there for the wedding could stay together. My parents got their own place, and who could blame them? There were nineteen of us in the house – NINETEEN! It was huge but we were still tripping over each other – but not a single cross word was said. Maybe that was because the porch swing was so relaxing.

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