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New Orleans Elopement - Artistic Wedding Portraits - BTS - Pamela Reed Photography
08/29/2014

This particular shot is one of my all time favorites. It is so important to me that couples feel comfortable enough with me and my style to just relax and let loose, be themselves. Kim and Jeff did just that. We had a luxurious four hours to play and capture everything that is the New Orleans Experience. We walked around quite a bit looking for the perfect spot, backdrop and lighting to supplement my two flash units. With my assistant holding one off-camera flash, my on-camera and the downlight from above the French Quarter balcony above them we were able to create a very three-dimensional image with perfect exposure and lighting. They had fun playing and just experiencing the happiest day of their lives at that precise moment. Very cool couple. With elopements in New Orleans I put my nose to the grindstone and try to finish their wedding images before they leave town as many spend their mini-honeymoon right here in New Orleans. So it took longer than I expected, a week to be exact. I don't really promise a certain amount of images for a wedding. I usually shoot around 100 per hour maybe 150 if lighting is challenging or there's a live band with lots of dancing. And my philosophy is if the image is good and just a bit different I am delivering it. It's those little differences that make the difference as everyone sees different things in photographs of themselves. Not to ...

Creative New Orleans Wedding Photographer - Portraits - Behind the Scenes
08/22/2014

Everyone sees things differently. But its my job to see your wedding through your eyes while being honest to my style of photography. By no means a simple task. The creative portraits are coming along. I've been working on a side project for a future fine art exhibition. Couples that are willing to participate are asked to re-create the famous painting American Gothic. They have done an awesome job of giving me the base photographs to start with on this journey. I'm still playing with ideas and how to present them. I'm not a Photoshop wizard by any stroke of the imagination. So I keep it simple. I'm thinking about doing five large mixed media artistic creations from their portraits. Of course having the dark vision I do they will most definitely portray both the dark and light side while hopefully imparting a message.How have I done these base portraits? And what did I do to take them past just a photograph? Below is an example of one with a brief explanation. I don't believe in giving away all the answers. But hopefully this will be a starting point for you on your creative journey.This is one of my favorites (kind of obvious as I've posted it everywhere). Here are some bullet points for basic steps.Spoke with Lindsay and Troy via multiple phone calls, text messages and emailsI understood they wanted unique wedding photographs and a little bit about them as a ...

Bourbon Street - Wedding Photo Bomb - Day After - New Orleans Wedding Photography
08/17/2014

I keep meaning to post this wedding and one special photograph. Here is the story behind it. My couple had hired me from a Google search for Annie Leibowitz inspired wedding photographers in New Orleans. Pretty damn specific huh?! They flew out to meet me soon after our phone chat. We talked about their ideas and how I would shoot their wedding. We were super excited.Well as many larger weddings go, plans went awry and it was representing more everyone elses' ideas rather than theirs. Knowing they were doing a less traditional wedding reception that wouldn't require full photographic coverage I grabbed them after the ceremony and suggested we cut an hour off the end and meet up in a couple days to do an Day After Wedding Shoot. Then they could get those images they wanted so much and wouldn't be disappointed with the uncontrollable turn of events. Well we had a blast! At one point she wanted to toss her bouquet from a balcony. As everyone knows balconies are cool in the French Quarter and very hard to get access to. As luck would have it the doorman for Temptations overheard our conversation and brought the floor manager out. They opened the balcony and escorted my couple up. There they were perched, she with bouquet in hand. Even on a Tuesday evening Bourbon Street doesn't lack in participants. A small crowd gathered. Unbeknownst to me, a guy was standing ...

New Orleans Elopement - Wedding Photojournalism - Behind the Scenes
08/08/2014

Troy called me from California one afternoon. He and his fiance, Lindsay, were planning to travel from San Francisco to elope in New Orleans. We talked a bit about their plans, which really weren't finalized on anything yet. I must have passed the first contact test because he set a time to Skype later in the day with Troy, Lindsay and myself. Well they wanted to Skype. Me? I would rather you pull my canine teeth out with a pair of tweezers at the height of a sinus infection before doing Skype. Why? Because I absolutely hate having my photograph taken. No, not just hate, but run from the camera and become rabid if someone points it at me. Add a super wide-angle lens on a computer or phone to the tip of my nose and I'm a long lost cousin of Jimmy Durante. I relate to some of you. Damn. Off subject...again.So my initial impression was this just may be a couple willing to be creative and push boundaries. And I was right. As soon as Lindsay and Troy called we started plotting and planning ideas. Where to stay, ceremony location. Places to go for awesome wedding photographs that represented who they are and why they chose New Orleans to get married. They decided since they were eloping and saving a ton of money that they wanted the entire New Orleans Experience* and added an hour to their package. It gave us plenty of time for getting ready, wedding ceremony and then tons of ...

New Orleans Wedding Photographer - Wedding Cake - Pamela Reed Photography
08/04/2014

"Let them eat cake."Or not. Originally I had planned to post a bunch of wedding cake photos to give you an idea of the difference between pretty and tasty. After looking through my files from the last 10 months I realized there's definitely a trend lately that bucks the tradition. More couples are passing on the traditional cake either replacing it with a wonderful dessert or even an array of amazing options from the best pastry chefs. As a New Orleans wedding photographer I always look forward to the cake but with this new trend I get a chance to sample so many delicious desserts. Without further ado here are some of the cakes I rounded up. Some are fondant and others with traditional icing. Frankly I am not a fan of fondant cakes as they tend to be high on looks and low on taste. At a wedding a few years ago I had the best tasting cake ever. When I asked the bride where she found this bundle of joy I was surprised beyond belief. Whole Foods. Yes, Whole Foods Chantilly berry cake. White cake and real whipped frosting with fresh berries. I am certainly not knocking fondant cakes but man they can't hold a candle to this one. The choice is up to you. If you are looking to save some money and provide a beautiful and delicious cake I'd recommend talking with Whole Foods.    Cakes and Desserts by the following vendors:Whole FoodsBroussards ...