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Mardi Gras in New Orleans: A Photo Essay

I went to school in New Orleans and lived there for a bit after graduation. Katrina hit my senior year of college and I watched the city pick itself back up. New Orleans is a deeply personal place for me, but also a place I hardly know. When you go to college in a town, you really only experience life as a college student, and half of that through a silly self-induced drunken stupor.

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All My Advice to New Wedding Photographers

I don’t write my blog for other wedding photographers, but much of my audience consists of them. Every now and then, I’m tempted to do a post about such-and-such thing that has worked for me or such-and-such resource that is great for beginners. Instead, a few weeks ago (blogging can be a slow process), I started brainstorming an “all my advice” post. Everything I can think of to say to new wedding photographers about what I’ve learned so far. Here goes. And in no particular order.

Work like a dog. There is nothing easy about running a business, getting clients, networking, growing your skillset or juggling responsibilities. You will have to work hard to make all of these things happen. Any of the photographers you hear about whose success “fell in their lap” are lying, or they had access to resources most of us don’t. The rest of us have to work our asses off to make it happen. You’ll have to do the same. Don’t expect success if you don’t put in the time and effort.

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Greece: Dimitsana through Athens

As predicted, it’s taken me ages to get to the third and final installment of my Greece photos [post 1, post 2], but here it is! We start this last third of the trip in Dimitsana, yet another incredibly charming mountain town. Greece was nothing if not charming. But first, as always, my favorite image from the set. You’ll hear more about Mystras below.

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I left off in the also-charming also-mountain town of Kalavrita, on Christmas Day. When we got back down the mountain, we hopped in the car and took the ride over to Olympia, where we stayed at the very hospitable Hotel Pelops (highly recommend!). But it was Christmas Day, and everything was closed. Likewise December 26, which is also a holiday in Greece. Our hotelier suggested/basically told us we must drive around the nearby mountains to see the towns of Dimitsana, Stemnitsa and Andritsena.

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