It’s 1:45 AM and I’m the only adult awake at my kid’s sleepover; I’m surrounded by 10 little screaming, running, candy-crunching, Dorito-munching, Oreo-crushing, Fortnite gamers that are hyped up on cake and Dr. Pepper. It seems like a good time to hide in the corner of the room, edit photos and blog about the life of yours truly, this nerdy girl photographer. I’ve been meaning to share this little slice of bûche de Noël with you guys. I’m currently booking mini Christmas sessions. The session is 30 minutes ($65) and includes everything you need…all photos are provided to you, touch-ups/enhancements, copyright release, gallery with hi-res downloads and no watermarks, social media galleries and a pre-session consultation to discuss your style and vision. Not to mention that I have a ton of cute ideas for this year plus my ever-growing arsenal of props from previous set ups. So, let’s chat. Email me to set a date to capture some holiday fun. Winter is coming. (OH HOW I MISS YOU, GAME OF THRONES!! DAENERYS FOREVER…they did my girl wrong!! Everyone knows she wouldn’t have gone straight crazy like that. They just wanted to end the show. Jon could never have walked away after what he did. The Unsullied would have flayed him like Ramsay Bolton flays servants.) Anywho, here it is! Back I go to tame the wild things that are currently calling for caffeine and Starbucks to celebrate their late night charades as they show off their Fortnite John Wick skins. Ummm…yeah. I’m rockin’ this mommy-life.
If you’re wandering around NOLA and don’t know what you are doing this evening, you’re lucky! This lovely little vixen on a violin introduced me to beauty of gypsy jazz…YES, THAT IS A THING!! And what better place to have such a thing than in NOLA, a city that’s as vibrant and eclectic as any! If you love music, come “taste” this…you’ll be happy that you did! I can’t wait!!! Don’t know what gypsy jazz is (don’t feel bad, I was once ignorant to such blissful sounds, too ☺)… jump on Spotify or youtube and listen to this: Minor Swing by Django Reinhardt or Manoir de mes rêves. Then, after you find yourself totally addicted to these sweet sounding melodies that are nothing short of a paragon of 1940s daydreams, come by the Carnival Lounge tonight, 6 - 9 PM, and let this darling violinist be the muse that makes you smile. IT’S TUESDAY IN NEW ORLEANS, FOLKS, LET’S HAVE FUN!! A few photos from her shoot that will be featured on her upcoming album!!
You’ve picked a photographer and decided on a location for your photoshoot…you’re probably feeling pretty accomplished and rightfully so. The next task…WHAT TO WEAR!? There is no such thing as a wrong answer here. I can give you no better advice than this…let your personality reign supreme!! Whether it be fun and casual, sultry, themed, whatever spells who you are (as a family, a couple, a single person, a unicorn…whatever ☺) should guide your wardrobe choice. I often recommend that people close their eyes and envision their dream photo session. What do you see? Really, this question is what I use to guide every photo session that I host with my clients.
Remember, the key is to be who you are…
HAVE FUN WITH IT…
Photoshoots are a BIG deal. First, you have to find a photographer that has a style that suits your vision (hopefully, that’s me ☺). Then, the next question pops up out of the blue: where would you like to shoot your session? You find yourself suddenly scouring Pinterest, evaluating every potential option, piecing together slices and details to discover that perfect photo op. Is it fun or is it overwhelming? Your photographer should be totally open to your creative suggestions but if you are struggling with location, we have some questions that can help guide your decision. New Orleans is filled with photographic variety. The French Quarter is great, City Park and Audubon Park are beautiful, but NOLA is much more than that. New Orleans is a cluster of hidden surprises, textures and tastes. So, relax, take a breath and open your eyes to a little city with a lot of variety. Whether you choose a traditional setting or something with a little edge, if pristine is your thing or you like a little gritty charm, New Orleans won’t disappoint you. Remember…it’s gonna be fun (PROMISE!!)! ☺
Cheers to being unique!
I figured that I would try this blogging thing again. Truth be told, I’m not very good at it but it could be fun. What better way to kick it off than with something that garners a smile? For all of the couples getting married in 2019 still searching for a creative photographer who is passionate about what she does, loves working with people and always ready for an adventure…hi, my name is Ranada. Let’s chat.