I recently went on vacation to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It may seem hokey, but it felt like such a magical time. I'd wanted to visit New Orleans since I was a really young child, and over the years as I've grown, I haven't been able to keep the city out of my head. It felt like it was calling to me.
On our way down to New Orleans, we spent a night in Memphis. We didn't get to hang out too long before we were on the road again, but I really do want to spend at least a weekend exploring there too. Memphis seemed like another vibrant city, which is what drew me to NOLA. We did get to get some famous barbecue and hung out on Beale street, though.
When we drove into New Orleans, I couldn't believe my eyes. Trust me. If you haven't been, New Orleans is A LOT to take in. From the palm trees (I'm from Chicago, don't judge me for not having seen them before) to the street cars, to BOURBON STREET.
We planned our time there very wisely and stayed from Monday-Friday so as not to miss anything we really wanted to see. Every morning, we left our hotel (Aloft) and headed toward Bourbon street to get beignets and coffees. After breakfast, we'd head onto whatever adventure awaited us that day. From voodoo shops to Jackson square. From record stores to tattoo shops (I got a camera tattoo!). We did it all. We'd take a break after dinner and roam the city at night. It's a completely different place. We went to vampire bars, haunted tours, and the famous LaLaurie Mansion. We saw a dance party spill out of a bar and into the middle of the street. It was amazing. Everyone was so kind to each other and in such a great mood.i didn't see anyone get angry or fight.
On the way home, I had an allergic reaction at Cracker Barrel during dinner, took some Benadryl, and slept for the next 6 hours. When I woke up, I was almost home and I honestly wanted to cry. The next week, it felt so weird to be back in Chicago and not in NOLA anymore. I felt like I was missing something.
So that's when I made a life changing decision. I NEED to be in New Orleans. No place has ever felt like home more than that city (besides Chicago). I've decided that I'm now accepting weddings in New Orleans and the surrounding area. I have no problems traveling and I can't wait to get back to my true home. I'd be absolutely honored to shoot more weddings in New Orleans