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Welcome to New Orleans’ best kept secret in wedding and lifestyle photography! We are The Red M Studio, storytellers on a quest to create family legacies with an authentic, spirited photographic experience.

 

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11 Years of Success; Thanks to You!!

Our 11th Annual food drive in the Pumpkin Patch at St. Martin’s Episcopal church resulted in providing 2,190 meals in our community by Second Harvest. We are delighted that we had so many of our old friends and many new ones come out to support this project. We are grateful to each and every one of you for your participation!

 

What started as a small way for us to meet more families when we were first starting our business has blossomed into a community event that we are very proud to bring forth year after year. Giving back to the community is one of the core values of our business, and to give back to a cause that helps eliminate food insecurity in our community is extremely rewarding to us. We believe that everyone is capable of doing some small thing to give back, and we like to say that what we can do is feed people with our cameras. Even small events like ours add up to big results when everyone pitches in! Check out the summary below!

 

 

If you did not donate, but still want to, it’s not to late.  Visit our link HERE!

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    Free Photos During our 2022 Pumpkin Patch Food Drive

    Come out and pick your perfect pumpkin, and get photographed for free during our 11th annual food drive benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans and Acadiana at the St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Pumpkin Patch. While monetary donations or donations of non-perishable food items will be gladly accepted, they are not required to receive a photograph. Marianne and Steve will be on hand to create free commemorative photos of children and families during their visit. Your photos will be inset into a Halloween themed template and delivered via email. Photographs will be taken Friday October 14th from 3:00pm until 6:00pm and on Sunday October 16th from 11:00am until 5:00pm.

     

    Last year, our efforts working with St. Martin’s at this event resulted in donations of cash and food capable of providing over 3,800 meals to the community. We are stretching our goal once again this year and hoping to be able to raise enough funds and non-perishable food to provide at least 4,000 meals. With recent inflationary pressures there has never been a greater need in our community.

     

    This will be the 11th Annual Food Drive for our studio! What started as a small way for us to meet more families when we were first starting our business has blossomed into a community event that we are very proud to bring forth year after year. Giving back to the community is one of the core values of our business, and to give back to a cause that helps eliminate food insecurity in our community is extremely rewarding to us. We believe that everyone is capable of doing some small thing to give back, and we like to say that what we can do is feed people with our cameras. Even small events like ours add up to big results when everyone pitches in!

     

    The Pumpkin Patch is located at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 2216 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA.Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser

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      How fast is your train traveling?

      I had a dream this week that I was on a train ride. I was really enjoying the ride, the scenery was beautiful, but then all of a sudden, the train began to accelerate. The next thing I knew, the train was moving so fast it was scaring the bejesus out of me! It was like being on a rollercoaster and it was barrelling down the track!  I woke up, a little out of breath, and couldn’t stop thinking about the dream because it was so vivid … so you know I had to Google “train symbolism in dreams.”

       

      As suspected, it seems train rides can represent the journey you are on, or “life,” and the fact that my ride seems to be careening down the track is no surprise, given that I’ve spent the entire week looking at those back to school photos everyone is posting! I saw so many photos of little ones that I’ve photographed for 11 years now.  Some didn’t even exist when I shot their parents’ wedding and now they were starting kindergarten, some were starting their senior year and becoming full fledged, driving teen agers, some were going off to college, and all of it kind of blew my mind!! Time marches on for sure!

      New Orleans Family Photography(Jeremy, my very first client, just started his senior year of high school)

      And I know I’m not alone in this feeling. I get phone calls from moms about this all the time! “Please photograph me with my children one last time, before they start leaving the nest.”  There is a beauty and a pain in that inquiry that is so familiar because it speaks right to my mamma heart. They know that soon the graduations will come, the jobs begin, engagements happen, the weddings … life has a way of taking us down that train track really fast! There’s only one way to freeze time, and that is to photograph your family and save the memory. We know it’s hard getting everyone coordinated, and dressed and in a good mood all at the same time, but it is oh so worth it to have those memories to look back on!

      New Orleans Family Photography

      New Orleans Family Photography

      Sometimes, the request will be a little bigger and is more along the lines of “Our family has gotten really big and we FINALLY got them all together in New Orleans!  Can you come out and capture us all together?”  Oh my gosh, multi-generational requests are just the best!  We get to photograph the entire family, and at the center of it is a beautiful mom, now grandmother, who is so amazingly proud and filled with love!

      New Orleans Family Photography

      New Orleans Family Photography

      Children grow up, families change and grow and the train whizzes down the track! We get so busy that it does seem like the train ride starts to speed up! You can’t stop the journey of life, but you can hold onto what matters most by capturing your family in all its beautiful stages in photos. Taking regular family portraits will ensure that you remember your family where it is today, and that you will leave a legacy for future generations!

      New Orleans Family Photography at Napoleon House in the French QuarterNew Orleans Family Photography

      With the holidays right around the corner,  now is the perfect time to start thinking about scheduling a family portrait.  Contact us today about scheduling your family session, or about purchasing a gift certificate for someone for the holidays.

      Want more information about our family sessions or gift certificates?  Let’s get in touch and get started!

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        What is a “fully retouched image”?

        “Whah whah whah whah whah” … remember how the teacher on Charlie Brown sounded?? I sometimes fear that my clients will hear me that way.

        I’ve come to realize photographers use all kind of lingo that we just take for granted that everyone understands. We quickly throw around terms to describe file size, aspect ratio and the like, and I’ve been at it so long now, it’s hard to step back and remember when or where I learned all that. I have to remind myself that not everyone knows exactly what we mean! I try my best to start every viewing and ordering appointment with a little “info sesh.” This is where I explain that the images that we show are proofs with basic retouching, meaning that they are white balanced, light balanced, and possibly cropped and straightened. But that is it. Only after an image is selected for purchase do I go in and do the final retouching.

         

        Clients have a basic understanding of what a retouched image is. Some liken it to applying “filters” that are found on Instagram, as I have been asked before what filters I use. And much like a filter, there is something called a “preset”, that can be applied to all images at once in a “batch edit” to create a particular aesthetic.

         

        Making Wall Art

         

        From Camera to Wall Art – Our Typical Workflow

        A typical workflow is to shoot a session, then bring the images onto the computer for culling and editing. The best images are then chosen, and then that set of images is white balanced, light balanced and straightened. Our own special “preset” is then applied, which is kind of like the secret sauce that gives our images our signature look. We could stop there, and a lot of photographers do. The images at this point do look great and they are proof ready. What happens next is what elevates our images to the next level and gets them ready to be printed and displayed, the final retouch, which is done by hand.  Some of these edits may look small, but once the image is blown up for hanging, the small touches really make the difference and add polish to the final product.

         

        Before and After Retouching

         

        The Final Retouch

        This is where we go in and remove anything that might be distracting that we could not avoid while shooting. Typical cleanup is leaves on the ground, trash on the ground, trashcans, or anything in the background that pulls the eye away from the main subject in the image. Next the subject is retouched, and that often includes things like blemish removal, skin smoothing, brightening eyes, and lightening shadows. When it is requested of me, I will fix flyaway hair and slim bodies. Often, when we are photographing groups of people that include young children, it is hard to get a good expression on every person at the same time. And hence we pull out the big magic wand and do a head swap! I then finish off with a little selective sharpening, usually around the eyes, and maybe a sweep of the edges to burn down highlights and enhance shadows. The final result is a beautiful work of art that is ready to be made into wall art that you will be proud to display for a lifetime of memories!

         

        Got a minute and want to see my editing in action?  (Actually, it’s a 16 minute edit condensed down to 1:06!)

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