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New Orleans Oak Alley Session and Workshop


October 31, 2016


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Wedding Photography and Engagements, that is what my Facebook followers have seen the entire year.  I have had a successful wedding season.  Yay! And as I look back on this Halloween Day I remember last year.  This time last year I took a trip to New Orleans.  I had signed up for a workshop with the award winning Jason Lanier and I had a session scheduled at the famous Oak Alley Plantation.  I invited my mother to join me for the road trip 🙂  Yes it was her first trip and it did not disappoint. 

The photography workshop included a after hours shoot in New Orleans Metairie Cemetery!  It a special event to be allowed in the cemetery after dark.  The images that appear to be “ghostly” are created with the stroboscopic flash effect.  This is a long exposure with the camera on a tripod and the flash pulsing as the model walks.  Jason Lanier is a photographer that is considered to be an expert in off camera lighting.  I wanted to learn as much as I could in preparation for the upcoming wedding season.

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New orleans Metairie Cemetery

And then there is Oak Alley Plantation.  It was so beautiful with a oak trees planted in the early 1700’s.  I would love to photograph a wedding at Oak Alley!  New Orleans has so much character and is a photographer’s dream!  I have learned so much in this last year and I can’t wait to go back and create a romantic southern plantation session. 

Oak Alley Plantation

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