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Our friends

are getting married. Alexandria Godina and Antero Garcia. Wedding photos to come in September.  View full post »

Carnival

is New Orleans. I really believe this. I believe that once you understand Carnival you understand New Orleans. I believe this because I am filled with anxiety each time it approaches. You must breath  Carnival, you must eat Carnival – you must be Carnival. I am not ready for this yet (I may never be). Sara Roahen does. I mean she cracked it (the city) and wrote a book about it. Her bookView full post »

Danielle

met me in her hotel lobby one Friday afternoon to go take some photos while she was here in New Orleans testing out her hair/make up and such. She is a bride to be married soon in New Orleans. I basically couldn’t take my eyes off of her for a while. Striking. Interesting. Beautiful. Strong. Danielle is also a photographer (and an Irish dancer) so she took my gawking in good stride. I hadView full post »

When

I first saw this red wall I knew I was destined to photograph it. This brings to mind for me a movie that is close to my heart for many different reasons, “Three Colors Red” by Kristof Kieslowski. This seed was planted in my brain (the idea of a couple in front of the red wall) when I first met Asia and Tim at a coffee shop. This engagement shoot was somewhat impromptu but the redView full post »

Linus

Admission: I also have a lot of work to blog but when he laid down on the mattres and he looked at me and the light behind him was perfect and I have just been reading about this very moment (we can talk about that later) I just had to photograph it.  View full post »

“Don’t you just love

those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn’t just an hour – but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands  - and who knows what to do with it?” Tennessee WilliamsView full post »

When Tim

first emailed me about his proposal plan I was nervous. It was elaborate. An hour away from busy New Orleans at Oak Alley Plantation I was to disguise myself (as a tourist) and photograph his impromptu proposal to Lynn. We connived a pretty good plan. We discussed some more. We exchanged secret texts. She said yes. About 5 minutes into the shoot it hit me. They were so incredibly happy, so in theView full post »

We are so happy

today. We are spending the last day of the year with very our good friends in Monterey. We had coffee on the beach. I am going to say it again. We had coffee on the beach. I am smiling, can you tell? I often find myself not in the best of moods on the last day of the year. New Years Day has always been a tricky one for me. But today we are where we meant to be. I hope its a good one for youView full post »

The French Quarter

is growing on me.  Yes its can get really crowded and noisy and cars are almost always in the way of a good shot. But. There is time in the afternoon when the light is really beautiful and the colors of the quarter come alive. I am slowly peeling away the layers of this city. I am excited to share my discoveries with you. These are engagement shots of Gigi and Adrian.View full post »

Today

I am thankful that I can do what I love. I can go to work and photograph one of the most meaningful days of a person’s life. Being with Cynthia and Corbin I was reminded again this is an important day. Its an emotional day. Its a beautiful day. Today the simple things metamorphose into webs of stories, tears, a look stolen in the mirror, a hug from a friend. When you get to spend the dayView full post »

I met Amy

for the first time sitting in her kitchen and talking about photographs. I felt an instant connection to her. We met some days later and shot a whole afternoon in the French Quarter and around the river. I loved the quite confidence that both Amy and Rob had about their lives, their future, their togetherness. Work took them to Seattle but we stayed in touch. When she asked me to photograph herView full post »

A little preview

of a wedding I will share with you very soon. Amy and Rob. Classy. Sweet. Genuine.View full post »

I have been thinking

about a new blog. A little different set-up. Photos I take for work. Some of my personal work. Photos of Linus. And this time I will play you some music too. Below are some shots I took with a Canon 45mm tilt shift. [haiku url="http://www.dorkaphotographyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/01-Fake-Empire.mp3" title="Fake Empire"graphical="true"]   Music: Fake Empire by The Nationals.View full post »