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Monthly Archives: July 2011

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. ┬áHe 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.