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Zack Smith
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New Orleans Commercial and Fine Art Portrait Photographer & Zack Smith Photography Workshops
New Orleans Commercial and Fine Art Portrait Photographer & Zack Smith Photography Workshops

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Jazz Fest means so much to so many people and I hope you enjoy this photo gallery of what it means to me as an observer of the inside scoop and witness to the tantalizing fringe.The name "Jazz Fest" (all caps of course, Amen.) in New Orleans is now synonymous with an over reaching 24 hour a day, 10 day work week of music, moments, and more music. During the fairgrounds portion of this music marathon, the Mid City/Bayou St. John neighborhood gets over run with daytime wafting decibels. At night, the countless clubs, bars, and faubourg haunts carry multiple musical acts and sunrise shows to be remembered and soon dubbed "legendary". But what happens during these watershed moments are the hours spent in recording studios, rehearsal halls, and off the beaten path venues that makes Jazz Fest legendary. Musicians flock to New Orleans to play a gig or two, or ten but you can find them recording in local studios and taking part in very non-traditional music happenings around town.

During the course of this years Jazz Fest Season I had the pleasure of photographing for a different department at Jazz Fest thus finding new moments and new angles for what I thought was an overshot fest. I was wrong. There are so many undiscovered views that uncover themselves when looked at with new eyes. Photographing the world around us with a fresh set of eyes, a new perspective, can often lead to new discoveries.

As part of my ongoing portrait series at The New Orleans Airlift Music Box, I was able to photograph Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium and Dustan Louque's Dub Down Babylon, all with amazing performers and special guests. During this festival season I was also asked to document an epic recording session from local transplant blues man, Seth Walker. The session was done at The Music Shed and featured the legendary New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich, New York jazz organist John Medeski, and bassist Myles Weeks.

I hope you enjoy this gallery from 10 days of festival life, love, and magic moments!

ALL IMAGES ©Zack Smith Photography and may not be used outside of this gallery. If you like the images, share the gallery! If you're in the image, send me an email! zack@zacksmith.com
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Prism Photography Is Easy, Just Experiment!

Yes, you probably recognize this type of prism from physics class in grade school. Did you know that when held up to your lens you can not only project the full spectrum of light into your lens but reflect anything within a 180 degree radius into your lens? Creative rut be damned!
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2017 has been a whirlwind of a year. A year many firsts and falls and get backups. I never thought I would be shooting so many headshots, open a studio on Magazine Street and photograph thousands of images of a baby. Well, she is my baby.

I mean really, look at that angelic face, who wouldn't want to photograph her for, like, ever? Well I never thought I would be photographing kids, ever! In my line of work I get hired because I can provide for my client a consistent, structured, and creative result for their visual branding needs. This type of commercial photography takes alot time and energy spent talking and emailing about ideas, aesthetic, and how images will be used ad nauseam. I talk with my clients about lighting schemes, compositions, and the exact number of images produced and where how the deliverables will be implemented into their website and marketing materials. Needless to say there is a lot of control that goes into producing and photographing the type of work I do. There is absolutely NO controlling a kid. You just. got. to. BE.

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Thank you NOLA.com for mentioning Zack Smith Photography Studio at one of 12 New Cool Shops in New Orleans!

#shopping #studio #photographystudio #neworleans
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Don't know what to get the photographer in your life for Christmas?
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I keep a little black book. Well, it's a small yellow "pad" application inside my iphone that keeps all of my Locations and Notes as I drive and walk from job to job, studio to home and coffee shop to coffee shop. 

I am always looking for unique environments to serve as backgrounds and layers for future shoots. As you may have been reading this photography blog (which I have had here since 2006....!) I do feel my purpose is to help others around me in the photography community, but there is ONE thing I don't share too much of: my locations. I have always felt that learning how to use strobes, how to pose portraits and edit in lightroom are skills that can be learned over time. Some learn it faster, some take more time. Finding the right location, and especially the perfect background for any subject's story, I feel is the one part of the creative photographic process that evolves even slower. It's tough to teach since it's so personal.

Click the link below to see these location scout photos!



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Zack Smith Photography Article at Bacchustales.com - Portrait of a Lensman

Thank you so much to Bacchustales.com for this nice little moment of truth here. Jessie and I went to high school together now he and his wife Dani run the online magazine, bacchustales.com. They came by my studio last week and our talk about my photographic journey, Louisiana ecology, Bromoils, and science resulted in this great article. Thanks guys...
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New Knowledge in the New Photographic Landscape

As a content prover for small businesses, agencies, and artists I know the value in creating unique photography that gets noticed. But after attending the State of Search SEO Conference in Dallas last week, I now know so much more to help your audience actually SEE these images! With so much marketing and advertisements clouding the internet these days, it takes someone to know how to make your images stand out in more ways that just being a pretty picture. I can now educate my clients in how to use meta descriptions, simple SEO best practices, proper image output and more to help them get their message across. Call me or email me anytime to talk about your next project! (Just Reply to this Email!)

NEW STUDIO!

hello from my new studio on Magazine Street! I wanted to share with you a few new projects I have just completed, as well as some new services I offer right here in Uptown New Orleans!

I am grateful for our relationship and hope we can work together on something soon! If you are near the studio, come on by! 4514 Magazine St
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Really cool of WWL to come out and talk to the photographers at our Solar Eclipse meetup!
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