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Kim & Joe’s Portraits – Sunrise Session


I did my first sunrise photo shoot a few weeks ago.  Jeff and I met Kim & Joe on the Moonwalk in the French Quarter for 6am to do their pre-wedding formal pictures a few weeks ago. I am generally a morning person, but it’s not often I meet a bride and groom who are willing to wake up at 3am to start preparing for photos!  It was such an energizing experience shooting that early.

Due to the impending change in Daylight Savings Time, we had about 30 minutes of “night time” shooting with the Connection and the Creole Queen lit up on the river before the sun started to come up.  It was a glorious sunrise.  Such rich reds, oranges and violets! This beautiful palette lasted only a few minutes, but we were able to capture several frames before the colors started to fade.

We then walked over to Canal Place and found the perfect spot to do some “city shots.” This image was taken on the Canal Street side of Canal Place about a half hour into the shoot – a big difference in the lighting from completely dark to this!

We wandered around several blocks of Canal Street from Harrah’s to Chartres where we found this great arched doorway and back to the Cathedral. The lighting was so soft and elegant and of course the temperatures much milder (a feature of a sunrise shoot that we all appreciated!).  By 7:15, the morning sun was bathing the Cathedral in a gorgeous golden color which made the perfect backdrop to finish the session.

Thank you Kim and Joe for giving me permission to post your pictures before your wedding!

- Jessica
Monday, November 17th, 2008 5:42 am


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