This business is full of cliches.

Let’s face it. Photography is full of clichés. It’s got more lines than a failing dealership. If you’re a photographer, at some point, you will go through them for yourself. It’s normal.

I’ve been shooting professionally for just over ten years and at this point, I’ve met (and been) every cliche in the book. The oldest one is that you meet folks whose passion it is to capture your spirit in your natural environment. Translation: I don’t have a studio, or lighting, so we’re going to take a bunch of pictures by a pretty window.

Fact: That might be a cliché, but if you don’t have lights and you’re trying to break into the business, that is just called being SMART. You go girl.

Take a look at the graph I’ve created. Consider what your strengths are: then work to build the counterparts. You only get to the middle by doing all three.

The bottom line is the only cliché you should ever worry about is the one where you learn something from every single job. When you stop having “AH-HA!” moments, then you are failing to challenge yourself. With that, you run the risk of being the worst cliché of all. A starving artist.

The Audubon Zoo

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As I always say, “Good neighbors make good neighbors.”

I know it’s a bit quizzical, but it’s true. There’s no secret to having good friends, except to simply be a good friend yourself. A while back, I asked my neighbor (who works at the Audubon Zoo here in New Orleans) if he could pass on a few free passes to the zoo.

Last week, he delivered and I tried to make the most of my time there doing what I love most. Snappin’ pics! Hope you enjoy.

Chris and Christen’s Wedding

Chris and Cristen booked me to shoot their wedding about eight days prior to the ceremony. At first I thought that I was a replacement photographer for someone else who fell through– then I found out that Chris had proposed only two weeks prior! They didn’t want anything too fancy– so it was a short (but beautiful) ceremony at Fontainbleu State Park, just outside of Mandeville, LA. Here’s to Chris and Cristen, and a long, happy marriage.