"While I was away..." My photography life during the production of My Louisiana Muse didn't just sit back and watch... / by Zack Smith

During the last month and half my time (and my life!) had been occupied by the My Louisiana Muse project, but that didn’t mean my commercial work had slowed down. In fact, I have never been busier with work that thankfully feeds the soul and challenges my abilities.

Stills I shot for Live Nation to promote their Bold Sphere Music Series at Champions Square. Getting to photograph the 610 Stompers is ALWAYS a trip...

Stills I shot for Live Nation to promote their Bold Sphere Music Series at Champions Square. Getting to photograph the 610 Stompers is ALWAYS a trip...

New Orleans Burlesque superstar Trixie Minx for the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square. 

New Orleans Burlesque superstar Trixie Minx for the Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square. 

I was looking forward to shooting the still photography campaign for the Bold Sphere Music series at Champions Square for Live Nation. There were 10 "local famous" folks to shoot from 8p-12am at the venue and everyone was eager to get started. You really do count your blessings when you get to photograph Trixie Minx, the 610 Stompers, chef Alon Shaya, Fleurty Girl and Demo Diva and it never feels like "work"...We even had a live band on stage rocking the entire shoot! Big shout out to the Cardinal Sons!

I got to document local artist "BMike" Brandan Odums (Project BE originator) as he constructed a beautiful mural in New Orleans East. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

I got to document local artist "BMike" Brandan Odums (Project BE originator) as he constructed a beautiful mural in New Orleans East. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

A still from "BMike" and his "Peace Wall" installation in New Orleans East. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

A still from "BMike" and his "Peace Wall" installation in New Orleans East. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

I photographed Bmike and his crew for 4 days in early September. His crew consisted of friends, family, and well wishers who came by to help paint base colors, play tracks from their new records, and just hang out to support. The wall turned out beautifully despite the midnight taggers and unrelenting rain and heat. Click HERE for more images from this shoot for RUSH Card and Laundry Service.

Press day unveil for the "Peace Wall" by local artist Brandan "Bmike" Odums. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

Press day unveil for the "Peace Wall" by local artist Brandan "Bmike" Odums. Client: RUSH Card/LaundryService

The pristinely renovated Orpheum Theatre on Opening Night, September 17th 2015. 

The pristinely renovated Orpheum Theatre on Opening Night, September 17th 2015. 

I was hired by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to document the evening concert at the Orpheum. This was their first time playing there since 2005 and Katrina.

I was hired by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to document the evening concert at the Orpheum. This was their first time playing there since 2005 and Katrina.

Words were hard to describe the feelings that night. People tried to explain their feelings and express the longing, joy, and comfort they had in being "home"...but when the music began the story became clear: The LPO was finally home.

Words were hard to describe the feelings that night. People tried to explain their feelings and express the longing, joy, and comfort they had in being "home"...but when the music began the story became clear: The LPO was finally home.

I was honored to have been there to shoot the opening night events, but was really proud to see the documentary I co-produced with Elephant Quilt Productions for the LPO's 25th Anniversary. You can watch it on my YOUTUBE Channel HERE.