Marching Forth - 1st Mardi Gras away / by Zack Smith

This was my first Mardi Gras away from New Orleans since I moved here in 2000...it comes at a time of great change and upheaval in my life - but all good. 

In the days before I left I finished up shoots with local metal band, Crowbar, for promo on their new record before the headed out for a UK tour. On Friday I did a quick and slick shoot w New Orleans roots rockers The Iguanas before I headed out to Florida.

I really got to relax for a few days with Helen:

As we just chilled all weekend, cooking and taking photos of the sunset and an abandoned motel...more on that later. Now with the days upon my arrival I have gotten the call again from Swedish magazine, SONIC, for another photo spread, this time of 3D Na'tee and Big Freedia. I am pumped to work w these rappers... And all the recent notoriety of bounce and sissy rap I have not gotten the opportunity to work directly with one of these artists until this week..

Also right in the middle of these two shoots, I am shooting a huge food shoot at my studio on Thursday.... You just can't beat the diversity of being a freelance photographer in New Orleans, Louisiana photographing people and whatever comes your way...as long as you can keep the creative part of you clicking everything else works out. Oh, and if you're wondering what Crowbar looks like?

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