When my family and I travel, I take photos not only of our family activities but also of the architecture and the events happening around us. I sometimes even go off on my own for a “photo walk”, if for nothing else, to spare my family the boredom of following me around while I photograph the interesting details I see!
New Orleans is one of my favorite cities to photograph. It is such a colorful city and is so rich in architecture and history! So, in the spirit of paying homage to Mardi Gras, I’m sharing some of my favorite images from the beautiful Crescent City.
My mom, sister, and I traveled to New Orleans last February for a long “Girls’ Weekend”. Even though we visited a couple of weeks prior to the big Mardi Gras weekend, the city was already busy with visitors and parades, and the French Quarter decked out and ready to party!
We spent most of our weekend walking, shopping, and eating our way through the French Quarter area, but before we left, I was determined to see the historic Garden District. On our last morning, I found a self-guided walking tour online, hopped on a street car, and headed that way. Beautiful homes, architecture, gardens, (and cool old cemeteries) abound in the Garden District, and it was fun to even see some homes of famous people, like author, Anne Rice, and the childhood home of Peyton and Eli Manning!
Take a walk with your camera – you will probably discover you aren’t the only one out there! You can do a photo walk anywhere – a cool old neighborhood or downtown area in your own community, an old church, or other building with beautiful architectural details. Photograph what you think is interesting and shoot it from many different angles – you never know what you might end up with.
Online resources (like Frommer’s) are so wonderful, and when you accompany that with your smart phone and camera, you’ve got all you need! Once you’re home, find your best photographs to print and hang in your home. They will serve as not only a great memory, but will be beautiful art as well!
Laissez les bon temps rouler!