In the years I’ve worked as a professional photographer in New Orleans, I’ve learned that know-who is almost as valuable as know-how. Client relationships are important but so are relationships with other photographers. Forming alliances with other shooters is a powerful way to meet new clients, learn new tricks, and have a back up shooter when you need one!
I connected with another photographer a few months ago when I was unable to make it to a shoot and needed it covered last minute. He did a stellar job and I was pretty stoked to form a new alliance with someone whose work I had been previously unfamiliar with. One day, he called me last minute and asked if I could tackle a band photo shoot that he had set up but couldn’t make it to. I got in touch with Ainsley, a local keyboard player and vocalist, and really loved her concept and the location she had lined up. She told me all I needed to do was show up and pop off a few shots. I let her know that I would do far more than that! I would make sure her band photos got every bit as much attention and professionalism as I give every one of my clients- last minute or not.
She brought in a small team to decorate the coolest backyard I’d seen in a while, turning it into a musical mad tea party. Her band wore bright colors and silly hats with props galore. I was ecstatic to be able to lend my eye to her shots! They were a great group to work with, taking direction well, and having fun with it even though the mosquitos were out in full force as we rapidly lost daylight. We executed the concepts Ainsley had sketched out and then she let me run with my own ideas, creating images that ended up being some of her favorites.
Here are just a few images from what ended up being one of my favorite shoots this year!