I had a wonderful time in New Orleans. I met some of the most wonderful people at the Church and feel so blessed to have gotten the chance to meet each and every one of them. Father John was just as amazing as I thought he would be. He was so helpful in helping both myself and my other classmates in finding contacts. It was hot there, but I think I was expecting much worse. One thing I really wanted to see was New Orleans cemeteries. Whenever I think about the city thats one of the first things that pops in my head. When I found out that one of our sunrise shoots was at the cemeteries I was so excited. They were just as amazing as I thought they would be. Now that I am home I can’t help but miss the city and all of the wonderful people I had met. I want to thank again, Father John, Lois Washington, Silvia Thomas, Calvin Parker, and the Berry family for being so kind and welcoming to me. The people in New Orleans are truly what makes the city so special, I can’t wait to get the chance to go back down there, and visit my friends at the Church!
Monday: Our last day in New Orleans was very short, we went to lunch with Ted Jackson from the Times Picayune, A wonderful man who had some very interesting stories to share with us. After lunch Colleen and Becky dropped us off at the French Quarter so we could do some last minute shopping. Megan and I then rushed back to the hotel in the rain to get our bags to head to the airport! I was both happy and sad to leave New Orleans. I was excited to see all of my family and friends back in Minnesota, but was extremely sad to leave all of my new friends and my classmates.
Sunday: This day Becky took me to shoot b-roll around the Church in the morning, and then we went back to the Church to view the Sunday Mass! I set up a P2 in the loft where Becky stayed and looked over the camera and Father John’s audio. Colleen was down by the choir recording their audio, while I went around with the 7D getting different angles of the Service. The people were so nice to me and welcomed me with open arms. After Mass I said my goodbyes to Father John and my new friends. Once the Mass was finished we rushed back to the hotel where I tried to edit as much as I could before the Photo Alliance Critique. I was incredibly nervous (always am!) ha, but the critique went well and I was happy with what I could show the group. After the critique we went to Juan’s flying Burrito. I was so excited for this, Mexican is my favorite food of all time! After we ate we returned to the hotel to get ready for Tony’s last shoot at the Howlin’ Wolf’s Den, where we got to see the Hot 8 Brass Band perform! They were really good and I was happy I got to see them!
Saturday: I had my interview with Calvin Parker. Before the interview, Becky and I went to find Marie Laveau’s grave site. We noticed when we parked that someone’s car got broken into so we decided to grab all of my stuff and bring it into the cemetery with us. Becky carried my backpack and suitcase, while I had the camera and tripod. We looked like we were planning on camping in the cemetery! We walked up and down this large cemetery to find nothing. We ended up finding a worker and he told us that we were in St. Louis Cemetery #3 and we needed to be in St. Louis Cemetery #1. It seemed like we had been walking forever in this cemetery both of us dripping with sweat! We got back into the car and headed towards the right Cemetery. Once we saw tons of tourists we knew we were in the right place. We decided it would be smart if we split up and whoever found it first would call the other. It took us five seconds to find the tomb! As I was filming the tomb, a tour guide came along and started telling us about the tomb, which I got the entire thing recorded!
Friday: As a class (minus Tony) we went to Mississippi to the Beach! I enjoyed my time here I even went swimming in the Gulf! After we went to Shaggy’s and had lunch. I had the Nachos they were really good! Then drove back to the hotel around 3. Once we got back to the hotel it was time to edit.
Today I slept in (much needed) I woke up at 8 and couldn’t believe how tired I was! I quickly went downstairs to eat breakfast, and then came back up to the room and got ready. At 10:30 Becky and I headed over to the Church. I interviewed Mrs. Washington the Church’s secretary. The interview went very well, and I think I got some good footage. Becky and I then went outside to shoot the exterior of the Church. She even drove around the block a bunch so I could get a nice panning shot of the Church, along with the the neighborhood and Holy Ghost Catholic School. Becky then dropped me off at the Church were I spent a majority of my time inside the Church filming b-roll. The Church is so incredibly beautiful that I honestly could have spent all day filming in it. Father John then met me in the Church and asked if I would like to take a drive to the old Church. I packed up and he showed me around the Parish. It was wonderful and I really enjoyed my time with him. We arrived back at the Church and I talked with him some more as I waited for Becky to come pick me up. Once I arrived back at the hotel, Jorah and I went to Popeyes!
Here are some screen shoots from the Church.
5:30: Sunrise shoot at.
7:30: Had a delicious breakfast.
9:10: We left for the Times Picayune. Megan, Colleen and I went along with photographer John McCusker to a ground breaking event for Tv Station WYES. It was really cool to see what it was like to work as a photographer at a large newspaper. It was also really interesting to hear the stories John had about Katrina. We then had an amazing lunch at a place called Liberty.
2:30: Jorah and I went to the Zoo to see the White Alligators!!! We got there right in time for the the feedings! It was really cool and I got some cool pictures of many of the animals!
After we finished at the Zoo, we walked to the bus stop and waited about 30 min for the bus. Once we got back to the hotel we were exhausted and starving! We decided to go out with Devin, Megan, and Tony to get dinner in the French Quarter. I got a sandwich with enough deli meats to feed 3 other people! It was really good and filling!
Today we all woke up at 5:00 am to meet downstairs at 5:30. Our sunrise shoot today was at the French Quarter. I feel like I got some good b-roll footage of the city, but can’t wait to get more. After our shoot we met at the lobby for a critique. After the critique we headed to Megan’s shoot at Lil’ Dizzy. Father John actually helped Megan find the contact for this restaurant, which happened to be its owner Wayne Baquet. We enjoyed an amazing lunch buffet at Lil’ Dizzy, my favorite was the fried chicken! After lunch Megan set up for her interview with Wayne, while Colleen and I set off towards the Church. I met Mrs. Washington at the Church and she let me in.. I couldn’t believe how breath taking it was inside. Stained glass everywhere with these amazing vaulted ceilings. Father John came in shortly after to say hello. Colleen left to go pick up Devin and Megan. Father John and I chatted for a bit and then I was running around the church trying to get as much b-roll as possible. There was so many different beautiful things to shoot it was hard to decide which to film first. Before long Colleen was back with Devin and Megan. I was so extremely happy to have them there to help with my interview with Choir member, Silvia Thomas. Silvia’s interview went very well she was such a wonderful woman. Once the interview was completed people started packing into the church, it was time for choir practice. Found out that there are 40 members in this choir. It was so cool to film this. I was so impressed with the singers. It makes me so excited to watch how their hard work will pay off at Sundays Mass. I also met a man named Calvin Parker (member of the choir). I asked if he would mind being interviewed for my film. He said that he would love to and that he will be in contact with me tomorrow or Thursday. I look forward to hearing from him! All in all today was very successful and I had a lot of fun!
Today I woke up at 5 am for my first sunrise shoot! I met Becky and Devin downstairs at 5:20 am. It went great except for the foggy lenses and my 70-200mm lens not working. The sunrise was absolutely stunning! We rode on the ferry twice and I got some really nice looking footage. I arrived back at the hotel at 7:30, just in time for some breakfast. Around 10:30 am Megan, Devin, Tony, and I all went to St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, where I finally got to meet Father John Cisewski in person. He was just as wonderful as I expected and he was gracious enough to be my first interview. The interview lasted around 40 minutes and went wonderfully. I was then introduced to the Berry family. The Berry’s are one of the families that Father John has helped. They were kind enough to all come in the room and be interviewed. It was interesting to hear both Father John, and the Berry’s opinions on certain topics, such as the crime rate, or Mardi Gras. I also met Mrs. Washington, the Church’s secretary. She was a delight, her presence got me really excited for our upcoming interview. After I finished at the Church we all went to a restaurant called, Voodoo BBQ. I had a slow pulled pork platter. It was really tasty and the Mojo BBQ sauce was to die for! After lunch we went back to the hotel and got ready for Megan and Tony’s shoot at The Three Muses restaurant. Megan conducted her first interview with the owner of the restaurant, her name was Sophie Lee. While Tony filmed Sophie’s husband, who played with his bands at the restaurant. After we were finished with this shoot we came back to the hotel and had a meeting about our upcoming schedules. Now it’s time for bed, I have another early morning tomorrow.
Today was the first day in New Orleans! I woke up at 4:00 am to get to the airport by 5:15! Our flight to Memphis was delayed so once we got to Tennessee we were in a rush to get to our gate (which happened to be on the opposite end of the terminal). Once we arrived to New Orleans we took a shuttle to get the cars. We arrived at the hotel and then quickly walked to the Katrina bus Tour. After the tour we went back to the hotel and got ready to go to Tipitina’s. Tipitina’s was a lot of fun, there was live Cajun music and dancing! Devin, Jorah, Tony, and I then went to a restaurant called Dress It. The food was really good and I had some amazing tator tots. Today was really busy, but so far its been great!