Recent Portraits February to May 2016 / by Zack Smith

ITS TIME FOR NEW PORTRAITS!!! - John "Papa" Gros on location in Arabi, LA 2016

My most creative spirit comes alive when photographing a portrait. When I make portraits, everything I have learned about language, communication, light, lenses, and life come together in the click of a shutter. I feel it is with portrait photography that my storytelling talents come out and my true purpose on this earth for my time on it, is realized. I love what I do, make no apologies for the results, and learn about myself both bad and good in those moments of truth.

I hope you enjoy this series of portraits, and I would like to note that since moving out to St. Bernard Parish I have been using it's wonderful locations for most of these portraits. Enjoy my new inspiring surroundings!

All Images ©Zack Smith Photography 2016. No images on this blog may be used without permission from Zack Smith.

Please enjoy some new portraits from the last few months of 2016. 

Seth Walker, 2016. Musician Seth Walker shot on location at Los Islenos, St. Bernard, LA.
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Check the before and after! The final layout for the album just came in and shows the beautiful bar at Los Islenos in all it's withered glory...This is the second photo shoot I have done for musician Seth Walker. I enjoy working with Seth because he always has a different vibe in mind for each record we are producing images for. I often find it a challenge because he looks to me to help with the locations and help with the vibe - but I love challenges. I really dig Seth's passion for music and the craft of songwriting. His laid back nature makes him easy to work with and he's not afraid to smile for the camera. We did this shoot at my home studio and the wonderful Los Islenos Cultural Center in St. Bernard, Louisiana.

Luke Winslow King, 2016. Shot on Location at the Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette, LA.
Luke Winslow King, 2016. Shot on Location at the Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette, LA.
Luke Winslow King, 2016. Shot on Location at the Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette, LA.

I have been working with musician Luke Winslow King for quite a few years now. I have always respected the vision he has for what he does. Luke has always been very specific about the look and feel of our shoots and I respect him for that as well. I have enjoyed being able to realize my client's vision with the new landscapes that surround me in St. Bernard Parish. There are so many and I feel I am only scratching the surface.

Backstage Portrait of "The Women" a recent play performed in Gretna, LA 2016

Backstage Portrait of "The Women" a recent play performed in Gretna, LA 2016

I was recently hired by the magazine CHANCE, to document a recent play and performance staged out in Gretna called "The Women". My job was not to shoot the performance itself, but the women, moments, and energy around it. The print publication will showcase more of these images but I wanted to share some more informal, and staged versions of what I consider portraits as well.

John "Papa" Gros, 2016. Photographed on location in Arabi, LA.
John "Papa" Gros, 2016. Photographed on location in Arabi, LA.
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I recently worked with John "Papa" Gros on promotional photography for his upcoming solo record. I have always been a big fan of Papa Gros music and kind natured sensibilities. John is one of the nicest and most welcoming people I know, and I was especially honored a few years back to photograph his wedding. John had clear ideas on wardrobe, vibe, and what energy to bring to the shoot. I was happy that he decided on a location I found in Arabi, LA. 

Brian Haas, New Orleans 2016. 

Brian Haas, New Orleans 2016. 

Brian Haas, New Orleans 2016

Brian Haas, New Orleans 2016

Pianist Brian Hass and I have been friends since the day we met back in 2000. I had just moved to New Orleans and at the urging of my cousin, I went to photograph a band I had never heard of: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. From that moment on, a relationship of mutual respect was formed and I have been photographing Brian in some way, shape, or form ever since. Being able to hang out with Brian during this years Jazz Fest was a welcomed respite from the alternative of shooting the festival itself. I was able to create unique collaborative images with an old friend.

A Bass player for the Tulane Marching Band is silhouetted at the WWII Museum.

A Bass player for the Tulane Marching Band is silhouetted at the WWII Museum.

German B3 player, Matthias Bublath on location in New Orleans, LA. 2016

German B3 player, Matthias Bublath on location in New Orleans, LA. 2016