Food & Culture in New Orleans Published by Entouriste categories: featured, personal, press

Some surprises are certainly great surprises. I’ve been waiting patiently for news concerning our most recent publication. Today, the wait is finally over. Highlights from a recent trip to New Orleans focused on food and culture has just been published by Entouriste.com. In case you are unfamiliar with Entouriste.com, its a travel and photography blog with amazing content and insight shared from around the world. This happens to be my third feature on Entouriste.com and one I’m very excited to share. Definitely make the jump over to Entouriste.com to see the full story here.

Below I’ve included some additional highlights from our trip to New Orleans for you to enjoy. I can also offer some great travel tips if you are planning your own NOLA adventure soon. Devote a substantial amount of time to eating and drinking. Be a hedonist for a couple days and accept the associated weight-gain. The food and drink in New Orleans is stellar and unlike anything else around. Eat grilled oysters at Acme, beignets at Cafe du Monde, and have drinks at Cane & Table. Plan to shop a little while you are there. Trashy Diva has a well-appointed selection for smart ladies. Goorin Brothers has just the right hat for any gentlemen.

Also, enjoy the night life. If you view food as I do, like entertainment, then plan a special night out at John Besh’s Restaurant August. Take in tasty rum concoctions at aforementioned Cane & Table, or a live jazz show (followed by burlesque) at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse. In short – eat, drink and live well. The gym will be there when you get home. Enjoy the details below and many more tips at Entouriste.

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White Bride – Black Boudoir categories: featured, for brides, weddings

The trust my clients extend always amazes me. They trust me with their wedding, their friends and their family. They trust me to represent them well. On occasion, bride’s will trust me with so much more. Occasionally, I’m asked to capture boudoir style photos on the morning of the wedding. The reasons to do this are numerous. The photos become a loving extension of the wedding day. They are a heartfelt (or heart-bare) gift for the groom. More so, the photos are a gift to the bride herself. Of course the photos are deeply private as well, which is a trust I hold inviolable.

As a photographer, that inviolable trust presents a quandary. I’d love to show future clients what is possible and to demonstrate some of my work. However, bridal boudoir photos are deeply private. To solve this problem, I got together with my friend Hillary to capture the editorial boudoir session you see below. I love working with Hillary and the whole experience was a joy. I’m simply in love with the outcome.

Hillary and I used a hotel in downtown Cleveland for the session. I purposefully picked a hotel because that’s where wedding preparation so often takes place. Hillary had thoughtfully brought a ton of wardrobe to use. All of the selection actually led me to the a good theme for the editorial – White Bride/Black Boudoir. I think you can pick out the theme in the photos below. It’s simply a play on innocence vs. daring.

I try to offer my clients a satisfying array of options for their wedding, and I’m thrilled to be able to show this small component. I certainly hope you enjoy the highlights below. And as always, thanks to Hillary for the amazing assistance. Even more so, thanks to the wonderful ladies at Something White Bridal Boutique for loaning us the stunning veil and hair piece. Something White Bridal has become my favorite bridal boutique for one simple reason – Rebecca & Karin treat their clients with such care and attention.

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Indigo Buntings, Yellow Warblers, and Tulip Flowers categories: personal

The first time Brooke got a tattoo, she wasn’t nervous at all. I’d say she was more excited than anything. For her latest tattoo, the emotions were quite different. As we drove down Lorain Road, I could see her shifting in her seat. We were almost there and her nerves were building a bit. I’m sure the nervousness was from a combination of factors. The memory of her first tattoo must have still been fresh. Plus, the scale of the new tattoo was much, much larger.

We arrived at Tattoo Faction just in time for her appointment. Another minute and we’d have been late. Dave Wulff was there waiting and ready to go. Brooke and Dave discussed the concept for the tattoo while I stood listening. Many of you may know that my wife is a professional biologist and avid environmentalist. Like her honey bee tattoo, Brooke’s plans for her new tattoo involved fauna, but also flora. She wanted indigo buntings, yellow warblers and tulip flowers. Dave listened closely, and then said “Have a seat and I’ll sketch this out.” A few minutes later he returned with a drawing. “Perfect,” Brooke said with no hesitation. Just like her vision, the drawing was realistic, also like an Audubon print.

Below are some highlights of Brooke getting the outlines completed. Unfortunately I won’t be present for the shading or the color, as I have to work elsewhere. After seeing just this small part, I can say one thing – Brooke is tough. Really tough! She took the hold thing in stride and did an amazing job. Truth be told, I’m not surprised one bit. For a long time I’ve known that my wife is made of the hardest metal. Also worth noting is that Dave did an amazing job. Brooke searched for years to locate the perfect artist, and Dave has certainly proven worthy. We wish he was staying local, but he’s headed across country soon for awesome new adventures.

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Personally, I love the look of tattoo shops. They are like graphic dreams. Every inch is covered with detailed artwork, and Tattoo Faction is no different. I especially like the Durado fish mounted on the wall, the “Drunkenness Prohibited” sign, and the large tiger head gate guarding the back room. For the technical minded, the above was all shot on a Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 800 film. Enjoy!