I thought today would be the perfect day to do a Behind the Seams throwback to a photo shoot we did in New Orleans.
I had never been to NOLA, and after Richard spent a couple days there and told me all about it, I started envisioning a photo shoot. So last spring we scheduled a tourist weekend for the two of us, then tacked on a couple extra days and flew our photographer and model down.
We were on a pretty tight budget, and we booked last minute, so we were staying in a pretty marginal AirBNB, but the location was pretty good and it was just a place to sleep so, not a big deal. I booked a different AirBNB for Melissa and Giana, in what was described as a bohemian, up and coming neighborhood, and we drove there straightaway after picking them up from the airport so they could get ready to shoot.
Just a word of advice. if you are looking to book a place to stay, 'bohemian' and 'up and coming' are code words for the hood.
This was kitty corner from their place:
Seriously. And there were roosters randomly wandering the streets.
I was pretty mortified.
The AirBNB I chose for them was very highly rated and the host was considered a 'super host' and had raving reviews. She was a super interesting gal, and her home ended up being appealingly eclectic/kitschy. The first thing I saw when we entered the house were these awesome stairs.
The next morning I asked if we could do some photography in her house and she didn't mind.
I loved her old school kitchen, where she had dozens of fresh eggs available for guests and she had made freshly baked bread and delicious, homemade apple butter!
She informed us that she used to be a model also.
She did fetish modeling for 10 years.
She told us about Hurricane Katrina, and showed us photos of the back of her house that went missing during the storm, showed us an entire photo album of the re-building process. I couldn't help but want to capture the authentic kitchy-ness. These weren't decorations, this was her home, her life. This was in March.
After we left the AirBNB, we had a long day photographing all over the city, and ended it in a cemetery before we rushed to the airport.
Richard and I had scouted this cemetery over the weekend and fell in love with it.
What ended up being so cool was seeing the cemetery transform in the camera into the perfect ambiguous neutral backdrop.
Photo credit to our awesome photographer! Melissa Louise Photography Minneapolis.
Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!