Photos of New Orleans
I just got back from judging and speaking at the annual convention of the Professional Photographers of Louisiana. Being there gave me my 3rd opportunity to take Photos of New Orleans. The convention was held the the Hyatt Centric, in the French Quarter.
Three years ago, though I was hired to take wedding photographs:
The couple got married in March 2015 at the Cornstalk Fence Hotel in the quarter….I had to revisit this great venue in 2018.
Prior to that I was blessed to take the engagement portraits of Shalaya and Kyle of Texas at Oak Alley Plantation. They were such a fun couple and my son came along with me to be my lighting assistant The plantation had lovely huge oak trees.
In 1992 as a Springfield City Councilor, I went there for a nationwide city conference with my wife in November. It was actually cold then, unlike my recent trip where it was a sweltering 92-97 with high humidity.
New Orleans is unlike any other city in America due to their buildings in the French Quarter (rebuilt by the Spanish in the early 1800’s due to fire). Plus, with the Cajun and Creole distinctions, being on the Mississippi, Alligators, birthplace of Jazz:
Plus plantations, civil war history and the cultural past of French and Spanish settlers, it’s very unique.
But what tops it all off is the FOOD. How someone can make rice and beans-a normally boring and plain dish-so tasty is beyond me. Best food in America lives here. Hands down. (Sorry NYC, you finish #2).
Here is delicious Pecan Pie and wedge salad, a Pimm’s Cup drink and bread and butter playing second fiddle to Char Grilled Oysters with Parmesan cheese and melted butter from Felix’s. I first ordered just 6, but added 6 more they were so scrumptious and Out of this world. Jambalaya, Gumbo, Crab, Crayfish, Andouille sausage, and of course-a plethora of mixed drinks.
Also went to the Cafe Du Monde and had beignets and Café au lait.
New Orleans also now houses the nations #2 museum: The World War II museum. Started in 2000 as a D Day museum, it’s expanded to now include 5 buildings, one which houses tanks and airplanes. Absolutely worth the time, but 3 hours wasn’t enough. The movie narrated by Tom Hanks well worth it.
Wandering around, I found very my interesting sites, like Lafayette Square
Shops with Mardi Gras masks
Jackson Square of course
And other visual treats:
I also took a city bus tour. Besides learning interesting facts, we went to the once devastated 9th ward from Hurricane Katrina. This building is still standing.
We also stopped at the St. Augustine cemetery. Some of which predated the Civil War. Above ground because NOLA (New Orleans, LA) is 6 feet below sea level. In the old days, they used to find caskets below ground floating down the river.
We also stopped at a distillery.
It was great speaking and helping give ideas to other professional photographers. This year I spoke in upstate New York, Wyoming, Nebraska and NOLA. Next year I’ll be in North Carolina and Tennesee and who knows where else.
Prior to leaving I took the Natchez (#5) Riverboat tour on the Mississippi. The engines are over 80 years old.
If you’ve never been to New Orleans, put it on your bucket list. But preferably in the spring!
Photos of New Orleans