Category Archives: photography

Q: What kind of camera should I buy?

[published on Medium.com June 17, 2018] A: The question I am most often asked is answered in Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” People, of course, aren’t satisfied with this answer. “What does that even MEAN?” they implore, followed by a rapid succession of questions, the answers to which require knowledge of aperture, shutter speed,...

A Zany Christmas

  When I met Zany in college, I didn’t even realize he had other names (like “Dave.”) It takes awhile to get used to living in a new location. It takes awhile to get familiar with a new camera, and it takes awhile to learn the flavors of a manual focus prime (my former workhorse...

Testimonial — Jen Schulze

August 28, 2016, 9:48 AM They LOVED every single photo and every overlap of the pictures … they were so expertly done. You are GIFTED! Madison couldn’t stop talking about them. Blaise quietly said to me, “I know it sounds stupid, Mom, but those photos made the day magical… It’s was a great day but...

storytelling with images (a wedding story)

“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.” — Rainer Maria Rilke Happy Ever After, Madison & Blaise! It was an honor to be a part of your wedding day. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness. 🙂      ...

MedPharmics

When shooting headshots for corporate profiles, I’ve found people can be nervous and apprehensive. To break the ice, I ask them to give me their best silly face. It elicits a few laughs, and it always surprises me how creative people can be (some people actually have a Silly Face that they break out) and...

Art is not a thing …

… it’s a process!I spent this week helping Artist Connie Chapman update her logo with her tagline and create a video to promote her website. Her lessons to help the elderly and children get involved in the process of making art, exploring the relaxation of coloring.  

the gaping hole

Wardo’s sudden death left so many of us without words. As the days — and now weeks — pass after the car accident that ultimately took his life, the word that keeps coming back to me to describe this awful unfairness is gaping. The verb, as in how we stared ahead in disbelief, jaws dropped, to the news...

puppy!!!

Three of us in this house have never, ever had a puppy. Two of the three of us are extremely allergic. So we spent the last year with Dr. Tammy Harvey, getting allergy shots. And today, we took a big gamble and picked out a puppy! We had to choose between these two:   Guess...

Local musicians give homeless an opportunity to get in on the act

By Christine Gacharná Special to The Advocate The familiar white noise of freeway traffic overhead and sirens in the distance were interrupted last Tuesday afternoon for homeless residents by the pulsing sounds of popular local musicians performing inside the New Orleans Mission. “Hit Me America,” an organization that pairs songwriters and musicians with a live...

drippy trees

I found myself free for a couple of hours on Magazine St., so I walked over to Audubon Park to check out the Spanish Moss, which is the subject of a collaboration I’m working on with Steve Fleming. I was in the wrong shoes, but ventured off the paved walkway anyhow to truly explore. It’s still steamy...

Building a better Humane Society

By Christine Gacharná Special to the Advocate For man’s best friend in Louisiana, “in the doghouse” is shaping up to be a pretty sweet place to be. Barkitecture, the Louisiana Humane Society’s inaugural doghouse building competition, encourages participants to merge architecture and creativity with the construction of a fully functional doghouse. The contest has garnered...

Lakeview in monochrom

The kids and I kicked around small-town Oregon for a week this summer, where I spent my free time working on two personal project collaborations: a landscape project with artist Steve Fleming, and an architectural challenge with Mark Harrelson. I limited myself accidentally on purpose (by nature of the MM) to black and white and one lens...

Chef Carl

In my work as an editorial writer and photographer, everything I shoot on assignment is with my Nikon as the publications I work for only run full color images. Even so, I rarely go out on assignment (or even into the world, for that matter) without my Leica in tow. It’s small, lightweight, unobtrusive. It has other...

WWII Museum hosts Robotics Challenge

By Christine Gacharná Special to the Advocate Middle schoolers spent a Saturday morning at The National WWII Museum deciphering enemy code, hitting drop zones, unloading soldiers from a Higgins boat, avoiding obstacles on the beaches of Normandy and liberating Paris — all in two-and-a-half minutes using Legos. The Second Annual Robotics Challenge brought real-life scenarios...

A’s and Aces teaches game of tennis, life

By Christine Gacharná Special to the Advocate A bean bag flies across a classroom filled with elementary school students. The thrower’s teamwork is encouraged, the catcher’s sportsmanship commended, all students in the circle soaking up the life skills lessons they aren’t even fully aware they are learning. The kids are part of the A’s and...

Young New Orleans Dancers get chance to shine

Originally published by The New Orleans Advocate, May 8, 2014.   By Christine Gacharná Special to The Advocate The seasoned, sparkling grand finale of the New Orleans Ballet Association main stage season also marks the beginning of eight, bright, young careers. New York based Parsons Dance has choreographed a new work to Allen Toussaint’s iconic...

Terrance Osborne, others collaborate on playhouse

By Christine Gacharná Special to The Advocate Terrance Osborne’s trip to Winn-Dixie over the weekend was business as usual — for him, that is. The artist arrived at the Algiers grocery store with his painter’s palette, brushes, paint and Bose headphones amid the Saturday morning shoppers. In between meeting and greeting his local fans, he...

Birthmark Doulas

Originally published in The New Orleans Advocte, Dec. 17, 2013 By Christine Gacharná Special to the Advocate It’s midnight and the baby is coming. The doula holds one hand steady on Mom as she leans over to write notes: 12:30 a.m., 5 cm, panting 1:30 a.m., checked by nurse, 6cm. Mom: ”I can’t do it...

Steve Fleming, artist

Several years ago, a burned-out photographer stumbled on a brilliant painter. That’s how the story began. Since then, the photog moved from D.C. to New Orleans and put her photo business on sabbatical and bought a yoga studio, yadda yadda yadda.  Meanwhile, the painter continues to paint.  Amazing paintings.  (See for yourself.) This post is long...

Jingjing

It’s NOT possible NOT to love a girl named Jingjing.  Seriously.  (I know, double negative.  But I’m serious.)  She’s like a fabulous little porcelain doll.  I want to scoop her up and put her in my pocket and carry her with me everywhere.  🙂  Not literally, but you get what I mean. I met Jingjing in yoga...