Fradella Photography is thrilled to announce that we have changed our client gallery hosting. After an exhaustive search for a new gallery hosting provider, we selected Pixieset. In making our selection, we focused on several key areas. First, a simple and easy to use interface for our clients to use. We know our clients are eager to get to their images quickly and easily. With pixieset, built in tutorials walk clients through every step of their viewing experience and assist clients with navigation. Once in the gallery, clients can comment, select favorites, and order premium print products. And of course Pixieset has an amazing viewing experience. With all of these amazing features and more, we know that we found the perfect host for full featured galleries and an amazing viewing experience.
A note to all of our existing clients; your original galleries are still available, so no worries. They will remain active until we complete the migration process. If you can’t wait to get a taste of the new gallery experience on Pixieset, contact us and we make sure your new gallery is available quickly.
Fradella Photography – New Orleans Wedding Photographers – Originally natives of the New Orleans Metro Area, Sylvia and I moved to Thibodaux in 1992. After 25 years working and living in the Tri-Parish Region, we recently packed our bags and moved back to the Big Easy. While we will always cherish the memories of raising our daughters and the wonderful times spent with friends and coworkers in Bayou Country, the time had come to return to our roots. While we will continue to provide photography services in the Bayou Region and the New Orleans Metro Area, we are excited to announce that we are expanding our service coverage area to include Slidell, Covington and Mandeville. At Fradella Photography, we offer a full menu of services for both indoor and outdoor (0ur specialty) weddings. When availability permits, we also provide general portrait services including senior casuals, family portraits, and event photography. For more information or to check our availability, a link to contact us has been provided below.
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Sylvia and I recently had the good fortune to attend a two-day posing workshop in Houston with international photography master and best-selling author Roberto Valenzuela. His educational books include Picture Perfect Practice, Picture Perfect Posing, and Picture Perfect Lighting. The daily workshop format was formal (yet fun) classroom instruction, followed by practical applications of posing techniques with models.
I love working as a wedding and senior portrait photographer in New Orleans, Houma, and Thibodaux. However, my work does keep me quite busy. It does not leave much time to travel to Baton Rouge to visit my alma mater, Louisiana State University, or LSU. I recently made some time and found that the campus is as majestic as ever. Here are a few images that I believe capture the ambiance and character of this unique university.
Queen Bess Island is a small patch of land located just a couple of miles north of the east end of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Though small, the island is visited by thousands of coastal birds annually. Accessible only by boat, the island is a birdwatchers paradise. On any given day, visitors will see a mix of ibis, pelicans, seagulls, and other assorted species. The island is also a seasonal fishing spot for local sportsmen. Speckled trout, white trout, flounder, and redfish are just a few of the fish that frequent the waters around the island. Annually, the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival includes boat trips to this tiny piece of paradise. When visiting the Grand Isle area, a trip to Queen Bess Island is well worth the time and effort. One recommendation as a regular to the island (love to fish there), when visiting…..stay upwind. Lots of birds equals lots of…well, you know, smelly stuff!
Owl for Breakfast?
Mark and I love traveling. It gives us time to relax, meet people, explore new countries and their cultures, and the photo opportunities are endless! You just never know what, where, and when you will come across and that is what makes it an adventure.
We recently went on a weeklong cruise to the Caribbean. As usual, Mark was the first to rise. With the camera bag in tow, off he went to find the right spot in the serenity area located on the top deck of the ship. It was our last day at sea and we were back in the Gulf of Mexico heading home to New Orleans. Shortly afterwards, I headed out. I knew the routine. Get coffee, some breakfast and bring it to serenity. That was our breakfast spot. We basically had the ship to ourselves. Only a few people were up and about, there was a soft breeze, the sun had just come up, and the water was smooth sailing. It was our little piece of heaven.
As I, with coffee and breakfast in hand, was approaching Mark in the serenity area, I saw him crouched on the deck with his camera facing the front of the boat toward the Gulf. I was looking around, up, out and couldn’t see anything. I also noticed a man about two feet behind him with his iPhone out taking pictures. This really had my curiosity peaked!? I still couldn’t see anything. What had them so interested? There was no one else anywhere near us. I picked up my pace the best I could without spilling coffee all over. When I finally got there, the man pointed and quietly said – look! I turned to look at where he was pointed and I couldn’t believe what I was saw … an owl!
An owl! Here in the middle of the Gulf! He was perched on the back of a chair. He was beautiful! I have lived my whole life in Louisiana and I have never been this close to an owl in the wild. He was less than 5 yards away. He just sat there with the breeze ruffling his feathers and his big yellow eyes looking around and at us. Eventually a cruise ship worker opened a nearby door. Off the owl went. We were certainly glad to be a brief part of this particular stow away adventure. What an unlikely meeting.