Thursday, June 7
Thursday, June 7th - SYNOPSIS: 6:30am Pickups + Coffee At St. Roch / 7am French Quarter Walk / 10am Lafayette Cemetery #1 And Garden District Homes / 1pm LUNCH / 1pm Westwego Seafood Market / 2:30p Des Allemands Bayou Shoot / 4p - Break / 6:30pm Golden Hour Walk And 7:30 Dinner / 9pm Frenchmen St. Clubs And Live Music Shoot
DETAILS: We suggest you fly in Wednesday night, June 6th. If you live in New Orleans you can meet us at 6:30am at St. Roch Market 2381 St. Claude Avenue. We will have coffee and light snacks before heading out to the French Quarter to walk and photograph the architecture, music, and culture and engage in some candid portrait work. After the French Quarter we will drive down and photograph inside the hauntingly beautiful above ground cemetery and homes of Lafayette #1 in the Historic Garden District. We will eat lunch together in the Garden District then drive across the Mississippi River to visit the Westwego Seafood Market - the largest open air local seafood market in town. We will make a visit next to the sleepy bayou town of Des Allemands, a nice secret spot I found on a recent spelunking travel! I will drop you off at your rooms for a long break where you can download and backup your files, rest, do some editing before our 6:30 Golden Hour walk in the French Quarter into dinner. After dinner, you can opt for a trip back to your rooms or join us for a night walk on Frenchmen Street to do some night music and bar hopping photography in one of New Orleans' most lively neighborhoods.
Friday, June 8th
Friday, June 8th - SYNOPSIS: 9am Pickup And Coffee At St. Roch Market / 9:30 - 11:30am Guided Tour In The Historic Treme' Neighborhood / 12p Lunch / 3pm Little Freddie King Photo Shoot In The Bywater / 4pm -6pm BREAK / 6:30pm Golden Hour Photo Walk In The French Quarter / 8:30 Group Dinner + Image Reviews
DETAILS: After a 9am pickup we will have coffee and light snacks before heading out to the Historic Treme Neighborhood to walk and photograph it's architecture and engage in some candid portrait work. We will visit Treme's Petit Jazz Museum, The Backstreet Cultural Museum, and learn about the history and culture of this historic neighborhood. After the Treme walk we will lunch at Lil' Dizzy's and dine on some of best soul food in the Treme. After lunch we will have a private photography session from the King of the Blues in New Orleans - Little Freddie King. We will walk and photograph the Historic Bywater Neighborhood's colorful shotguns and eccentric bars and hot spots until our Golden Hour photo walk in the French Quarter. We will end the day in the French Quarter as we photograph the architecture and street life of one of the world's most unique neighborhoods as the sun sets and night takes over. We will close this full first day with a group dinner. Each participant will be driven back to their respective hotels.
Saturday, June 9th
Saturday, June 9th - SYNOPSIS: 8:30am Pickupds / 9am - 1p French Quarter Street Musicians Shoot / 1:30 LUNCH / 3:30pm Big Chief Juan Pardo Mardi Gras Indian Chief Photoshoot And Learning Session / 6p BREAK / 7:30 - Golden Hour Walk Faubourg Marigny / 8:30 Dinner + Image Reviews
DETAILS: We will start our day in Jackson Square where we will meet up with our first arranged portraits of the day with bonafide New Orleans music veterans Robert Smith and Rickey Paulin who have been a mainstay in the music scene in the clubs and in the streets. We will use the French Quarter as our background and the sweet songs and sounds of these men as our muse. We will also meet up and photograph buskers and street performers while walking the French Quarter. After lunch we will meet up with Big Chief Juan Pardo and Isaac Kinchen of the Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians. Juan and Isaac will guide us on a historical journey of what Mardi Gras Indians are and their importance to the culture of New Orleans. We will then have a private photography session of these artists in City Park as they don their one-of-a-kind suits. We will learn off-camera strobes and how to balance daylight and artificial light for portraits. After a short break we will meet for a "night shoot" of the musical nightlife of New Orleans on Frenchmen Street! Learn and shoot low light music photography in the most happening street in the city where brass bands setup on street corners and swing dancers sway to the beat of live bands. This is truly where New Orleans shines!
Sunday, June 10th
Sunday June 10th - SYNOPSIS: 5am Pickups Coffee-Breakfast / Sunrise At The Battle Of 1812 Historical Site / 8am Bayou Fishing Community And Oyster Farmers / 11:30a Lunch At Charlie's In Violet, LA / 1:30p-3:30p Preservation Hall Jazz Musicians Shoot / 4p-7pm BREAK /8pm Group Dinner + Image Reviews
DETAILS: Zack will arrive with coffee and breakfast to go when we venture out of Orleans Parish and into the neighboring St. Bernard Parish to begin our day with a sunrise shoot. Our first spot is the Historic Chalmette Battlefield and Cemetery where on this site the Battle of New Orleans was fought in 1815. 200 year old graves, century old oak trees and the winding Mississippi River rise to greet us with the sun. We will then drive "down the road" as locals call it to the lower St. Bernard area and enter wide open swamp prairie and bayous. Here we will photograph the true rural fishing communities that supply the seafood we all love in New Orleans and beyond. We will have lunch at Charlie's in Violet, LA where their local seafood menu is the largest I have ever seen! At 1:30 we will be back in the French Quarter to photograph at the legendary and historic Preservation Hall. The crown jewel of our photography experience is being able to photograph portraits and a private concert of the musicians of Preservation Hall! After our portrait session we will have a break at our respective hotels/rooms and meetup for our Group Dinner Slideshow and Critique! I suggest using the break to edit your BEST 10 to show the group and have a professional critique session by me!
Monday, June 11th
SYNOPSIS: 8am Coffee and Chat at Coast roast
DETAILS: Meet with Zack at our favorite coffee shop to look at more of your photographs and recap our journey!